Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Gennaro Castaldo watch: Football crazy

After all the excitement of having opinions on Grand Theft Auto and violence and kids with guns and, ooh, everything, it's down to earth with a bump for HMV voice-holder Gennaro Castaldo, who's reduced to trying to find something interesting to say about the Cardiff City FA Cup single. He doesn't quite rise to the occasion:

Gennaro Castaldo, spokesman for HMV, said if the same number of people who turned up for FA Cup semi-final bought the single, it would guarantee it a number one spot.

“It’s going to be very interesting when the hard copy sales take effect from Monday,” he said.

“Pre-sales orders have been in the thousands and there’s a very good chance of it making the top five.”

"Hard copy sales"? Is that what they're calling physical sales these days? Has Gennaro decided that "physical sales" might be too meaningless a term for the average man in the street and so has decided to go with the even more meaningless "hard copy sales" instead of, say, "CDs"?

And, while Gennaro is correct, that if all 82752 who turned up for the semi final bought a copy it would cakewalk to number one, did anyone mention to him that football matches generally have attendees who support either of the teams playing? Unless frustrated Barnsley fans intend to buy the record to smash it to smithereens, or maybe melt the hard copy sale to make something a little softer, the chances of selling one to everyone who went to Wembley seems somewhat unlikely.


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