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An Appealing Christmas Message from Joe Rukin

Joe Rukin:

17th December 2009

This morning, before going on air, someone at Radio 5 obviously asked Rage Against the Machine if when they played “Killing in the Name” live, they could miss out the “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.” bit at the end.

I’ll give you one guess what happened. Audio at  (bleeped at the end) is currently at

Right at the start of the interview front man Zach de la Rocha, who has once given evidence to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, said “I think it would be a kind of a wonderful statement. The kids all over the UK have responded to this incredible internet campaign and I think that it says something about the real tensions that people are experiencing all over the UK and the United states as well and I think people would just love to hear a song that reflects some of the tensions they’re experiencing in their daily lives and we’re very excited about it.”

That’s part of the message at the Rage Against the X Factor Christmas appeal, my comedy audition to Simon Cowell’s new masterplan, a political version of X-Factor:

You can buy the track from any of these links (and more) Amazon 29p  65p  
Tune Tribe 49p  
HMV 79p

And whilst the band is giving money to Shelter, you can donate yourselves at

Merry Ragemas!!

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:


  1. I just watched that so called message on youtube and what a load of trite. Imagine getting up christmas morning and your young child puts ont the tv to here killing in the name of, what do they want an entire generation who won’t think twice about the language they use or there attitude. They say they want to help children in the UK with regards music, what has Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell being doing. They have opened doors for some great artists. In this country there as always been talent shows, many winners are still in the music business today. There are enough problems with children in the UK at the moment and RATM have only made it worse. I wonder what the parents of these kids who have downloaded this song say and do if they ever found out. I find the song offensive and even it it is No1 for christmas the true No 1 song with be at position 2 in the charts.

  2. that worked at knocking the x factor off christmas number one spot for joe mcelderry, will it be same trick though for x factor 2010?
    x factor 2009 christmas no.1

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