On the previous post I mentioned that I’m not going to listen to things like Rage Against the Machine while pregnant (ok, I’m not going to force the baby to listen to it – no harm in listening to whatever band I like on my iPod I suppose), but who would have thought that Killing in the name of would be the Christmas number one song in the UK?
If you are wondering what the heck is the Christmas number ones, click on the link to read more about another British weird thing. I was a bit curious to know more why RATM would win such thing (I don’t think they are flattered about the reasons) so I also read an article on BBC website. The same guy who started this campaign in 2009 tried a similar thing last year (or a few years ago) but with Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Of course the guy was taking the piss when he chose this song, but thank God nobody went for it and the idea flopped.
I think there is a fine line between protesting and being ridiculous. You can protest against something you don’t believe, but don’t try to replace it with something as bad as or even worse. Some people won’t get the irony (if there is any) and won’t buy your idea. I guess that’s why Killing in the name of won. It’s a good song, it has a whole meaning behind it, and it was more than a protest against X Factor – it also reflects the mood of many people with the situation in the world in general. It’s just the way people have to express it.
On a more useful note, if you think that the Xmas songs protest is not relevant at all at least we know that similar actions – or even more aggresive ones – are taking place everywhere in the world!