I Fight Dragons Music Business Case Study - 1 song, 7.5 writers, 18+ versions

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SomeCallMeWeird : The real mystery for me is that you tagged this 'Himalayan Folk Music' on soundcloud...

sanoichiro : All of these versions are great.  I really feel though, that just like their thoughts on kaboom, the label was wrong from the get go.  "LIES IN STEREO" was by far the best for me.  Some of the lyrics for the other versions were great, but the chorus and melody in Lies were perfect.  I don't know what you're planning on doing with the track, but great work.

Ci Gallagher : So strange to hear one song become just over an entire album's-worth of demos. Glad it finally found it's home on the new album as Chicago.

BraveBreaker Gaming : Well...now I know where the track name "Chicago" came from...

flabort : If I understood their blog correctly, IFD is now taking Chicago and changing the base that these were all built off of - the Wells Track itself is undergoing some changes for their next version of that song. I'm thinking I Will Be the One [v2] would go wonderful with a similar changes, and blow "Radioactive" out of the water. BTW, before anyone complains that I'm getting IFD and ImagineD confused, I'm not. It's just that that song gets so much radiotime, IFD deserves more radiotime too.

Callefang : Gotta love that Himalayan folk music.

Susan Bachner : This is a great band with great songs, ( I've seen them play live). And it's a crazy story of what happened with this track. But as I songwriter, I think the looniest part of it is that for some reason the label listened to the original track, which was not a song at all good, bad or neutral, but merely a musical "bed" of organized chord progressions, and decided that this thing was a "hit song". It wasn't a song at all so how one earth could they come to this conclusion? Then they drove the songwriter nuts for a year, and spent all kinds of money on studio time and got other songwriters involved, thinking that some person or combination of people could be the ones to "fix" it so that the non-existent song would be what they would consider a hit. Makes absolutely no sense at all. I like the collab he did with Matt Mahaffey ( not surprised since I'm a big fan of his) but the most "real" version of the thing was the last one where he went off on the frustration of this experience. Real songs come from a real place.

Melanie Murder : Wow those time lines is when my friend first told me about you guys. And of course being a Nerd & a Gamer I fell in Love. But anyway, I'm really good and picking,out a band's next hit off an album. Don't know why. It's just ALWAYS my forever song on the album. And thing you k now it's ' the band's' New hit... It kinda pisses me off sometime. But Kaboom is an amazing album. And that demo totally would have been a HIT if record labels weren't such Dicks. But that suck you didn't get to put it out there. I would have loved to have heard it all.

metvelle : looks like it became chicago, I heard it on warped tour, turned out awesome

likeLlikeH : I thought that It's Not Me, It's You was my favorite, but after listening to all of them, Drive Thru is the one that's stuck in my head =] They were all lovely. It's Not Me, It's You, Drive Thru, Lifeline, and Down With Perfect were my favorites. IFD is amazing and I'm so glad that you were able to take your music to Kickstarter and get funded to make a record that you love <3

MootroidXProductions : Ah. Thanks.

MootroidXProductions : Why is there no download link?

SoundboothTutorials : Better living thru television is my favourite version. It just sounds less like a song that was turned out in a sausage factory. That said, I think they all miss the mark in some way. Let the music be dictated by the lyrics, not the other way around. Having a cool groove = nothing, and you have 18 versions of nothing. Also your song is too loudly mastered, except for the above version which I liked, louder is not better.

Rock, Paper, Cynic : I've got to say, it's pretty fascinating getting to peek in on the songwriting genealogy!

spakuloid : Runaways is my favorite version.

Going Spaceward : BetterLivinThruTelevision, Drive Thru, and Can't Get to Me are my favorites!

Lisa Scinta : As a full-time writer... I feel your pain. Every meeting is along the lines of, "we need the next Call Me Maybe." The label heads have lost touch and chase sounds rather than developing new ones. I can't imagine re-writing the same song 18 times. I wouldn't have the stomach for it and I think my soul would die. Kudos for letting it go and making music you believe in. Indie is the way to go!! Good luck with everything :)

3006spikespiegel : Is it me or it would be great to have the lyrics!?

Veggie55 : Love these stories, I seriously hope you come to Ireland someday though :c

GiantTabby : Love these tracks

Matty Jiles : They left their label a few months ago! So now they can do what they want :)

cooljammer00 : The Rivers track was good...until Rivers started singing.

Flargenyargen : Almost every track listed in the links is album worthy. I don't think it would have stood out as much as some of the other tracks on Kaboom (some of those tracks are just too wonderful), but I can't get enough of these. Especially the harmonies in "Chicago". If we lost a track on the album, this made a severely enlightening case study about modern professional songwriting. Thank you for putting this out there!

Riflepariah : Lies In Stereo ...can't believe this is only a demo, sounds great :D great name too btw!

Shodredux : I have to say the progression of this track and lyrics are amazing. I think #18 is the best because you can feel the emotion and frustration in trying to create this into a original hit song, but the label keeps knocking you down. So, instead of getting all uppity and angry about it, you decided to take a humorous approach in the fashion similar to a break up. "It's not me, it's you," is a hit because you turned this song into a polite and melodic rejection letter to a label, which was brilliant

The Worst Party On Earth : It's Not Me It's You IS great but I was also diggin' BetterLivinThruTelevision, among some other versions. I've had to totally rewrite a verse or chorus on one of my tunes, but nothing like this, obviously. Surprised you didn't end up like Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys.

praisethecow : Love the It's Not Me, It's You version

Chris Parker : Music like this exists.

Marrk Ravenn : Went and listened to all the versions and to be honest with you, the track without the lyrics is my favorite. I dont know why people are so convinced a song has to have lyrics to be good.

Lo-Fi Loser : That sucks what happened, but it made some amazing songs come out as a result. I love Lies in Stero, Down with Perfect, and Fight or Flight, but my all time favorite of the tracks has to be Losing the battle, Winning the war. Can't wait to see what you guys make next!

TheSpongeyFrog : Why is there a bell end at the end of your comment...

MattJamesInnit : Rock stars say 'No'! ... How can a backing track indicate the quality of a song that hasn't yet been written? What utter nonsense. That's the boundary and the point of push back. If you pander to that kind of gibberish when you hear it, then don't be surprised when you get twaddle all the way...and that's what happened. Chicago is great. I want to hear it again. Now THAT's how to tell a hit.

WolfDemon69 : I really love that you shared the journey of this song with us in this way. I love how raw the emotion feels in the final track and it definitely has a victorious aura. It's absolutely crazy that the label pushed you to that point but in a weird way, I think it produced the best emotion in the song and it's always going to be one of my favorite songs of all time

samuraidude92 : Actually, they already did leave their label a few months back, and just managed an independent tour.

RJay : That's a full minute of rocking out that I'll be doing at least a few more times. ^_^;

TheWordsmythe : Somewhere before the first album, I remember mentioning IFD to my friends, describing the sound as "Fountains Of Wayne, but with chiptune." So: NAILED IT.

Peter Konrad Konneker : Woah! Listened to Chicago b/c you said it was your favorite and it literally gave me chills.

Peter Konrad Konneker : Awesome. :D Thanks for sharing and especially the track, haha. I like it. :)

Darkwarrior006 : You basically have enough material for 2 albums now. Just do that protest the hero did and let the fans finance the album. You could even do a double album if you wanted too.

madestmadhatter : its not me its you sounded pretty good (strictly from what you played at the end,) I like honesty in music and its not always going to be relateble but when you've got that realism in there it really comes through.

Daniel Liedtke : Wow, you weren't kidding about the blunt part. I like it though (the 'It's Not Me, It's You' track). I think my favorite versions along the way were Lies In Stereo and Chicago.

GeometryInStatic : It's amazing people still feel the need to sign to record labels. Especially after what Macklemore accomplished.

Remarus : I agree with several others, release It's Not Me, It's You as an actual single. There's something fucking special with that version.

Elliott Ridenour : Very cool, thank you for sharing so much interesting Dragons awesomeness.

2nerdsonacouch : "It's Not Me, It's You" I freakin love it and would only change ONE word. lol. "guess you haven't read the news its not me (F@

Aeroxima : Really love 18, all I can say.

AMUSIUM MUSIC : "It's Not Me It's You" is unquestionably the best version... Gave me goosebumps !!

kevin aldo : beautifully blunt and truthful

petersumusic : Dude, sick track. And it's crazy that RIVERS CUOMO wrote over your track - amazing. Cool story dude

roidoid8472 : Big labels will only exist in the future for singers who don't write their own songs. The internet is making them obsolete. And thank fuck for that, because a bunch of talentless stuffed shirts shouldn't be deciding what makes a good song. Loved this. Very interesting insight into the dickery that goes on behind the scenes with record labels.