Today is the day that twitter got excited about 4’33″ and the campaign for John Cage to be Christmas number one. I didn’t. I think it’s patronising.
Last year’s success of Rage Against The Machine pipping whoever won X Factor to number one in the corporate sales chart was a fun, if childish, thing. It was a petulant two-fingers to a culture-sapping initiative of recycle and resell, and a man who is just a tiny bit better at exploiting consumers than most people. It irked some people who believe in the charts and the divine right of destiny an X Factor winner has, but they could still enjoy the song.
It was funny the first time.