Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum
Interesting point that makes sense.
But on the flip side, from an artistic point of view, these cult status bands have a lot more freedom, without the big labels telling them how to sound, telling them to use outside songwriters, and otherwise changing them around the way so many bands from the 70's and 80's were.
Freedom should be paramount. The only reason they were told what to do, is because it wasn't their money on the line if it went wrong. Labels are investors after all.
If you want 100% artistic freedom, be your own label.