Top of the Pops

In case you hadn’t heard, a grassroots movement put Rage Against the Machine on top of the British charts this week (over Joe McElderry from Simon Cowell’s X Factor talent show). This tickles me on numerous levels–but it’s hard for most Americans to understand how attentive Brits are to the question of who’s got the #1 single at Christmas. I thought it might be a good time to direct you to a letter I wrote on the subject of the British pop charts and year-end singles–back in 1998, when Facebook was just a twinkle in your father’s eye.

posted 23 December 2009 in Tasty Bits and tagged , , , . 2 comments

2 Comments on Top of the Pops

  1. Tom Nawrocki Says:

    The superstar cover of “Perfect Day” that your link references can be seen here:

    I’d never seen or heard it before. YouTube claims it was for something called the Children in Need Foundation, which I don’t know what that is. It’s supercool that Dr. John had a Number One hit, though. Poifect Day indeed.

  2. Gavin Says:

    Thanks for the link, Tom! When I wrote that essay, YouTube wasn’t around, and I never imagined that it’d be possible to click on the video a decade later.

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