Raging against the X Factor machine

December 16, 2009

Simon Cowell says the Internet campaign to keep X factor winner Joe McElderry from the coveted Christmas No. I  spot is aimed at him rather than the type of music the show produces.

He calls the campaign stupid.

But critics of the show loathe what they call the “karaoke” of X Factor and thousands have backed the push to get an anti-establishment track by American rockers Rage Against the Machine up into the top slot next week.

The band’s guitarist Tom Morello told the BBC: ”I think people are just fed-up of being spoonfed some overblown sugary ballad that sits on top of the charts. It’s a little dose of anarchy for the holidays, it’s good for the soul.”

It’s good for Sony too, analysts have noted, since both records are on its label.

Critics of the Internet campaign note that record numbers of viewers watched last weekend’s X Factor final and millions voted for McElderry. If so many people like him, why should he not be No. I they ask.

What do you think?

7 comments

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couldn’t agree with RAM more. The demise of the music industry is not linked to copying CDs and download, it’s the play list culture that exists on most radio stations, and coupled with the big players accountants realising they can make more profit if they don’t let a band’s second albumn become profitable. (accountants never look beyond the next balance sheet). People don’t really get choice any more since Parliamant interfeered with the progaming on the nation’s radio stations, so we end up with endless reams of Pap, instead of what people wanted.

Posted by timddeb | Report as abusive

bros,were two very talented singers,brothers Luke and Matt.But they were failed by the vocoder style production,of kylie and cher load of DROS.Milly vanilly? were crusified for miming,but if vocoder existed then,they would still be known,received,popularised.Vibrato style is operatic,and celine dion is about the limit of its justified use in pop music.Rage against the machine’s talents and politacal filter,make THIS t.v show look like a kids party for the uneducated.rage on,please,
Dave Evans.

Posted by DaveEvans | Report as abusive

bros,were two very talented singers,brothers Luke and Matt.But they were failed by the vocoder style production,of kylie and cher.Milly vanilly? were crusified for miming,but if vocoder existed then,they would still be known,received,popularised.Vibrato style is operatic,and celine dion is about the limit of its justified use in pop music.Rage against the machine’s talents and politacal filter,make THIS t.v show look like a kids party for the uneducated.rage on,please,
Dave Evans.

Posted by DaveEvans | Report as abusive

I’m not a pop music fan and i do hate the x factor but I still can’t quite understand the RATM campaign.

The X factor gets a lot of criticism for being nothing but a PR machine and pushing talentless people to the top just through exposure to prime time TV. The fact that the x factor winner single hits the number one spot goes to show that all it takes to be no.1 is good PR and not a good song!

However, Surely all these people jumping on the bandwagon and following the RATM campaign are just sheep themselves. I don’t think there is much difference between buying the X factor single and buying the RATM single. For both records, it’s still just people buying it because someone else had told them to!

Anyway, I can’t remember the last time i listened to the charts and i’m not sure if anyone still does!

Posted by IainF | Report as abusive

I don’t care about all the politics of record producing and record producers, Joe has a lovely voice and it should be heard. He should have a long and successful career ahead of him, possibly in musical theatre.

Posted by Alana | Report as abusive

A little dose of anarchy, go on Tom!! People need to be reminded that music can still be vital and passionate, not just sugar coated sentimentality!

Posted by surrealist | Report as abusive

How pointless. 20 Million people watched the X factor final. Why campaign to keep them out. An insult to Geordies. Also the RAM record is crap!

Posted by RR2 | Report as abusive