I read a little while ago about a Facebook campaign to get the Christian band Delirious? to the no. 1 spot in the charts. I learn today (from the always splendid Dave Walker at the Church Times blog) that it is gaining a head of steam.
The campaign has since progressed very well without my endorsement - the (approx) 49000 members of the Facebook group have been downloading the two tracks (studio and live versions) with sufficient enthusiasm for them to have reached No 1 and No 3 in the Amazon chart by last night (above). The songs are also making progress up the iTunes chart (17 and 41 at the time of writing). The Official Chart positions, including sales up to midnight on Saturday 3 April, will be announced on Easter Sunday.
Facebookers may be getting behind this, but my impression is that the Christin blogosphere is distinctly underwhelmed.
Mark Tiddy wonders Can’t we just have RATM again?* and suggests the new Scouting for Girls single instead. I’m not arguing. I might even download it.
These campaigns are all very good and laudable, I’m sure. Well-intentioned, anyway. But what I’ve heard of the Delirious? single suggests that it simply isn’t very good. How can a song with the lyric
I’m gonna be a speaker of truth to all mankind
I’m gonna stand, I’m gonna run
Into your arms, into your arms again
be taken seriously? Not that being any good has ever been a necessary condition for getting to no. 1
* That’s Rage Against the Machine. See. I’m down with the kids.