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Singing in the name of

Rage Against the Machine is still in the lead in the race for the Xmas #1 against Plop Factor's offering according to the Beeb. You can get yours at Amazon.co.uk for 29p although you shouldn't buy more than one because this is likely to be discounted from the total.

I suppose it's 28p that goes to Amazon instead of Simon Cowell, but I consider it well spent.


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Dec. 15th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Of course, should one happen to acquire one copy from Amazon and one from, say, HMV, I wouldn't expect that they'd discount that (how would they be able to?)
Dec. 15th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Quoth Simon Cowell: Prior to the final of the ITV talent show, he said: "I think the campaign's aimed directly at me."
He's catching on quick! While not exactly at him, at least at his stupid show.

Also, this page suggests you should donate to a good cause (as the X-Factor one does as well).
Dec. 15th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Of course, Sony BMG will be laughing either way.
Dec. 15th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Mm, I can't see the point of this campaign: not clear to me that promoting one piece of commercial product over another is really making much of a statement about anything.
Dec. 15th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Except their respective values, artistically, commercially, musically, even morally. People will join in for many different reasons.

Or perhaps what it boils down to is that you'd rather they'd chosen a different song for their protest?
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'd rather people protested by stopping buying music generated by major record labels. If it has to be by buying a song, it should be from an independent band or company.

RatM have earned millions for themselves and for their corporate paymasters in a similar sort of way to the X Factor products. Preferring one to the other is preferring one flavour of soma to another. It may come across as more edgy and alternative, and may make purchasers feel they're being wildly exciting and rebellious, but it's no more than a corporate-sanctioned rebellion that allows the label to spread their brand a little further.

It wouldn't surprise me if Sony turned out to be lurking behind this campaign. It's a bit of a coincidence that the chosen song just happens to be by a band who's also owned by them.

Edited at 2009-12-15 04:24 pm (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
To clarify, because I lost my thread a bit there:

It seems to me this campaign ought to be a protest against corporatizatio of music: in which case, RatM would be an unsuitable vehicle, because their music is just as corporatized as the X Factor's.

If on the other hand the campaign is just to express a preference for one form of corporatized music over another, then that seems to me a pretty worthless exercise.

Edited at 2009-12-15 04:44 pm (UTC)
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
I think perhaps you're taking this much more seriously than me.

On the other hand, I don't mind that corporations deliver music as long as, as for example in the case of RATM, the musicians are not bland pap.
Dec. 16th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
taking this much more seriously than me

Only in an airily opinionated sort of way, after all it's not me who went out and spent 28p on it ;-)
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah! Putting my money where my mouth is. I probably earned that much in the time it took to type this post.
Dec. 15th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I see the point in the campaign given that buying "Killing In The Name" isn't actually subtracting anything from Cowell's profits. Surely no-one has bought RatM *instead of* Joe Whatsisface?
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Probably not this time round but one might hope that some have their eyes opened to a wider musical experience.

A campaign that just said "Don't buy Cowell's stuff" would probably just lead to more people buying his stuff, although I'm not sure he could have any more publicity.
Dec. 19th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
That's really not the point behind it all though. The campaign is just to see if the X-Factor's domination of the Xmas #1 spot can be ended so that the traditional fight for that position can once again occur. It's not about hurting Cowell's wallet or anything else the media have been peddling to sell a story.

And in that regard whether RATM get #1 or not (and I hope that they do) the campaign has been a success. This has been the first fight for the Xmas #1 for years and it's made many people actually interested in the chart again. Myself included.
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