UK Xmas Number 1 (in Off-topic)

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] December 22 2009 7:55 AM EST

For those that haven't heard, or didn't know about it, there were a couple of campaigns being run to stop Simon Cowell's X Factor winner being the Xmas number one for the 8th year running.

(And with yet another cover, this time of a mylee cyrus song that's only recently been released anyway...)

My wife supported the Muppets 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which unfortunately only got to around 30.

The larger national campaign was to support Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing in the Name Of' (presumably for the bands name, and the apt corus).

With a massive amount of downloads (as the single wasn't re released), Killing in the Name Of succeeded in taking the coverted Xmas number one spot!

It also took the record of being the first song to ever take the number one spot from download sales alone.

A massive achievement, and a gloriously 'passive' revolution!


Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] December 22 2009 8:01 AM EST

So, errr...

'Killing in the Name Of' is your official christmas song this year?
Your place rules.

That is all.

AdminG Beee December 22 2009 8:03 AM EST

I'm hoping that it was simply a case of trying to keep X-Factor from reaching #1 rather than a case of the UK taste of music to come.
The Rage against the machine song is terrible in the extreme, and don't get me started on the lyrics. Yawn, how predictably bohemian. I think rage are the real life muppets and not the other failed attempt at the #1 spot you mention GL.

I'd have preferred Joe. Perhaps I'm just getting old, but whatever happened to Slade, Wizard and Cliff Richard..?

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] December 22 2009 8:19 AM EST

Oh it was only to keep X Factor off the top spot. And the song was specifically chosen to express the reasons for the protest.

Simon has actually offered the founders of the campiagn jobs, which they turned down. ;)

It's now rumoured that the finale of the X Factor will be moved forward a week, so the winner is guaranteed a number one hit (which wasn't part of the show... /sigh), but not the Xmas number 1 any more.

Mythology December 22 2009 8:42 AM EST

Stopped watching after Lucie Jones got booted off for the twins

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] December 22 2009 8:44 AM EST

I've never watched. I despise reality T.V. :(

AdminG Beee December 22 2009 9:08 AM EST

House with 2 daughters and a wife who all love X-Factor.

I was brainwashed several years ago... :(

QBsutekh137 December 22 2009 9:18 AM EST

Oh, come on, that RAtM song is pretty good (that album is still my favorite of theirs).

Remember the song is 17 years old. Of course it's going to seem like a pish-posh "anger anthem" at this point. (I wonder what they were so mad at in the heady days of 1992? *smile*) But even with that, it beats the pants off most rap/pop music, still. At least it says something.

I find it far more distressing that Facebook was used to coordinate this effort. Talk about an evil social force -- I'm pretty sure I know where "Killing in the Name of" would come down on Facebook. Oh, the irony!

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] December 22 2009 9:22 AM EST

At least it wasn't Twitter!

QBsutekh137 December 22 2009 9:38 AM EST

Indeed, though I am betting there were plenty of tweets concerning the "win"! *smile*
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