There are 115k+ bands in the MA DB as you may well know, and I’ve been giving results regarding these bands by qualifying them based on whether or not they have released a Full-length album and also sometimes if they are still labeled as “Active”. Although “Active” can mean a lot of things, not the least of which is whether or not they have released anything in the past forever-ago-years, it is one of the indicators we have in this regard. To give you an idea of what is being cut out by using this field I thought some pie charts were in order.
Also, I’m going to start labeling “bands with at least 1 Full-length album” as “w/>0FL” or similar for brevity.
So first, what does the DB look like as a whole?
That’s a fair spread. I would think the “Unknown” chuck would be bigger as I’m sure many of the “Active” ones are probably really that.
Now, what about w/>0FL?
Well this spins a different web. Looks like if you release >0FL you have a better chance of sticking around.
The plot above shows the number of bands that had their last album released in a given year. I’m showing cases of all bands w/>0FL, those + “Active”, and all of that + ==1FL for grins.
What does the daters tell us:
- A lot of bands call it quits before even releasing one FL
- Bands can be “Active” for decades without releasing bupkis.
- Using status in regards to productivity (i.e. maps per capita etc.) is bad
- Maybe I need to start over with this info where I’ve used it.