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4'33" of near-silence at Christmas number one. 12/1 odds at the bookies. 41k people in the group.
Heard about it?
I've seen Whitehouse live, and Consumer Electronics (Philip Best's side project) as well. An old friend of mine was obsessed with them. Both great gigs actually!
to really being amused by this idea. much as i love rage four and a half minutes of silence will be way more entertaining in this context.
the most recent of which was http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4269762
Chuckle-worthy enough idea that won't gather RATM type momentum cos there will be a whole slew of people trying to push their suggestion.
It needs to be silly and tongue in cheek.
Doing something of "We're so much better than you because of the music we like" turns people cold.
I propose No Sex by Limp Bizkit
Even the organisers tried to make out there was a message in their choice other than it being as far (within commercially viable reason) from a sweeping ballad cover of a Miley Cyrus song.
CATM has actually gained some traction publicity-wise over the last couple of weeks, but did anyone else see (apart from when I posted about it) that the Royal British Legion are putting out two minutes of silence as a charity single for Rememberance Sunday? SPOILER.
I mean I FUCKING LOVE Rage, but a large but of the appeal was it was so tongue in cheek rebellious compared to the previous year's po faced "How dare YOU cover a song, let's buy a dude with a guitar covering it"
I was pretty meh about the "Let's get what is, in our opinion, a better fairly straight cover of this ok song than the other fairly straight cover of it" campaign.
I was fully behind behind the "Let's get some shouting and swearing to number one (and the fact that it'll do over a shitty generic ballad is a minor bonus, and we couldn't give a fuck about the stick-it-to-the-man angle that the press and po-faced gets seem to be hung up on)" campaign.
sorry? it's 4 and a half minutes of silence. it's nothing to do with cultural superiority, i just find the idea pretty funny.
the point is that it'd be really funny/awesome if silence got to number 1
why any self respecting music fan cares what christmas number one is, is beyond me. it's irrelevant.
xmas #1 has become 'a thing' innit. taken very seriously by some (especially x-factor marketing types). so the opportunity to subvert that for juvenile shits & giggles is thusly presented and has a certain appeal.
if tesco decided that they were gona turn eating corn on the cob into a christmas 'thing'... and if loads of people bought into it unthinkingly... then it might be vaguely funny to do something like, errr, empty the shelves of carrots* or onions or something. probably not the best example, but it's just a dafty diversion as we float through life innit.
i guess you you might call it 'commercial disobedience'. as opposed to 'proper' culture jamming, like defacing billboards, which is actually supposed to convey a meaningful message of some sort.
*there was actually a group for creating a 'buy loads of carrots for no reason' day, iirc.
To get one of bootsy collins xmas tracks to number one.
Also, there's the added fun of what happens to radio stations playing it in full at the end of charts. Isn't there an automatic switch at radio stations that instantly cut in after a certain amount of 'dead air', so the Christmas #1 broadcast on Radio 1 might be 3 minutes of silence followed by the first 1 1/2 minutes of whatever generic drivel they have as their dead air filler. Or will the DJ have to keep interrupting the track with "you're listening to the christmas number one, John Cage, live on radio 1". None of this is going to make me purchase a 'rebellious' song for the fun of it. I'll buy a 75p anarchy-logo from Blue Banana if I want to be that lame.