Rage Against The Machine performed their contender for Christmas number one on Radio 5 Live this morning and failed to cut out the expletive lyrics.
Appearing on Nicky Campbell’s show, Zack de la Rocha was asked not to sing the lyric “F*** you I won’t do what you tell me” but managed to get the line in three times before the plug was pulled.
During an interview beforehand, Zack was asked how he would feel if he won the chart battle with X Factor. He replied: “I think it would be a wonderful statement.
“The kids all over the UK have responded to this incredible internet campaign. And I think is says something about the real tensions that people are experiencing all over the UK and the United States as well.
“People would just love to hear a song that reflects some of the tensions that they’re experiencing in their daily lives, and we’re very excited about it.”
He also slammed X Factor boss Simon Cowell saying:
“Simon is an interesting character. He seems to have profited greatly off humiliating people on live television and has a unique position of capturing the attention of people on television, but also the airwaves. We see this [campaign] as a necessary break of that control.”
Guitarist Tom Morello explained why he thinks the fans have gotten behind this campaign in such hueg numbers. He said:
“People are tired of being spoon fed one schmaltzy ballad after another,” he said. “They want to take back their own charts. We’re honoured they’ve chosen our song to be the rebel anthem to topple The X Factor monopoly.
“People aren’t buying ‘Killing In The Name’ to protest a record coming out on a major company. We wrote ‘Killing In The Name’ in a small industrial slum in Los Angeles. The X Factor song is written by a cabal of overpaid songwriters to shove the schmaltzy business down your throats. So there is two very different choices.
“The thing the listeners need to know is, it’s a really close race and its a real liberating musical revolution and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”