Monday, December 22, 2003

I find it kind of funny

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first casualty of Christmas is good taste: if you don't believe me see Groc who has been diligently documenting this for weeks. Santa Claus may bring presents, but let's face it - that red and white ensemble may be a courageous fashion choice, but it's not a good one. And who sports a long white beard these days unless they're Ian McKellen on the set of Lord of the Rings? Pop music, traditionally at this time of the year, along with cinema, tv, news etc - is moronic, utterly mainstream and kind of sad...

Mad World, a very melancholy tune sung by Gary Jules (and made popular by the cult film Donnie Darko) is Britian's new number one for Christmas - beating a host of somewhat cynically, Christmas-themed pop tunes including the Pop Idol contestants and Avid Merrion. Where are all the grannies - who traditionally dicate what will be Christmas Number One? Why are poetry-writing teenagers with dyed black hair, who sit in their bedrooms with the light off deciding who gets to be number 1 this year?

And in another twist - Michelle (the one who has been described 100 times as having a "big personality") is Britian's new pop idol. Again, where are all the grannies who should have voted in their millions for Andy, Sam or Mark to win? Why does the girl who looks like she should be bullied in the playground beat 19,999 hopefuls - many of them shiny, happy teenagers with perfectly proportioned bodies, flaunting their flat, pierced navals and tossing manes of glossy blonde hair? What's going on? Is this finally the end of plastic pop?

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