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Pop of King archive lost article: The Fragility of the American Dream

For some time now, I have rested easy knowing that the "Pop of King" articles were all discussed. I was certain that that area had been covered and had moved on. Alas, it turns out it was not the case. I'm not sure how, but I missed a couple. So, in order to rectify this, the handful of columns will be covered over the next week so that we can put this to bed once and for all.

This edition of King's column takes on a more somber tone as the author discusses a great band that never made it big despite being, in the author's opinion, quite good.

King notes that, ideally, talented people will find their place eventually. Whether they be thespians, musicians, or authors, you'd like to think that if someone is good, they'd get credit and recognition for it. As the aforementioned band, called Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers, shows, such is not always the case.

The column points out the perplexity as William Hung seemed to make it big. To be fair, he had about 5 minutes of fame before fading back into obscurity and the enjoyment derived from his style was more ironic than genuine. In other words, he fell into the "so bad, it's entertaining" category.

Still, things seem grim, but you could argue otherwise. As the author had noted in another column, fame has its downsides. More than that, there is something to be said about being a band that stays under the mainstreams radar. It may sound hipster, but there are several instances of fans becoming dissatisfied with a band once people actually start to discover and enjoy it. You could argue that the band kept its integrity intact and never fell victim to "the man".

With this article, the band does get some exposure and a recommendation by a fairly big name. Even if the group never did end up going platinum, here's hoping that it helped the band pick up a few more fans.

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