How reassuring that we have not become a nation of puppets manipulated by Simon Cowell and his band of merry puppeteers.  I don’t have an issue with the fact that the X Factor has become a national obsession – we are social animals and have found a common bond, but I do like the fact that we still have our own mind when it counts and from time to time can prove that a grassroots campaign can make a massive difference.

It would be good if politicians could work out how to tap the nations collective desire to vote by actually providing us with credible people that we want to believe in.  This campaign has proved that it is not all about apathy.

Rock band Rage Against The Machine has won the most competitive battle in years for the Christmas number one.

The band’s single, Killing In The Name, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s The Climb by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot.

Their success followed a Facebook campaign designed to prevent another X Factor number one.

One retailer said it was a “truly remarkable outcome – possibly the greatest chart upset ever”.

Speaking on the Radio 1 chart show, Zack de la Rocha from Rage said: “We are very, very ecstatic about being number one.”

He added it was an “incredible organic grassroots campaign”.

“It says more about the spontaneous action taken by young people throughout the UK to topple this very sterile pop monopoly,” he said.

My friend sent me some details regarding her son’s band that has just had a mention in Q magazine – they’ve been mentioned as one of the top three bands to look out for next year:-

Here is the piece on my son’s band Skylarkers in this month’s Q Magazine – only small but v encouraging – quite relevant with the backlash against X Factor and Rage Against the Machine’s win. Interesting piece by Tim de Lisle in MoS ytdy making point that the show is about “power, control and money, not music”. Brian Reade in the Mirror also wrote about how we need more kids in their bedrooms writing edgy, relevant lyrics on scraps of paper and playing in grotty Camden clubs and pubs.

  1. Best example of People Power since the Barclays out of South Africa campaign. Love it.

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