RATM Taking The X Factor Out Of X'Mas

Posted by Grey Thursday, December 24, 2009

Just in time to slot in something to go along with Christmas spirit. Despite how much I wanted to call this, "All I Want For This XMas IS... Fuck You I Won't Buy What You Sell Me".

As fate would have it, seventeen years after its initial release, Killing In The Name, the revolutionary classic track from the self-titled debut album of one of my favorite bands ever, Rage Against The Machine, has found unprecedented fame and its associated notoriety, thanks to Facebook, Simon Cowell and the good old Christmas Day. A relentless revolutionary track from top to bottom, its notoriety is inevitable, and yet strangely fitting in this interesting little music chart tussle.

A little background for the uninitiated.

X Factor, a British television singing competition the likes of, well, basically all the run-of-the-mill reality TV thrash that have been infecting the entire world, has been around since 2006, as a direct replacement of Pop Idol, another reality TV thrash karaoke competition albeit a little more old school. Why the replacement if it is in essense the same thing, you ask? For the obvious reason. Mainly self-serving one for Simon Cowell, for the simple reason being that he will have television rights over the what-is-called reality TV crap. And as usual, crap like this always have their ways in global domination, as the show had became an international TV franchise with many iterations across Europe.

From there on, it had nearly became a British Christmas tradition since 2004 to have an X Factor winner to get to the top spot of the UK Singles Chart, thereby becoming the so-called "Christmas #1".

Until now.

In early December 2009, Jon and Tracy Morter, after their previous failed bid to get Rick Astley to the top of the chart in 2008, changed their tactics and launched an internet campaign via Facebook in an effort to encourage people to buy the song in the week running up to Christmas in order to prevent the winner of the The X Factor TV show from achieving the coveted Christmas number one slot in the UK Singles Chart for the fifth year running and have "Killing in the Name" as Christmas Number One.

Joe McElderry, the current X Factor winner, were therefore launched into the unenviable position of defending X Factor's iron grip on Christmas #1, with a pathetic effort, a cover of Miley Cyrus' The Climb, from the album Hannah Montana: The Movie. Fancy someone covering Hannah fucking Montana. Talk about soulless music manufacturing. Simon Cowell has publicly denounced the campaign as "stupid" and "cynical", while his latest protege, McElderry has this to say back when the sales of his single were 11,000 ahead of Killing In The Name, "They can't be serious! I had no idea what it sounded like. It's dreadful and I hate it. How could anyone enjoy this? Can you imagine the grandmas hearing this over Christmas lunch? "I wouldn't buy it. It's a nought out of ten from me. Simon Cowell wouldn't like it. They wouldn't get through to boot camp on The X Factor - they're just shouting."

Well, this tear-jerking faggot can running jerking off to his beloved mentor now. On December 20, BBC Radio 1 revealed that Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name", after a 16 year hiatus on the UK Singles Chart, has successfully re-entered and reached the number one spot, selling over 500,000 copies and being the first exclusively download-only single to hit number one in the process.

This, even after the negativity generated when band performed an uncensored rendition of the song, providing its now-classic seventeen servings of "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me" on BBC Radio 5Live on December 17th, despite the hosts, Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty asking them to censor the expletive end. So they did just what they sang, fucking care the host and not doing what they tell them. Both hosts apologized afterwards. The broadcast, though cut short by BBC, is available below as the band actually had a film crew documenting the entire event.

Enjoy, and more after the break.

That, ought to be the coolest Christmas #1 ever.... and a tough one to top. Anyway, alongside the group, a JustGiving page was created to raise money for UK homeless charity Shelter as the campaign were also supported by Rage Against the Machine themselves, while global media lapped up the news wildly. Accordingly, so does Dave Grohl, Liam Howlett, Sir Paul McCartney and the band Muse, who also pledged their support for the campaign. Celebrities outside the music scene also lend support to the campaign, with comedians Stephen Fry, Ross Noble and Bill Bailey among the celebrity supporters of the campaign.

Despite the victory, it was reported that "The Climb" is now selling fast and has overtaken "Killing In The Name" and looks set to get to number 1 on the 27th December 2009. Too bad, the Christmas #1 polling has ended.

Some fans have actually posted some very interesting videos on youtube to promote the campaign.

Check it out below. And also ,the original Facebook page that started it all. As it stands, there are a total of 998,862 members now. Oh, and by the way, the success of both Jon and Tracy Morter had prompted Simon Cowell to offer them a job of which they declined.

Even the infamous Hitler video gets to spoof this.

And the original Killing In The Name, not that it has changed, in any ways.


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