Posts Tagged ‘X-Factor’

Surprise, Rage Against the Machine won’t do what you tell them

December 21, 2009

So, Rage Against the Machine have the number one song in Britain over Christmas with the 17 year old track “Killing in the Name”. They beat out X-Factor winner, Joe, whom I had pegged as destined for the West End when I last heard him. He also seemed cute and humble. Now, he comes off as naive and arrogant, which makes him obnoxious. To wit, the article says Joe thinks he deserves to be number one for the holidays. He doesn’t seem to understand the point of the campaign to get a 17 year old song to the top.

And about the winner: well, BBC Radio 5 invited them on to discuss the campaign and to play the song. Radio 5, however, objected to the expletive-laden final verse, which is basically “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” over and over ad nauseum. I can understand why Radio 5 would ask them to self censor, but did they think about the lyric? If these guys are at all serious about what they’re singing, then you can’t possibly expect them to do what you say, since the objectionable lyric is a declaration saying exactly that.

And, to be fair to Rage, what would they change it to? “Flip you, I won’t do what you tell me (except when it comes to obeying Ofcom)” doesn’t really work. Watch the clip to witness the producer’s response. Basically, she’s upset Rage didn’t do what she told them and so she endorses Joe’s track. Well, flip you, producer, I won’t do what you tell me. I’m buying “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” (which is awesome and also not 17 years old [plus I can play it with my family in the same room without feeling like a surly teenager (unless I were a teenager named Joe from Newcastle who had a sugary track for sale)]).

Here’s Rage disobeying the man after the jump (the producer’s endorsement of Joe is at the 9 minute mark): (more…)

Eurotrash Boys, ctd. With Video!

November 15, 2009

Judge for yourself:


Eurotrash Boys

November 14, 2009

Do you know about John and Edward? Or as some call them Jedward?

They’re everywhere here and everyone hates them. But they also love them, because they are so horrible. Here’s a picture after the jump: