EXCOS MAKES DA HITS: A Christmas Special, we’re backing the ‘boys!

12 Dec

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. Call it a “declaration of interests” if you will, but I flipping HATE Killing In The Name Of by Rage Against the Machine. It’s an average angry pop song, and one which just happened to be played over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Twice. And it could be worse, it could be Mr Fucking Brightside.

That out of the way, let me explain why I just said that. Over the last week or so, the usual social networks, Twitter, Facebook, Livejournal (probably, if it’s still going) etc. have been ablaze with the campaign to get the aforementioned song to number 1 at Christmas this year, on the premise that it’s either that, or X-Factor. A battle between good and evil, right and wrong. Nothing else can possibly get to number one, they claim, so buy KITNO to stop the X-Factor. It’s kinda like those election leaflets you get shoved through your letterbox, saying “LABOUR CAN’T WIN HERE!!!!!11 BETTER VOTE US OR THE TORIES WILL WIN!!!!12331”, it’s not necessarily true, but it is highly likely, and just to make it really really really likely, we’ll hound you with capital letters, exclamation marks, and numbers.

In fairness, the good folk organising the campaign to get Rage Against The Machine have the right idea, but have had a massive irony fail. Consider the following:
What better a “Machine” to “rage” against than Simon Cowell’s pop manufacturing telly program, the X Factor? Even better than that, the hook in the song, the powerful line “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me”; that’s got to be about Cowell too, surely? If you think about it, we’d all be slavishly following a trend by buying the X Factor song, so why not stick two fingers up at the “Evil Empire” by collectively buying this catchy number, all because some website told us to?

That’s right kids, you’re fucked, and you did what you were told.

In what would appear to be a stunning bit of hypocrisy from Explainin’ The Cosmos, Lewisham’s fifth best expatriated peddler of nonsense, I would like every single one of you to go, next week, at any point between Sunday the 13th and Saturday the 20th, to Amazon, iTunes, Napster, Play.com or 7digital (not to mention any other fine online purveyor of digital downloads that I may have forgotten) and download “The Whole of the Moon” by the Waterboys.

Why? Because it’s ace. No other reason. It’s a good tune. No hidden agenda, I’m not making any money out of this, I don’t have any affiliation to the band, and at time of writing, I can’t even remember the lead singers name, though he might have been from Dundee. Oh yeah, it’ll cost you 79p maximum (or you’re paying too much). That’s a genius tune for less than the cost of a vote for the X-Factor, and it’ll be better for your soul than the angsty shouty nonsense.

Also, whether you buy it or not is up to you. I’m not trying to sell the idea particularly, but it would be nice if it happened. I would appreciate it if you did buy it, but no pressure.
What I would ask (and I do so with a heavy heart) is that you please link to this article, just to get this silly idea of mine off the ground. And hey, if you want to do your own post, blog, facebook group or whatever, be my guest!

I’ve said my piece, now I’m off to the pub.


One Response to “EXCOS MAKES DA HITS: A Christmas Special, we’re backing the ‘boys!”

  1. tomasz December 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    "Also, whether you buy it or not is up to you."though this is technically also true of "Killing in the Name". you're right to say the XF/RATM dichotomy is a false one, but for that exact reason it's not ironic that there's a campaign to get RATM to #1: because no-one actually has to buy either one.


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