December 15, 2008

Christmas Number One

Please, for the love of God, buy Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah instead of that X-Factor tosh, because it really is much better.

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  1. Allan Smith

    So long as it’s not Peter Kay, I’m happy.

    15 Dec 2008, 12:50

  2. Mathew Mannion

    Well you bloody well shouldn’t be. I’d much rather Peter Kay was #1 than a shitty cover of Hallelujah, probably the worst cover that there’s been.

    15 Dec 2008, 12:57

  3. Allan Smith

    I’m surprised people still place much stock in the Christmas number 1 anymore to be honest; it’s been the domain of reality winners for years apart from that Gary Jules track, and even before then it was a bit patchy with the likes of Mr Blobby and Bob the Builder. It seems like the better songs tend to be those that miss out.

    15 Dec 2008, 13:08

  4. Mike Willis

    Please, for the love of God, buy [anything] instead of that X-Factor tosh, because it really is much better.

    Not that I’ve actually heard the X-Factor version of Hallelujah, nor do I intend to. I don’t even know who won. I’m just assuming it’s complete toss, because, well it’s X-Factor isn’t it. I heard on the radio sometime last week that whoever won they would release a cover of Hallelujah. Could they get any more blatantly lazy about it? Can’t be bothered to come up with an original song, can’t even be bothered to think of different cover version for each potential winner. Just rake in a load of money off the phone votes, shove whoever wins in a sound booth for an hour, chuck it out and watch the mindless masses lap it up whilst Simon Cowell tries to decide which supercar to buy with his share of the profits.

    15 Dec 2008, 13:27

  5. I need a bit more context. Is the Buckley release a new one (or rerelease) with a genuine chance of beating the X-Factor shite, or are talking about a bunch of people who know about music deliberately picking out a superior version and trying to make sure that enough people buy that one (even if it’s an old release) to beat the new bad X-Factor single?

    I admit it would be superb if Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah was Christmas no.1!

    15 Dec 2008, 15:32

  6. Mathew Mannion

    Does it have a genuine chance? No, but then NO other single does. It’s not being re-released physically, so the only thing behind it is a weight of Internet support.

    HOWEVER As of the last time I checked, it’s #3 on the iTunes download chart and #3 on Amazon as well – so it has a very good chance of getting to the top 5 or top 10 which would be enough for people to realise that the X Factor single is a bag of shit.

    15 Dec 2008, 15:41

  7. Good call!

    15 Dec 2008, 15:50

  8. Can I buy the John Cale version instead? :-p

    15 Dec 2008, 16:37

  9. Mathew Mannion

    15 Dec 2008, 16:39

  10. Allan Smith

    Looking on the iTunes chart, Buckley’s version is currently sat at no.4, and also at no.61; the first being from the ‘So Real’ collection and the second from ‘Grace’. It’ll be a little silly if it’s counted as two separate songs.

    Even more silly is that my iTunes has turned pink for some reason.

    15 Dec 2008, 19:43

  11. Mike Willis

    Curiosity got the better of me I sought out the X Factor version. Word on the Interweb media is it’s is the “fastest-selling download ever across Europe”.
    Skip to around 1:45 and at 2:12…. well, yikes. Cliché make-song-bigger moment much? Appalling. I think it’s the worse cover version I’ve heard since Sheryl Crow decided she could do Sweet Child of Mine by Guns n’ Roses.

    I’m sure there’s a scathing comment to be made regarding people who purchase the output of the X Factor the utilises the line “but you don’t really care for music, do you”, but I can’t be bothered.

    15 Dec 2008, 21:07

  12. Simon Brent

    Sorry….Leonard Cohen > *

    15 Dec 2008, 21:53

  13. Mathew Mannion

    Leonard Cohen’s original is curious in that it’s one of the few songs to have been superceded by a hell of a lot of covers (John Cale, Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley – all much better than the original imo)

    16 Dec 2008, 08:45

  14. Matt

    Buckley all the way…

    16 Dec 2008, 11:09

  15. Rick Astley?

    16 Dec 2008, 12:25

  16. Sam Bonfield


    18 Dec 2008, 11:54

  17. I only just got this album, but I can confirm it’s quality.

    10 Feb 2009, 14:44

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