Thursday, December 24, 2009

Finally . . . a decent X'mas No1!

The Hills are alive . . . with the sound of RAGE!!! Rage Against The Machine, that is. At last! Power is back in the hands of the people. Fer too long, we have allowed silly teenage girls & worse, taste-free accountants, kill good sounds on the airwaves.

Check out the article below & breathe a sigh of relief . . . & have a MERRY X'MAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

ps: Campaign to kill manufactured pop is indeed a noble one. Glorified karaoke singers cherry picking great tunes & sucking the life & soul out of them MUST be FOOKING STOPPED!

pps: Regarding 'taste-free accountants', me makes nay fooking apologies fer that statement. Me knows two - one who refuses to check out great new sounds handed to him on a silver platter. The other buys pirated CDs containing 'cover artistes' & think Susan Boyle is the greatest thing sinced sliced bread.

Rage Against the Machine grabs Xmas pop crown
LONDON, Dec 21 — US rap-metal band Rage Against The Machine took the coveted Christmas number one in British pop charts yesterday after an Internet campaign to keep the winner of the “X Factor” TV talent show from the top spot.

The band’s 1992 single “Killing in the Name” sold more than 500,000 download copies in the past week, enough to beat Joe McElderry’s “The Climb,” which managed sales of 450,000 by downloads and in the shops, the Official Charts Company (OCC) said.

The surprise outcome brought an end to a four-year run of “X Factor” winners claiming top position in the seasonal charts, and showed the power of the Internet in the process.

It was the first time a download-only single had achieved a Christmas number one, and in the process notched up the biggest one-week download sales in British chart history.

“As we have seen in recent years, overhauling any ‘X Factor’ winner in the race for the Christmas number one is no mean achievement,” OCC managing director Martin Talbot said.

“The popular support we have seen for the record this week has been truly amazing — and handed them two all-time records.”

Previous “X Factor” winners have easily secured the Christmas top spot, and music experts had said there was little chance anyone could produce a serious rival.

Bookmakers had believed that the popularity of the show, with some 20 million viewers tuning in to see McElderry win last week, would mean his debut single, a cover of a song by American Miley Cyrus, would come out on top.

But a popular campaign on the Facebook website encouraged people who were fed up of “X Factor” taking the Christmas number one, to buy RATM’s expletive-filled single as a protest. It amassed almost 950,000 supporters.

“This is a huge victory by and for fans of real music and we extend our heartfelt thanks to every fan and freedom fighter who helped make our anthem of defiance and rebellion the anarchy Christmas miracle of 2009,” the band said in a statement.

Rupert Adam, spokesman for bookmaker William Hill, said the industry would be paying out a large six figure sum.

“Rage Against The Machine’s win was unthinkable just a few weeks ago. But the LA band have landed a sensational Christmas gamble for their fans. We simply didn’t see it coming,” said Nick Weinberg from Ladbrokes.

However, the greatest beneficiary of the closely fought battle is record company Sony BMG as both acts are on its labels.

Simon Cowell, 50, the executive producer of “X Factor” and also the creator of popular US show “American Idol,” had hit out at the online campaign, saying that it was aimed at him and it was “stupid.”

But there was some consolation for him, as Scottish singer Susan Boyle, who herself became an Internet sensation when she appeared on Cowell’s “Britain’s Got Talent” TV show, took top spot in the album charts with “I Dreamed A Dream.” — Reuters

13 comments:

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

I read somewhere the campaign got the backings from the likes of Dave grohl, Muse, Mr Paul mccartney and get this, Johnny fooking Rotten, among others.

So in yer face, Simon!

I believe people are starting to get tired of all these reality crap. I'm crossing my fingers ratings on such talent show will drastically dwindle and eventually taken off the tele for good.

Anba said...

hoorah for Rage boo for simon..and Merry Xmas to everyone...

premo said...

Its a 'bomb blast' bros haha! Turn that shit off!!

Tinesh said...

Ahh yes. This is good news to us. Although they shuda picked Sleep Now in the Fire or Bulls on Parade.

anfield devotee said...

kerp: Amen to that. WIth Cowell already signalling his intentions to quit American Idol next season, the end if nigh . . .

Anba: Another band me caught live during their debut album tour (*snigger*) . . . (*sorry*) . . .

premo: Perhaps it is true, ye cannae keep good shit away . . . But if only people are PASSIONATE about it. Me strongly feels it is yer duty to SPREAD the WORD even if it means pissing some people off. Better that than having to live with shite music . . .

tinesh: Me thinks the point is the chorus matey . . .

kiaq said...
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kiaq said...

hidup tom morello!!! it was a great gig la bro ... the intensity ... gila ka apa ... and ahem, ahem, i was doing my accounting la back then bro & kita headbanging sama2 kan ...

Achilles said...

AD: There is a Metal God out there.

Btw, off topic a bit, just watched Inglorious Basterds over the weekend. Fooking awesome. I sincerely feel this is one of his best work so far. Seriously blew me away.

anfield devotee said...

kiaq: Yup. Wot a gig. Seriously. (*tears welling*) . . .

Achilles: Unfortunately, the teeny bopper devils have upped the ante & pushed it off the no1 spot . . . but hey, at least it was there.

RE: The Basterds - Premo said the same thing. Downloaded the script as well. Loads of stuff in there that didn't make the film. U mau?

Achilles said...

AD: Yes, please do email me the script.

BTW, check out my blog. You will love the picture there. hehehehehe

Achilles said...

AD: send to my hotmail account

rajanrj@hotmail.com.

Opis email is very strict like CIA, so kena block already.

anfield devotee said...

Okie dokie, macha.

mozHASturnedINTOaMartian said...

hey chief,

wasssaaapp beraassaaaappp.

re: rage against the machine

rejuvenated punkrock or anything remotely guitar-orientated with a much needed twinged nerve/spasm..the kind 30-somethings ex-footieballers or non-ex-footieballers get when they squat to take a shit cangkung style..whether on trad jamban cangkungs..on they decide to cangkung...on euro-styled "seating" toilets...

*flushhhh*

leave a commmentt???

again..

FARRRKKK YU...
I WONTTTTT DO WHATT YA TELLL
MEEE...
just hope the spurs mob/crew don't on a fine sunny winters day..
decide to say just that
to ol 'arry and give 'im the big
F U.

well. rage. is
rage. pure. unalderated.
later lps - not so sure.

re: inglorious bastErds
(ooo ooo mind the farkin E)

i beg to differ.
suprised? uhmm. yeah. call me a suckass plum. although some plums are sweet. when they ripe.

but, it was to me...oh who am i to comment anyway..maybe i shouldn't...do i know how difficult it is to take a bleedin movie? did coppola give shtick on other people's output? oh hey, i forgot, i'm no coppola either.

back to the point. genuinely, no, just found it a tad bit case of a person purposefully trying to 'out-do" hissefl. a case of toppin himself.

one stout, two stout, three stout?
no i'll go ten tonight.

comparison: dino jr. j.mascis. god on earth. livin' legend. was he any more unique sounding on output sans the ori line up. after the bass man left, and the drummer...the later outputs..well yes. the sound was unique. no one can ever farkin sound like dino jr....but with lord J PLAYIN everything else on later outputs (before the reunion)...it just sounded too damn
plain.
not just dino jr.

*sigh*

its like....as if
if..the misfits were still around
ori line up circa ..
ligasi of bruutalit
bolehkan bang?

thank god
the smiths
are not around trying to
absorb
grunge
and nu-metal


hope yu catch my slurry drift

appreciatvely,
moz.

p.s. i can't top maself any further. as it is
i suck.

p.s.2. ever-ready for the heartbreak...too much too hope? *sigh*