Simon Cowell Needs A Tinfoil Hat
Simon Cowell is getting his knickers in a right old twist about the Facebook campaign which is trying to get Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name Of' to the Christmas #1 spot ahead of, er, without checking I actually have no idea who won the X-Factor, hang on.....
Poor old Simon has been bleating on to anyone that will listen...."I think the campaign is aimed directly at me, it's stupid. Me having a number 1 record at Christmas time is not going to change my life particularly."
We know Simon, the X-Factor has already pumped up your already swollen bank account, and the few quid you cream off this year's potential chart topper won't actually make much difference, but to a large section of the population, the chance to say no to Simon Cowell, The X-Factor and all the bullshit that it represents is just too good a chance to pass up.
"I also think it's incredibly dismissive of the people who watch and enjoy the show where they treat our audience as if they're stupid and I don't like that," he moaned earlier.
I don't think that the viewers of X-Factor are stupid, but I would say that perhaps they have become lazy and detached from real music, they have become placidly happy with comfortable, rehashed, warmed over cover songs and have forgotten the real excitement of new music and more challenging lyrics. X-Factor is not creating talent, it is stifling it, it encourages smiling bland conformity, and yes it's easy to point a finger and say "but you're all buying the same download", next week and next year though the alt fans will all be out buying a myriad different acts which are not dictated to us by a single domineering television show.
So perhaps RATM won't get to #1, perhaps all this publicity will force the easily pleased out to buy Joe McElderry's single and he'll get there, but just this once, in the face of the day to day overwhelming blandness that our popular music industry has become, just this week a large crowd of us would like to turn to Simon Cowell and his cronies, and we would like to shout, nice and loud....
Fuck You, I Won't Do What You Tell Me.