I really don't know what your point is. You could sit around in your little home-town basking in your anti-establishment glow by *not* signing a record-contract? Yeah right, there was a whole load of talent that was missed out on by the world with people who took stances like that. I worked in the music industry for years and was involved with seven indie and dance bands that got label deals. The number of bands who truly were truly happy to do local promotion and didn't want a deal? You can could count them on the fingers of no fingers. My point, obviously, was that to get heard round the world you needed a label (NB not major, just a label which involved some fucking cool indie labels out there - where does 'crossing-over' come into it?). Whereas now you can self-promote via the internet, which you couldn't then. That's really it, end of. Oh, and Jane's Addiction shifted well over 5 million albums worldwide and were on Warners so I think they "crossed-over" just fine.