For those of you that don’t know, let me explain what just happened in England this weekend on the music scene.
First off, the music charts in England don’t mean shit, they have been clogged with useless, unoriginal dreck for most of my life. A few years ago a ‘frog‘ ringtone’ became #1, that should give you a good idea of what I mean.
So it comes as no surprise to me that for the last 5 years the #1 chart position at xmas time has been filled by winners from Simon Cowell’s craptastic show the X Factor. Let me be the first to say that if the complete destruction of original, artistic and interesting music is what they mean by ‘x-factor’, I think the show has been a complete success.
So apparently ‘the kids’ are upset about Cowell’s domination of the charts and started a Facebook campaign to have Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 classic ‘Killing In The Name Of’ the #1 song at Xmas. Well of course it gained steam, helped by heaps of press coverage and lo and behold as of today it is in fact the #1 song for xmas. Good for you rebels, you really stuck it to the man. What was the song it beat out? Some teenager’s cover of a Miley Cyrus song. No I am not kidding.
Let’s be clear that the days of charts meaning anything are long over, let’s also be clear that 95% of music released commercially is crap, our business has become a parody of itself and I’m being kind.
RATM are apparently ecstatic about their victory, and why not, they are raking in the money right now, I’d be pretty happy too. But victory, I don’t think so. Dismantle the record industry, change radio, get rid of payola, allow people to discover music that they would never otherwise hear. Now that would be a victory.
Tune into our radio stream here, I bet that within 30 minutes you will hear a track you have never heard before that you just ‘have to have’. Now that’s what music is about. Sometimes I am so ashamed of my home country.