RATM make the UK Christmas Number One. Guitarist Tom Morello said that the campaign to prevent another X Factor number one had “tapped into the silent majority of the people in the UK who are tired of being spoon-fed one schmaltzy ballad after another”.
Frontman De la Rocha said the band would perform a free concert in the UK in 2010 to celebrate their chart win and added that proceeds from the single would go to homeless charity Shelter. Top result all around, unless you’re an untalented musician voted for by a zombie-like celebrity and tv obsessed public.
As Clint Boon said on XFM Manchester last week, it’s nothing personal against X Factor winner Joe McElderry, but that the music loving public, the ones that go to gigs and watch real music, was tired of X Factor drivel and that hopefully it would initiate a return to genuine music. The type of music where people write and sing their own songs and play their own intruments. The kind of music that makes it onto mountain bike videos.