Nirvana Vs X-Factor for Christmas No.1 Spot
The annual backlash against X-Factor for the Christmas No.1 spot has already started. A campaign to get Nirvana’s grunge classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to number one has notched up 9000 followers since October 11th, this time all in the name of children’s charity Rhythmix.
In 2009 Rage Against the Machine successfully took the top spot thanks to a massive online campaign and extensive media coverage. In 2010 John Cage’s 4’33′ was less successful at silencing Matt Cardle’s Biffy Clyro cover, although The Trashmen’s ‘Surfin’ Bird’ managed a place at Number 3.
The campaign is a reaction to X-Factor show bosses attempts to steal the name of charity Rhythmix, which their website http://rhythmixmusic.org.uk/ states is “one of the UK’s leading music charities, delivering a large range of music making opportunities for young people across the South East region. Since 1999, Rhythmix has worked with more than 40,000 young people, enabling their creative”. Rhythmix own the trademarks to the name, but X-Factor bosses are as yet refusing to discuss the conduct, apparently telling them to ‘get a lawyer’.
Mark Davyd, the chief executive of the music charity said he has enlisted a legal firm to write to the X-Factor team asking them to change the band’s name after the earlier request was ignored.
He stated: “The first reply from X Factor was basically ‘We don’t care’. Maybe I’m naïve but I work in an area where I expect people to do the right thing.”
The Nirvana For Christmas No.1 Facebook page states:-
“After the AWESOME chart victory for Rage Against The Machine lots of us felt that there’d be no need to do another campaign again. Yet this year they have decided to effectively bully a children’s charity called RHYTHMIX by refusing to change the name of the tepid girl band and suggesting the charity “get a lawyer”
Well fuck you X Factor…we’re not impressed
We’re going to download the Nirvana classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to stick the proverbial finger up at you.”
You can ‘Like’ the page here https://www.facebook.com/nirvanaforno1?sk=info
and also visit http://rhythmixmusic.org.uk/ to support the charity Rhythmix