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    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2009
     (7446.1)
    I realise that Whitechapel may take a dim view of beggars, but this is worth me risking an eel or two for...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8423340.stm

    There' a link for donations to Shelter should you feel the need to make a little gesture in celebration of the stomping of Simon's little poppet by the nasty, sweary, shouty people:

    http://www.justgiving.com/ratm4xmas/?pid=2174849&dtpn=1&ShortUrl=ratm4xmas#DonationTable

    Sorry i'm not clever enough to make the links work, copy and paste agogo i'm afraid.
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    And the radical left wonders why it remains politically irrelevant…
    • CommentAuthormouton
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2009
     (7446.3)
    While I do dislike the radical leftist rhetoric , I sure like the music they make. Also, I do despise those Idol shows as well as the Christmas frenzy, so I can be only glad about this development.
  2.  (7446.4)
    And the radical left wonders why it remains politically irrelevant…


    Sorry, not seeing much of a point to this comment given the context of the original post.

    But I will give you this: Seeing how badly the radical right has poisoned everything they've touched, I doubt giving the radical left the same chance would be a good idea.

    Anyway, charity. Sounds good.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2009 edited
     (7446.5)
    The numbers are in and RAtM has won. I hate that Idol crap, so this puts a smile on my face, a jump in my step and warmth in my heart.
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    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2009
     (7446.7)
    Actually, i quite like Lion bars.
  4.  (7446.8)
    A depressing one third of the U.K. watched the sickening prolefeed bullshit that was the X factor final. Considering it is (at it's essence) Rich smug bastards mocking and judging the poor, the weak, the ill and the desperate before they choose who will be king for a day, I fully expect next years winner to be sacrificed in a wicker man to make the economy grow.

    As for the radical left, there's really no such thing left these days. Theres just another duped bunch of wannabe's falling for store bought ideology and tiresome sloganeering to make themselves feel superior.

    Merry fucking Christmas.
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2009
     (7446.9)

    hahaha
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2009
     (7446.10)
    "we asked them not to do it and they did it anyway...."


    well isn't that the point?
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      CommentAuthorSt.Wanger
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2009
     (7446.11)
    yeah, gotta love that ironic bit in the end ...
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2009
     (7446.12)
    @Audley
    And to you too, you curmudgeonly Grinch.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2009
     (7446.13)
    The song choice is a funny one and fitting lyrically which I get is the point but I can't get over the fact that the "alternative" song is 18 years old.

    If part of the resentment towards the Syco BMG machine is it's stranglehold on the charts who exactly is Simon Cowell keeping out of the charts? There's no new Nirvana or new Beatles or Sex Pistols or whoever.... if there was the top ten wouldn't need a Facebook group to deliberately sway it.

    The whole thing would have been interesting if it had been a groundswell of teenagers who love a band or artist saying "Fuck the X-Factor - we love BLANK"

    As it stands it's great and funny that a bunch of people made a very public point and gave money to Shelter but I am a little sad that culturally there isn't anyone to really top X-Factor's crown.

    Just saying.
  5.  (7446.14)
    @ Sacredchao.

    *Blushes* You flatterer!

    Question to all. Are the charts even relevant these days?
    • CommentAuthorDee_Noir
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2009
     (7446.15)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Two fingers up to the X Factor. Gotta love the Great British Public for victories like this.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2009
     (7446.16)
    @ TF

    Oh you most certainly have a point there. I could never imagine people going "Hey lets stroke a chord against the system! Let´s get The XX to number one!"

    Personally i did love the complete haughtiness of the comments of messers Cowell & Cole at the sheer audacity of people actually wanting something else that what they were offering. I mean, who the fuck do we think we are to go against their Homogeneity??
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2009
     (7446.17)
    The whole thing felt a lot like raging against being trapped in a sad, council estate existence by spraying a big nob on a new bus shelter, but when all is said and done, it was fun and i enjoyed it. Fuck you Simon!
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2009
     (7446.18)
    @Audley;

    Every now and then, I pull my head out of the internet and tune the radio away from my usual CBCOne, toward the local Top 40 station, just to get the lay of the land. You know how long that lasts? Usually about five minutes. So, no, the charts aren't relevant.

    That said,there are some musical institutions that can be quite relevant. Take the Polaris Music Prize, for instance. Every year, they do a long list, short list, then pick one album that they considered the best made in Canada, regardless of genre. This year, they shortlisted an immigrant rapper who talks about growing up in Somalia during its long and bloody civil war(K'naan), a pop/rock outfit called Metric (who totally rock), Patrick Watson's new disc (plays kinda like the Canadian fusion of ambient and dubstep, very polite and very deep), but gave the prize to Toronto's own hardcore punk outfit, Fucked Up. Whose singer, a rather large and quite hairy man, habitually performs with no shirt on. He's gone on record as saying it helped them at the start, because they had a big following in the "bear" community. (no pun intended)

    So, yeah, that's just me yelling about music.
  6.  (7446.19)
    @Redwynd.

    I haven't listened to radio for years, possibly because I like music and not the inane chatter of fuckwits and their hired help trying desperately to amuse themselves. Still I recall being young and being curious as to who was at the top of the charts, now I don't know if anyone of any age group (save perhaps 12-14 year old girls) really cares since singles seem to be increasingly irrelevant as a format.

    Bear rock eh? Nice!