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Paying Your Dues Pt 2 Billy Bob Thornton

April 9, 2009

Yesterday we posted about paying your dues and how important it is to become a great artist.  Today we have the case of Billy Bob Thornton and his band The Boxmasters.

If you haven’t heard, Billy Bob Thornton was on the radio program Q and things went… awry. The host Jian Gomeshi, was interviewing the band, whilst Billy Bob was being difficult. Billy Bob preferred to be referred to as a pure musician, rather then an award winning actor, director, screen writer, etc.  Jian briefly mentioned that Billy Bob was successful in the film world to give the listeners some context. But Billy didn’t like this.

The video is filled with awkward hilarity, but in any case Jian via Jeff, provided us with a great point – bands don’t just blow up like Billy Bob’s did, without that kind of (film) career trajectory behind it. All bands need to pay their dues. In today’s world with so many bands vying for the listeners attention, an award winning film career will help. If Mr. Thornton didn’t want to be associated with his other career then he should change his name, not appear in any pictures, and start playing in clubs with less people in the audience then in his band. All bands need that paying your dues incubation period, even Billy Bob’s.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2009 7:43 pm

    I’m pretty sure if there is a giant planet somewhere in the universe shaped like a penis it’s called ‘The Billy Bob Thornton”.

    That Jian guy seems like a genuinely nice dude and he was very gracious in dealing with Thornton’s BS. If he wasn’t in fear of losing his job I would’ve like to have heard him say something like this:

    “Well, Billy with all due to respect to your talented bandmates and whatever musical talent you may have, don’t you think it’s a bit arrogant to act like your film career has NOTHING to do with you getting media attention? Did you play show after to show to 3 disinterested people in a club and slowly sweat your way to recognition? Well, then why do you act as if it’s a crime or an insult to acknowledge that your cinematic success is the primary attracting factor in your musical endeavors? You act as if you’re on the same level as someone like Sting who played to empty bars for years before he achieved success.”

    Thornton deserved to get his ass roasted but oh, well…

  2. April 9, 2009 8:49 pm


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