Thursday, February 08, 2007

What will you do when 10,000 Morrisseys come marching over the hill?

So, this is the future, then: Morrissey fans getting together to propel Life Is A Pigsty into the charts.

Why, though? Why?

Yes, chart rules make it possible. But does that make it desirable?

Surely the danger is that - rather than entering the top five and showing how large Mozzer's fan base is - it limps into the lower reaches of the top forty? It could end up looking like that Frasier Crane demonstration where the depth of affection was undeniable and obvious as its lack of breadth.

A similar project, It Should Have Been Number One, at least has a clearer mission. It's setting out to be like a musical Sam Beckett, seeking to put right what once went wrong, giving songs which never got to the top first time round a second chance. You don't need Hologram Al, though, to see the problems here.

First, there's something noble about the way, say, Vienna never made it to number one - arguably, it's done more to keep the song fresh in the popular memory than if it had got to the very top. The last thing its record needs is a patronising hands-up.

Second, they're starting with Roll With It. Which, surely, is the walking definition of a single that shouldn't have been number one. Unlike Ultravox, who lost out to a song that was tapping a different market, Oasis knowingly and willingly entered into a chart battle with Blur, and were beaten by the better single. Now, much as we'd love to see someone set up a campaign to try and give Brighton and Hove Albion the victory they could have had in the 1983 FA Cup Final, I can accept they were lost and that's why the records say that. Trying to give them a victory on the basis of a show of hands a decade or more later doesn't really count, does it?

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