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29 Dec 09 21:01
Date Joined: 14 May 06
| Topic/replies: 6,662 | Blogger: Journeyman's blog
Funk you, I just did what you told me.

Now lets get one thing straight: I couldn't care less what goes to Xmas number 1. I stopped caring about stuff like that around about the age of 11, as most of us do. The Christmas number 1 is the terrain of children and grannies, and decades upon decades of stupid novelty singles, like Slade. I hate Slade.

Every Christmas I run the yearly gauntlet of trying to actively avoid Christmas music, as it generally represents all that is bad about the music industry. When it comes to Christmas day, I'll relent and sit with my Mum listening to some XFM Christmas album she got about ten years ago and, perversely, 'Last Christmas' by Wham as its the only song that doesn't fill my mouth up with sick, even though it probably should.

I'm not against Christmas music, per se, just Christmas number 1's, which give or take the questionable nature of my Wham favourite, are all a bit **. Mr Blobby anyone?

Don't get me wrong, I like Killing in the Name Of, it's a good song. But it's not a Christmas number one, and voting it as such fails on so many different levels.

Firstly there is the fact that it is not even remotely Christmassy. Ditto most of the brainless X Factor dirges, so I'm on neither side of the fence on this one. The whole point of Christmas number ones is that they should at least be a bit festive, I mean, c'mon... it's called Christmas number one for a reason.

People picked RATM to be facetious, and basically on the premise of the '** you I won't do what you tell me' line, when essentially that's what everyone who bought it was doing; what they were told.

In an act of smug 'rebellion' which was no doubt spurred on by the 'hilarity' of listening to a swear-laden chorus over Christmas dinner, people clubbed together and voted in Rage to you know, stick it to Simon Cowell, and prove that they're 'sick of all this robot muck'. 'We want real music' blah blah blah...

Firstly, because of this whole debacle, Joe McElderly has sold far more than he ever would have done, had the Rage option never come along, to the tune of 450,000 units, which is still the largest amount of downloads for a debut single, ever. He will no doubt, still go to number one after all this furore has died down. Cowell will still profit, smiley**boy will still get his prize, albeit not quite the prize he was promised.

I don't think voting against him was an act of bullying, but I do think it smacked of hypocrisy. The majority of the people who were so fervent in their support of RATM, were the very ones who obsessively tweeted and facebooked about X Factor just weeks before. They were a vocal part of it's 20 million viewing figures, and helped grease the wheels of the publicity machine that got McElderly up there in the first place.

Here's a thought, if you really want to stick it to Simon Cowell and all this fake ass drivel; don't watch X Factor. That's the surest way to hit his pocket where it hurts, as X Factor makes its money from advertising garnered off of viewing figures. If nobody watched it, X Factor would just disappear. But none of you are going to start doing that are you? Thought as much.

Many musicians backed Rage out of jealousy, out of the whole 'that kid hasn't worked hard enough to go to number one, he doesn't know the blood sweat and toil of being on the road trying to get a deal...' which knowing a lot of unsigned bands, I can kind of understand. One of the things I immediately opposed about the X Factor campaign was the belief among all involved that it was McElderlys 'right' to go to number one. Which it isn't, and that kind of arrogance is never becoming on an up-and-coming artist.

Pause Switch to Standard View Brilliant perspective on the RATM...
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Report Journeyman December 29, 2009 9:02 PM GMT

But if that was the case, why Rage? Why not some up-and-coming band that could really have done with the exposure? Sure, Rage write their own music, but they're still part of the same corporate monster, and it's certainly not a 'grassroots' campaign when you are voting for someone who already has millions in the bank.

The difference between RATM and Simon Cowell, is that at least Cowell makes no bones about the fact that he is a business man. RATM veil themselves in a cover of socialism, which in reality they stopped believing in/caring about the moment they signed to Epic/Sony. Yes, RATM gave an undisclosed amount of the proceeds of the single to charity, but rest be assured the majority of the proceeds still lined their pockets and paid for all their limos and champagne, which by the way, they are fond of.

This isn't a 'selling out' argument, I'm more than aware that signing to major record labels is what bands have to do to survive. But know your enemy here. If you bought their single to 'stick it to the man' then know that Rage are a part of that very machine they were so enraged against, and are very much all about the money these days.

At the centre of all of this Xmas number one publicity, the only one who is really laughing - is not Rage, or Simon Cowell, or even the people who rallied for either side -but Sony BMG.

And what are we left with? A song that benefits a smug few, and millions of very confused children and grandparents who all of this is lost on. Well done, you really stuck it to them.

Merry Christmas,

Sim xxxx

Brilliant summary Alex.
Report attitude adjuster December 29, 2009 9:19 PM GMT

From a nobody that doesn't even know his or her pop history.
"Last Christmas" was a never a Xmas No.1...everyone knows that and they also know the interesting statistical fact about the track.

We had far more informed debate on here during the Xmas No.1 thread than this tedious rehash
So why the need to start another thread? Why not let it go
Report deejayric December 29, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
- Opening line: Now lets get one thing straight: I couldn't care less what goes to Xmas number 1.
- Rest of article: A ridiculously patronising viewpoint illustrating that, in fact, the writer clearly DID care a great deal about what went to Xmas number 1 in 2009. And aren't the little record-buying people are just sooo stupid eh?

It was all just a bit of fun. Like Slade, in fact. Lighten up.

A poorly written, hypocritical, extremely uptight article imo.
Report five leaves left December 29, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
Anyone who hasn't enjoyed a little slade at christmas, isn't worth listening to.
Report TheMadness December 29, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
"Don't get me wrong, I like Killing in the Name Of, it's a good song."

Lost me at this point. Does anyone really believe this song is going to continue to have a life after the band have broken up or died?
Report attitude adjuster December 30, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
Bit harsh TM,

it was the lead track in an album which went triple platinum first time out

shifted over half a million alone itself and nicked the "coveted xmas no.1 " slot second time out

what is it supposed to do next time ?:|
Report shrewdbury December 30, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
It is an excellent track.
Report CLYDEBANK29 December 30, 2009 11:18 AM GMT
I just read the first paragraph and knew the article was from someone with his head stuck up his arse so stopped after that.
Report Bobsyboy December 30, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
WHY should people NOT watch/ vote on X-Factor just to get at Simon Cowell!!!???
Yes it was good to see people power and show Simon he isn't as domineering as he thinks - but X-Factor is STILL entertaining!
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