Killing Music in the Name of Profit?

I’m told that the final of television ‘talent’ show The X Factor will be hitting our screens tomorrow evening. According to my diary I’m already scheduled to watch paint dry in that timeslot- it’ll be more riveting.

However, in response to the yearly banalfest which leads to an X Factor single reaching the Number 1 spot on the Christmas charts, courtesy of some gormless warbler enlisted to line the pockets of Simon Cowell, a group has sprung up on Facebook calling on fans of decent music to pop out or go online to purchase the single ‘Killing In The Name’ by American band Rage Against The Machine.The Facebook group, which currently has a membership of nearly 600,000, states: “Fed up of The X-Factor’s latest karaoke act being Christmas No.1? Me too… So who’s up for a mass-purchase of the track ‘KILLING IN THE NAME’ from December 13th (DON’T BUY IT YET!) as a protest to the X-Factor monotony?”

It appears that the bizarrely-coiffed Cowell is none too pleased at this challenge to his dominance of the pop charts. The Guardian reports him as saying: “If there’s a campaign, and I think the campaign’s aimed directly at me, it’s stupid. Me having a No 1 record at Christmas is not going to change my life particularly. I think it’s quite a cynical campaign geared at me that is actually going to spoil the party for these three.”

I didn’t realise the music-buying public owed Cowell or his underlings free-rein to dominate the charts or enjoy a ‘party’ at the expense of seven-year-olds forking out their pocket money after being hypnotised by an ITV show with its flashing lights, sparkly outfits and fake hair.

For your entertainment, here is the original Rage video (NSFW), plus the predictable ‘Downfall’ parody of the X Factor v Killing battle (NSFW). And remember, wait until Sunday before you buy ‘Killing In The Name’ if you want to help it get to Number 1 for Christmas.

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