Everyone in Britain knows about The X Factor. Which, to me, is a sad thought.
It seems like the stream of X Factor winners earning the title of Christmas Number One would be endless.
Then, last year’s winner Joe McElderry lost out to Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name (note – the link takes you to the actual song, so there’s some bad words).
It seems like the same this year, with many people supporting different campaigns to stop another X Factor winner gaining Christmas Number One and the continuous numbing of music these days.
Though, there seems to be a “supergroup” that wants to stop this years X Factor winner, whoever they may be, from the top spot.
So, what song have the supergroup, consisting of the likes of Pete Doherty, Imogen Heap, Orbital and Billy Brag, decided to recreate?
Well, it’s obvious. It’s John Cage’s [pictured] 4’33”.
Ever heard of it? Well, if you just turn everything off for a minute then you’ll have a sneak preview of what the song is. Yes, it’s just four and a half minutes of silence.
There’s also a Facebook group – dubbed Cage Against The Machine – that has over sixty thousand fans.
The winner of the Brit Award for Best Producer this year, Paul Epworth, will be at the controls to record the performance.
“We’re going to plug everybody in,” said Xfm DJ Eddy Temple-Morris, who has helped organise the session.
“We’re going to have a drum kit with a few drummers, some bass players, some guitarists.
“I don’t know what the noise will be. I imagine there will be the tweak of a leather jacket, a cough, a snigger, a muffled laugh.
“You’ll hear whatever happens in that room at that time. That’s the performance.”
The reason that 4’33” was chosen was that it was the “most avant garde piece of music ever made”, according to Temple-Morris. He added that he objected to The X Factor because of the way it humiliates contestants who don’t make the grade.
It’s really cruel, I think, taking people and giving them false hope,” he said.
He continued, saying that the show was guilty of “putting them on that stage and basically laughing at them like the village idiot in medieval times.”
Like last year’s campaign that raised quite a lot for Shelter, this campaign is also raising money for charity. Well, five charities, in fact. The five charities include Calm, a service for young men at risk of suicide, and the British Tinnitus Association.
So far, the song is at 5/1 to be Christmas Number One, while the eventual X Factor winner is at 4/7 favourite. If you understand that, well done you. I don’t. Happy days.