Here’s a very interesting story doing the rounds:
Apparently fed up with the predictable cover that is the X-Factor Christmas number one song every year in the UK, someone took it upon themselves to start a campaign to buck the trend. The song chosen? Rage Against The Machine’s sweary classic “Killing In The Name”.
On the one hand, this is an excellent idea. Personally I reckon modern music sucks, but I think this is just part of getting old. Regardless, having RATM at number one would be awesome. Whether it would actually get played on the radio even in it’s clean form is another matter. I also doubt that it would get put next to Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” or Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” on one of those plethora of Christmas Compilation Albums that get released every year.
However, I feel it also a bit of a sad state of affairs that commercialism has got so rampant at Christmas that we are forced to purchase votes in some kind of musical election if we want to be taken notice of. Yes, it may be that a bunch of irritated people stick two fingers up to the musical establishment and get it to number one for Christmas. Yeah, great. You just know that the X-Factor no-effort cover will get blanket radio play regardless. What also happens? The music industry is so global that the big companies still yo-ho-ho all the way to the bank having sold a butt load of X-Factor trash and a bunch of back-catalogue recordings.
I suppose we’ll find out soon enough what the outcome is.
By the way, I hear Amazon are selling it for 29p!