Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses (we read a lot of Wikipedia, after all) here at Dying Scene like to unleash some noteworthy trivia. Today’s “fun factoid” is about Fugazi refusing to sign with a major label.
In 1993, one year before the success of The Offspring, Green Day and Rancid, Fugazi were pursued by a number of major record labels when they were on tour promoting their seminal album In on the Kill Taker. During their sold-out 3-night stint at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom that September, Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegün met Fugazi backstage and offered them ten million dollars and “anything they wanted” to sign to his label. They refused, and would continue releasing albums on Ian MacKaye’s label Dischord Records.
Just stop for a moment and imagine what Red Medicine would sound like if it was released on Atlantic. Yeah, that would be weird.