Rage Against The Machine – Follow Like Sheep More Like! 2


Last week saw a battle like no other for the Christmas number one slot. Traditionally (rightly or wrongly) the Christmas number one has been taken by the ITV show The X Factor and up until 2009 this was the case for the past four years; but not this year, the great British public decided to make a stand and boy did they do a good job.

Firstly let’s have a look at the problems which exists by having the X Factors winning single as Christmas number one. First and foremost there is no ‘surprise’ as to what the winner will be – removing some of the magic and excitement from listening to the charts on Sunday night. Too much money goes to the makers of the X Factor, perhaps? however perhaps not. In the past 20 years, over 65% of Christmas number one singles have been labeled by the music giant Sony Music Entertainment. Finally even tho over half the population of the UK 15.62 Million (53.2% of population) watched the X Factor final people do not necessarily think the X Factor winners single has a right to be Christmas number one.

Many people have argued that the RATM campaign was not a personal attack against Simon Cowell or Joe. Now if this was the case, I would be able to accept the fact that the British public wants to take a stand and make a change; however this is not the case. Below are some screenshots of the Facebook Group, you can make your own judgment as to whether this is personally against Simon & Joe.

However one thing which people seemed to have overlooked is whether or not what they were doing was actually working? If you take a look into the fabric of RATM, you will find that they are labeled by a record company called ‘Epic‘. Epic is parented by ‘Sony Music Entertainment‘; and who is one of the biggest single shareholders of Sony Music Entertainment? Mr Cowell.

Now if you look at it from a charity point of view, then this campaign was a success, with money being raised for a good cause, and I don’t think anyone would have a problem with that. However when you look at the t-shirts and facebook comments, in my opinion it was never just about getting Joe out of the charts, it was about sending a message, and that message was sent in the wrong manner.

If people would have simply looked at the background of RATM the would have found within a few minutes that they are the same label that Simon represents, and by trying to hurt him financially – they have in effect doubled it by giving him an extra song in the charts.

People did Rise Against The Machine, however followed like sheep – resulting in a massive fail of one of their motives. Winning the battle but losing the war!

  • kelo

    1. It’s “Rage Against The Machine”
    2. The problem is: Try to pick a song that would have appealed to people in the same way as “Killing in the name” does, and at the same time is not owned by a major label. Nearly impossible.
    3. I bet that even someone like Simon Cowel cares about more than just money.
    4. Money wise, it may be win-win for Sony BMG – true. But it showed them that there’s still a market for authentic music out there, which they have neglected. Hopefully it will change their minds about supporting struggling bands instead of putting money into casting shows and marketing.

    • Thanks for your comment, music is personal thing and what may be another mans favorite track will be another mans trash; hence I left all personal feelings about the sound of the tracks from my post. However I believe that Killing In The Name is a tragic song and didnt really appeal to the masses, people merely bought the track, following like sheep. RATM probably wont be anywhere in the charts this week, yet Joes single will remain there for several. It didnt send a ‘big message’ like everyone suggested it was more like a little whisper.