Being a man who is a part-time shut-in, it’s easy for me to sometimes miss a lot of what constitutes modern British culture; in fact, I only found out about three weeks ago that Big Brother is on telly at the mo. However, not even I could have failed to have noticed that X Factor is once more about to descend upon us. 400 years ago, epidemics came in the form of fatal diseases & religious-based genocides. These days, our epidemics are spiritual ones.
I don’t like X Factor; not only does it do that brilliantly capitalist thing of making already-rich people richer, whilst shitting on the unfounded hopes & dreams of hundreds of thousands of people (not to mention exploiting the few truly talented singers that are inevitably weeded out), but it also cheapens the profession I have chosen to follow. We don’t have “Brain Surgeon Factor”, “Lion Tamer Factor”, or even “Chartered Accountant Factor”, so why is it acceptable to assume that anybody who can fill out an application form & stand in a queue all day will be a competent musician?
X-Factor – The Modern Day Syphilis
You don’t have to look back 400 years to see the astounding legacy that British music has left. Since the 50′s, British bands have been undeniably the best in the world. Through each decade, up to & including the 1990′s, this country has produced music of such quality that its influence has reached every corner of the planet. Jesus, even the 80′s had some half-decent stuff about; even U2 were bearable back then.
X Factor started in 2004, & this seems to coincide with the general shitness of British music generally. I’m not going to sit here & list every “proper” band from the last six years that I hate, mostly because it would take me far too long (although one of them, Kasabian, garner back respect from me thanks to Tom Meighan’s quote, “The X Factor is like something The Riddler would do in Batman. It sucks out everyone’s brains“). But I can hardly blame them; modern culture teaches young musicians that mastery of one’s instrument is secondary to conforming to a certain stereotype.
What’s X-Factor This Year Got To Do With Rage?
You may now be wondering, “I hear what you’re saying, Leon. But what has this got to do with Jon Morter?” (Jon was the man behind 2009′s Rage Against The Machine Christmas Number 1 Campaign). Well, having run a little search on X Factor today (yes, I know, adding to its perceived popularity), I’ve discovered that the next series of X Factor (as in, the one after the one coming up) won’t start until January 2012; in other words, it won’t get a crack at the Xmas Number One. And whilst the cynic in me believes this won’t happen if this year’s inevitable sack of shit gets the Christmas top spot (something Simon Cowell must be worried about; hence his decision to start 2012′s series after Chrimbo), I can’t help but feel that a corner may have been turned.