You don’t need us to tell you that chart music in the UK has been in a sorry state for a long, long time. And at no time does it become more painfully obvious than Christmas, when Simon Cowell’s televised karaoke contest has stitched up the No 1 slot every year since it started thanks to endless free media promotion. Every year except one, that is. In 2009, an inspired social media campaign put Rage Against The Machine’s classic Killing In The Name to the top.
Now a group of real music fans have decided it’s Rave’s turn – and what better candidate than Activ 8 (Come With Me), Altern 8’s rave anthem that debuted at their infamous car park rave outside Shelley’s nightclub in Stoke in 1991? Featuring three-year-old MC Crazy Claire saying “Top one, nice one, get sorted,” this slice of rave history is now being served on 15 December 2013 in nine different flavours, with each mix counting towards its chart entry (hint).
Altern8 for Christmas Number One had 23,335 likes on their Facebook page at the time of writing, with more than 2,500 “talking about this”. That’s enough of a buzz to make Altern 8 a genuine contender for the top slot. The page admins say that pre-orders are available on iTunes and that each sale counts against the Xmas chart: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/activ-8-come-with-me-single/id760707151
This isn’t the first time that Altern 8 have been making news at Christmas. At the height of their fame, the duo planned to throw special Christmas puds out of a hot air balloon (until someone realised it might be a bit of a health & safety issue), apparently to help the poor. One of the surviving puddings was auctioned off on Ebay in 2011 and went for £129! Now there’s something to eat with a good dose of rave juice on Christmas Day if Altern 8 top the charts…