Sunday, 14 December 2008
The X-Facts Of Life
There are many Facebook groups that annoy me. People getting on their high horses (I don't like horses either) and campaigning for various shit that not THAT many people actually care about. Lazy Jersey journalists have recently taken to noting the number of Facebook groups associated to a various topic in their articles as if that actually means something.
One that has really rattled my bird cage is a group campaigning for people to download Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah' as a protest against the X-Factor winner covering the song for their first single. Don't get me wrong, I love Buckley's song, it's one of my favourite songs of all time. It's just a really badly thought out protest. I'm not sure if these people realise but Buckley's version was also a cover. They should be downloading Leonard Cohen. Furthermore, the reasons they give for their protest are all about X-Factor commercializing music choosing to make money rather than support real artists. Well, *newsflash* guys but someone involved with the artistically superior original would have had to give permission to release the song. If we want to support originality and artistic integrity then there's only one thing we can do...
Download R.Kelly's 'Trapped In The Closet Part 1' for the Christmas number one. Say what you want about Kells but he doesn't give two fucks about what the rest of the world thinks. He might be a complete psycho but he does things on his own terms. Maybe he could even do a special Christmas version?
Anyway, why do people even care about the Christmas number one? It's not like singles sales are even relevant these days. Sales at all shouldn't really matter. Barenaked Ladies are the best band on the planet and they haven't been in the UK charts for years.