Well. The sales are in and counted. It's done. And where how did we do when all was said and done? We reached Number 80 in the singles chart.
Just let that sink in for a second.
Gary Barlow with his piece of crap song managed number 11 in the singles chart. But in the album charts? The man waltzed away with one of the biggest number 1s in years.
Or did he? Given what we learned last night I'm now not so sure. Not so sure at all.
As was revealed here on this very site (and many others) last night it would seem that our fight to get the Jubilee number 1 for the Pistols was NOT a fair fight.
Which is doubly ironic considering that essentially what happened was a repeat of 35 years ago. Back then the Sex Pistols sold more singles than anyone else the week of the Silver Jubilee but due to some rather iffy irregularities they only got to number 2.
Now fast forward 35 years and it would seem we could only manage number 80.
Being honest here I never expected us to get to number 1. But I did think a top 20 place was a dead cert. The official campaign facebook page has over 14,000 likes. If all 14,000 members bought it it'd take it fairly high up the charts. But many people bought it two and three times. I should know I was one of them!
But what happened? Amazon decided to refund a large number of people who'd downloaded the song thus those sales wouldn't count. And then yesterday it simply said the song was not available for download. Play.com also did the same trick. Quite how a download is unavailable who knows? But it was the only song eligible for the charts that was not available for download.
Very. Once the charts come out it allows you to view where to buy the single. And when you click the amazon link for God Save the Queen something interesting happened. It linked to the 2002 CD Single release version. Was this the only version (asides iTunes) that counted for the charts? I'm not sure but it seems likely.
So we've established with some fairly compelling evidence another conjob has been pulled. We have been deceived. The charts are quite clearly rigged.
Is the mainstream media in uproar? Are they calling for the head of the people who run the charts?
Are they hell. It's been ignored so far and no doubt it'll continue to be ignored.
They'll know what happened. We'll know what happened. But everyone else, the vast majority of people, will be in the dark. They won't know.
I'd also question would the majority even care but that's a whole other can of worms I'm going to skillfully avoid.
So what can we do? We get the word out. We get the evidence out. We shout this out from the rooftops and the flagpoles. Something very very weird happened in the charts.
An investigation is needed. How can we trust the charts when something like this has happened?
We can't can we? So again we need to spread the word on this. We need to shout it out.
This campaign started off as a bit of fun. Yes we wanted to correct the chart injustice of 35 years ago but we also wanted some fun. And if it reminded the world that punk still matters? All the better for it!
But now they've turned it into something more serious. And whatever happened was VERY serious indeed.
It is tantamount to censorship. They didn't want the Sex Pistols at number 1. Or number 10. Or anywhere in the top 40. Completely pushing them out of the top 100 would have looked far too suspicious. But down to number 80? Where they'll not get noticed as most people only bother with the top 40? That must've seemed ideal to whoever ordered this.
The question then is why was this ordered?
Did someone not want to risk upsetting the Queen? And if so would she honestly have checked or care who is number 1?
Did someone not want this masterpiece of Punk out there as a voice against the Monarchy?
Who knows. Sadly I doubt we'll ever know.
What I do know is that someone out there knows.
And that we must shout and scream this injustice out from the rooftops.
Share the truth.
As if we don't? There really is no future for any of us. They've proven that once again with their actions.
So spread the word.
Punk is Dead.
LONG LIVE PUNK!
The lovely people who run the Sex Pistols for Number One campaign have informed me of a very interesting tidbit of information that I did not know when writing the article but is very relevant.
This is NOT the first time that the charts have been tampered with. It happened in 2008. And the record company involved admitted it happened.
Let me take you back to Christmas 2008. The first campaign such as this one was raging. The idea was to RickRoll the Christmas Number One by Getting Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up to the top spot.
That week however, when the charts were published, it wasn't at the top spot. It was at number 73 in the charts. And that is where history records the song as being.
Only it wasn't. It got all the way up to number 3.
But it was DELIBERATELY lowered down to 73. I'm not going to tell you why. I'm going to let their quote speak for itself...
"the songs [sic] ranking was ridiculous and rigging a contest was unfair on other artists".
Erm... What now?! Rigging a contest was unfair on other artists... So they rigged it by lowering him down 70 places?! How was this fair on Rick and the thousands of RickRollers who jumped on the band wagon?
Now call me naive but isn't the chart meant to report only who sold what and in what order? Their job is not to think "Oh we don't like this song let's bump it down!"
That's underhanded. And wrong. And it may even be illegal.
So once again I urge you to share this far and share this wide.
The charts are a sham so let's use a little Punk spirit to enlighten the masses!