Christmas Number One

We all know by now who will be top of the National League at Christmas. Thanks to Santa Cowley it will be your very own Lincoln City topping the pile, possible the one present all of us would have happily settled for when we sat down to make our lists a few months ago.

I am wanting to talk really briefly to you about another Christmas Number One though, in a break from tradition I am straying from football for a short while. I’m going to talk about the Official Top 40.

Before I continue let me assure you I have little to no interest in popular culture, especially so-called popular music. My playlist at present is made up of tracks by Ferocious Dog, Rancid, the King Blues, Riskee and the Ridicule and Inspiral Carpets. Many of you will have blank looks on your face, and that’s fair enough.

I despise ‘popular’ culture, especially the abomination that is X-Factor. That smug sod Cowell has spent 13 years churning out increasingly obscure pop acts, completely spoiling the one cherished tradition of the ‘Christmas number one’. He has slowly suffocated the creative and unique cultural air from Britain’s lungs, replacing it with mouth to mouth resuscitation using bland pop acts. Each year he chews theseyoung people up and spits them out in his ever lasting quest for more of the folding stuff.

It isn’t just that though, it’s the belief that a pretty face and a decent voice is all that’s needed to make good music, and it isn’t. Music should be about so much more, it should speak to you or carry a message. I missed the punk era but I identify far more with the music of the Specials, Stiff Little Fingers and the Dead Kennedys than I ever do todays popular chart hits. Music should have a message as well, you should feel it and believe in it, not just agree someone has a nice voice. X Factor is everything that is wrong with our culture.


Craig Gill

A couple of years back you may remember the UK took the charts back, sending Rage Against the Machine to number one. People from all walks of life had had enough, and through downloads as well as physical purchases we were able to secure the much sought after number 1 spot for ‘Killing in the Name Of’.

This year there is another campaign running, and usually I simply contribute and then let the campaign run it’s course. I bought RATM but I didn’t preach and I didn’t blog. The issue this week is that by the half way stage the campaign is in trouble, so I thought I’d appeal to my readers to help in any way they can.

Just three days after we beat Forest Green, Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill was found dead at the age of 44. Inspiral Carpets fromed in 1983 as a post punk band, but went on to play a role in the ‘Madchester’ movement that helped shape and define British music for years to come. They even had Noel Gallagher work for them as a roadie before he joined Oasis. Inspiral Carpets are a true home grown talent, a band with something to say and a desire to say it. ‘This is how it feels’ is one of my favourite songs of all time.

The Madchester scene spawned so much quality music it’s embarrassing. From the one city came the foundations for the rave scene through the Hacienda, we got the Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, Chemical Brothers, and the Verve to name just a few. All of those acts were real people, real bands playing real music, grafting their way up by gigging and writing tunes. They had things to say and they didn’t conform to what the likes of Cowell would class as ‘saleable’. They made their music and if you didn’t like it, tough.

As a tribute to Gilly and in an effort to once again claim real music, an online movement has formed to try and get Inspiral Carpets 1994 hit Saturn 5 to number one this Christmas. Early numbers were very good, initially the song sat third in the charts. After the weekend though despite lots of downloads it was only just hanging on to a top 20 spot.


Inspiral Carpets were an important band of proper musicians that were a credit to their city, country and to the indie genre. Craig Gill was taken far too young, and I’d like to think that his legacy could be for the UK to once again take back the UK charts, away from the X Factor rubbish, away from the manufactured pop rubbish that is Little Mix. The highest chart position the song ever reached was 20 in 1994, but maybe with the support of true music lovers we can help make a small Christmas miracle. It won’t bring Craig back, but it might bring some comfort to his young family, his friends and his fellow Inspiral Carpets members.

The song is 59p on Amazon and 99p on Google play. I don’t know about I-Tunes as I don’t use Apple products. Thank you City fans for taking the time to read this, please follow the link to find out how you can play your part

Below is a message from the guys behind to campaign.


Now is the time to put all our efforts in to action and get downloading. All valid download links are available at

Please visit the page and read the instructions on the master plan for next weeks number 1 announcement.

No further instructions should be needed. (If you use an iphone or android to download drop us a line if you are really stuck…)

We cannot tell you how many times you should download these tracks, safe to say if we are caught doing anything untoward such as downloading it 100 times each we will be thrown out of the race. It is of utmost importance that we now WIN and achieve our objective to


PLEASE PLEASE SHARE with everyone you know and ensure they download these tracks.


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