Flashback Friday – “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against The Machine.
Twas the night before the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring…
Well that might not be quite true but it is nearly Christmas and so to celebrate the fact we thought we would select a seasonal classic for our Flashback Friday. Ok strictly speaking you might not consider it to be a seasonal classic but it was the UK Christmas number 1 back in 2009. For those of you who remember the titanic struggle of good over evil you will remember that good won out and for that reason Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine is our Christmas Flashback Friday.
Originally released in November 1992 Killing in the Name was the lead single from the bands self titled debut album. The song peaked in the UK chart at number 25 in 1993 and if it hadn’t been for a later high profile campaign may have faded into obscurity.
Rage Against the Machine, for those that don’t know, are an American band that fuse aspects of punk, heavy metal and hip hop in their music. They were therefore perhaps an apt choice when husband and wife team Jon and Tracy Morter decided to start a grass roots campaign to stop yet another Christmas Number One single being claimed by an X-Factor winner.
The X-Factor is a TV show which aims to find new singing talent in the UK. Created by Simon Cowell it hit our TV screens in 2004 and was broadcast on prime time Saturday night TV in the weeks running up to Christmas. The cynics amongst us would claim that this was done with the specific aim of claiming the coveted and lucrative Christmas number 1 slot. Unsurprisingly the single released by the winner of the show claimed the Christmas number 1 from 2004 up until the Morters stepped in and helped put Killing in the Name at number 1 for Christmas Day.
So for our Flashback Friday we have a salute to the Morters and give you Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine.