The sad truth of the matter is you guys are right, none of you have a clue what selling out means. Calling BT a sell out is a joke, he had nothing to give up going commercial, there is absolutely nothing controversial about his music, his image, or politics.
Crass, the Dead Kennedys, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, Autechre, Theolinius Monk, these people have something to sell out,
" great stuff Mr. Monk, but could you give us a hit song, you know, some nice little melodic romantic sorta jazzy thing?"
"Hey you Dead Kennedy guys, great rockabilly punk sound, how about we change your name to the Dead Ken's and you sing some generalized angry at the world type of songs, we have major investments in the companies you mention Jello!"
I'm not a major fan of all the groups I mentioned, they are examples of edgy material though. These guys will go down in history as great artists, they actually care about what they do more than money, weird huh?
Maybe, just maybe americans have more contact with the rich, and know a little more personally the simple fact that money doesn't solve your problems, so why compromise your music? Personally I can't stand playing music I don't care for.
One of the reasons most music sucks is because most musicians are trying to make music that sounds commercial, rather than trying to make music that they like.