After an excellent campaign on Facebook, Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ failed to not only make the top spot but even get into the top 10. The record limped in at number 11.
The UK Top 10 Chart on Christmas Day looked like this:
1 Military Wives with Gareth Malone ‘Wherever You Are’
2 Little Mix ‘Cannonball’
3 Lou Monte ‘Dominick The Donkey’
4 Alex Day ‘Forever Yours’
5 Coldplay ‘Paradise’
6 Olly Murs ‘Dance With Me Tonight’
7 Flo Rida ‘Good Feeling’
8 Lloyd ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) (feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne)’
9 Avicii ‘Levels’
10 Rihanna ‘We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)’
I spent half an hour of my life listening to each of these tracks, just trying to make sense of their chart position. HALF AN HOUR! Thats half an hour of my life that I will never have back. The fact that Nirvana’s ‘Smell Like Teen Spirit’ actually comes in below this pile of dross makes me think that the UK music industry has finally reached an all time low.
The Military Wives at number 1, is a track thats at least for a good cause. We should remember the people that are fighting and dying for our Country, so ok I’m giving the UK chart this one, but I suppose if it didn’t reach number 1, there would be a major backlash in the press. Especially after David Cameron’s recent pledge to give more support to military personnel and familys of service men and women seriously injured or killed in action.
Then we come to Little Mix version of Damien Rices Cannonball. What can I say? Well I could actually fill librarys with why this is possibly the worst track ever. Its utter dross. Yet more no talent nonsense in a nation that is already being slowly labotomise by dreadful soaps, reality TV and of course ‘the Only Way is Essex, which I just don’t get. Why would you have people that arn’t actors acting? Why? The one good thing about Little Mix track is that maybe, just maybe, it will mean Simon Cowell will finally be dragged in front of a firing squad and executed for crimes against the music industry.
Then we have another 8 tracks of mind numbing nothing-ness that makes me wonder if its actually some government sceme to crush our spirits and passify us into subservience. ‘Sorry Prime Minister ID Cards didn’t work, terrorist propagander didn’t work. But what if we use the music industry to take away their free will…”
When you look at the facts; we’re in the middle of a recession, theres a war on with the middle east, everybody is in trouble financially, everybody is unhappy and the world looks bleak. We have a government that doesn’t know its ass from its elbow, that is corrupt, that places personnal financial reward over the needs of its people and you have to wonder, why hasn’t a form of music risen up and reflected these things.
Over the last 100 years, times of war, change and economic struggle have always had one positive side effect – GOOD MUSIC! The great depression gave us the Blues, the disposable income and rise of teen culture in the fifties gave us Rock N Roll, Vietnam triggered the Hippy Movement, the UK’s recession in the 70’s and the promise of ‘No Future’ gave us Punk Rock. Even Grunge had a message against society, it was about social alienation, apathy, confinement, and a desire for freedom. But why hasn’t a new kind of music stood up and made a statement during the dark days of this recession?
The reason is simple really. The music industry is run by executives in suits who feel it is easier to the market the same old generic pop than to take a chance on anything original and interesting. And especially anything thats trying to make any kind social statement.
And then theres independent labels. Unlike in the past, indipendent lable’s don’t have the funding to compete with the majors, be it in terms of marketing or mechanical distribution. We all believed that the internet would ‘even the playing field’ but its just allowed the major labels to get their message out more, because of their financial resources and crush the little man.
The sad fact is, there will never be another Blues, there will never be another Rock N Roll, there will never be be another hippy movement, there will never be another Punk Rock and there will never be another Grunge. The sad sorry ‘top ten’ above has sadly made that painfully obvious!
The long and short of it is, if you want good music, don’t look for it in the UK Chart. There may never be another musical revolution but there will be good music, you just have to look harder. We need to accept that its time for good music to go underground. And the man to blame for this is Simon Cowell.