Fuck you, you did what they told you

December 21, 2009

Disclaimer: it is entirely possible that this post will be a swear-filled rant.

Well, isn’t that just dandy. Rage Against The Machine are number 1, beating the latest sonic abortion to spring from Cowell’s loins into second place. All across the internet, bourgeois fuckwits are slapping themselves on the back, congratulating their cleverness in outwitting the dundering zombie hordes of X-Factor fans. Even Charlie Brooker has joined in the self-congratulatory mutual masturbation session. I used to respect him, but clearly he’s decided to join his fellow middle-class cultural fascists in drowning in an ocean of their own jizz.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO IS AT NUMBER ONE. It doesn’t stop you from buying the music you want to buy. It doesn’t stop artists from playing the music they want to play. All it does is represent who happens to have sold the most music in that given week. In essence, all the bourgeois end of the internet has done is say in one voice, “Hey, we don’t approve of chav tastes in music, so we’re going to use our superior economic & organisational power to really dick on them.”

Somehow, this is being painted as a victory for decency over the lowest common denominator; the subtext being the subversion of the preferences of the poor. This is dressed up as a victory over the power of the X-Factor and Simon Cowell; because as is increasingly clear on message boards across the internet, the people who bought Killing In the Name Of don’t believe it’s possible that people could’ve actually liked the music shovelled out of the X-Factor birthing canal and made the decision to buy it for themselves. It must be because they’ve been hypnotised by the almighty Cowell!

Fuck you. If you want to piss over the choices of the poor and uneducated, don’t do under the pretence of rescuing them from themselves, and from the people who want to exploit them. At least admit you hate chavs, the working classes and everything associated with them. Admit that this was never about music, but about the middle classes hating the fact that poor people outnumber them.

Admit that, in your heart of hearts, you don’t think poor and uneducated people should have the vote. After all, look what they’ve done with it on the X-Factor.
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21 Responses to “Fuck you, you did what they told you”

  1. Great stuff, Adam – tho as a self-confessed middle-class, bourgeois member of the intelligentsia, can I just say I think Joe is great, and I really like The Climb.

  2. Run by me again why the X Factor is the choice of the “poor and uneducated”… when did that become a fact?

    People from all sorts of backgrounds like all sorts of music. You are inventing a class war that doesn’t exist.

    If the point of this article is to shame prejudiced tossers, I suggest you buy yourself a mirror.

  3. What has ‘chav tastes in music’ got to do with it, you prat? It could have been a culturally significant re-working of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony by Michael Nyman and it would still need to be stopped from being No.1 if Simon fucking Cowell had been responsible for it.

    ‘Subversion of the preferences of the poor’?! Have you just finished some half-assed degree course on ‘inequalities in society’ or ‘the class struggle’?
    Get a life…

  4. declineofthelogos said

    To the previous two commenters, have you by any chance recently purchased ‘Killing In The Name Of’? Just asking.

  5. Calm down dear.

    It’s just a bit of fun to put some egg on the face Simon Cowell, knowing that he gains from sales of both tracks anyway, because he works for Sony BMG who publish both.

    There is no harm in upping the exposure of RATM’s music IMHO.

    I did download RATM’s “Killing in the Name of” but I also voted several times on X-Factor. So that makes me a chav and a tosser doesn’t it?

  6. I bought neither.

    My campaign to get FourTet & Burial – Wolf Cub to number 1 sadly never got off the ground.

  7. Really? That’s what the Internet’s full of?

    Because apart from Charlie Brooker, all I’ve heard is professionally-contrarian sneering media tosspots (among which I’d happily class myself) sticking up for poor old Joe. And ‘fun’.

    For someone who claims to be a free marketeer you don’t really like it when people buy things that they like in preference to other things that they don’t like, do you?

    Your portrayal of a campaign started by two people in South Woodham Ferrers who liked it when there used to be competition for Christmas Number Ones, and raised £75,000 for Shelter in the process as a sneering middle-class movement to snuff is quite baffling. The idea that the Quanticks, the Collingses, the Corens, and the, well, you, should be calling other people smug and middle-class shows a delicious lack of any sense of self-parody.

    Just because you are unable to do anything without it being a political attack doesn’t mean other people can’t do things from enjoyment, for fun, for whatever reason they choose.

    I’ll close with one of your own argument that you obviously don’t believe. “IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO IS AT NUMBER ONE.”

    (By the way, rants are only entertaining when the swearing in them contains, you know, vibrant imagery, or at least an interesting use of language.)

  8. declineofthelogos said

    Having finished lunch, I can now respond with slightly less rage than the original post.

    @Duncan: For the data, look on the BARB’s website. While obviously the X-Factor has viewers in every social category, there is a significant difference in terms of viewing figures between the ABC1s etc. and those lower down the scale.

    @British Citizen: I fear you have made the mistake I alluded to in the article; in terms of apportioning blame incorrectly. In a capitalist economy, popular culture is not the fault of its producers, but rather its consumers. Cowell doesn’t force anyone to buy his records, they choose to do so. Therefore, any campaign directed at the X-Factor conducted in this fashion is in fact targetted at those who purchase the single, rather than those who produce it.

    @Paul: I must respectfully disagree. The wilful subversion of other peoples’ choices – choices that will not affect you – is not ‘a bit of fun'; but rather petty bullying, in this case on a massive scale. I must also side with Duncan in the matter of increasing the exposure of RATM – it is rather ironic that the competitor to a cover version of an old song is a song that is itself ten years old. There’s so much good new music out there that defeating the X-Factor single with an old tune rather than raising a new band to prominence seems rather perverse.

  9. declineofthelogos said

    @Nathaniel: I doff my hat to you sir, for having the kindness to offer advice on my swearing. This is my first swearpost, and I have found the experience rather bracing. Your constructive criticism is much appreciated. In kind, I should inform you that having a profile picture that intentionally only shows half your face does rather make you look like a stereotypical artsy wanker.

    In response to the meat of your post (which I found to be strangely familiar in tone; have we met?), I refer you to the argument I gave in response to Paul: no amount of charity or fun will stop this campaign from being merely petty bullying.

  10. Thank you! I shall continue to revel in my artsy wanker sobriquet, and wear it, as ever, as a badge of pride. (Not sure we’ve met, Stephen Tall directed me this way, I know him, so maybe…?)

    As I indicate above, I think you are misunderstanding almost everything that can be misunderstood in this situation.

    The fact that you accuse Jon and Tracy Morter of organise a bullying campaign shows either that you are an incredibly spiteful person who can imagine no other motives in others, or that you do not understand what bullying or markets are.

    The Christmas Number One is a reflection of which single was bought by more people (or, more accurately, more times). The conclusion we can come to is that RATM was liked by more people who were willing to pay for it, or liked enough more that people were willing to express that liking by purchasing it many times. Either fewer people liked Joe, or liked him enough to buy the single more than once.

    No one bullied anyone. People bought what they liked. The thing that was bought more became Number One.

    Your patronising assumptions about those people who might like the X Factor, and the hypocrisy of your stand ‘on behalf of the poor and uneducated’ whilst distancing yourself from Simon Cowell’s ‘birth-canal’ (By the way, how do you shovel something out of a birth canal?)

    The really distasteful assumptions are that you’d have to be poor and uneducated to like Joe, and that those poor and uneducated people need a champion like you. Maybe people didn’t like Joe very much. Had his single sold as many as Alexandra Burke’s the year before or Leona Lewis’ the year before that he would have won. It wasn’t as popular, so it didn’t become Number One.

  11. prolierthanthou said

    Lawks a mercy, us poor folk is so lucky to ‘ave an ‘onest gent like you to step down from yer ivory tower and ‘elp us out, guvnor.

    After all, it ain’t like we can look after ourselves or nothing, and poor Joe was so popular that less than 5% of us ‘oo watched the X-Factor actually bothered to buy his single. It’s not like if 1 in 10 of us had cared less about The Climb and bought it, it would have wiped these yankee oiks off the top spot or nothin’.

    Gawd bless you and your middle class guilt, sir, gawd bless you!

  12. Francis said

    This is really just Geordie solidarity isn’t it! If Olly Murs had won, and Rage Against the Machine had been from Gateshead or somewhere, we’d be looking at a very different post here.

  13. declineofthelogos said

    Come now, Nathaniel. There’s no need to be disingenuous. I don’t believe for a second you don’t realise there’s a distinction between buying a product because you actually want that product and buying a product because you want to cancel out a purchase someone else made of a different product. The first is capitalism, the second is spite.

    I also don’t believe for a second that anyone who bought ‘Killing In The Name Of’ did so with overtly malicious intentions. I’m sure the campaign was set up entirely as something that would be a giggle around Christmas time. However, regardless of intention, it remains bullying. I appreciate I’m not going to be popular for pointing this out. Indeed, this infrequently updated blog hasn’t attracted so much e-Rage since I last wrote about Israel & Palestine, which is a comparison I find hilarious.

    To deal with the second part of your argument, it doesn’t really matter than X-Factor viewers are predominantly from less well-off socio-economic backgrounds – it’d be bullying whatever two randomly selected groups within society were relevant to the matter at hand. I will admit I used this fact more as a rhetorical device to illuminate the moral problem at hand than as a call for class war.

  14. Dunc said

    I bought Rage because I thought it was vaguely amusing to wind up the missus and I like the song.

    I didn’t really I was supposed to deeply consider the socio-economic ramifications before doing so. Silly me.

    Am I a bad person now?

  15. Adam Bell said

    Class warfare is alive and well, in some narrow minds anyway. Then again perception is usually considered reality (the narrower the perception, the broader the concensus). Sorry, I just find it abhorrent to equate a popular tv show’s audience strictly with “lower class”. A storm in a teacup folks.

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