Belfast Telegraph

Jane Graham: Why I want X Factor's Matt to feel the real pain

By Jane Graham

As I write, Matt Cardle's chart victory looks nailed on, but the original Biffy Clyro track he's covered (and changed the title of, presumably because Simon Cowell doesn't trust the public to remember a three word title that doesn't feature in the song's chorus) is now climbing up into the Top Ten.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if Biffy's Many Of Horror nicked The X Factor's No. 1 on Sunday? Because not since Alexandra Burke hollered her way through Leonard Cohen's mournful Hallelujah has a song been so diluted, its strength so reduced, by a vapid, airhead interpretation.

Biffy's songwriter Simon Neil originally wrote Many Of Horror about the complexities of an intense and obsessive love affair which vacillates between pleasure and pain.

When Neil sings his own words (written soon after he was married), you hear the contradictions, you feel the fury and the freedom and most of all, you become aware of the darkness in love.

When cheerful lightweight Matt Cardle (above) croons "I'll take a bruise I know you're worth it/ When you hit me, hit me hard", it's clear he has about as much idea about what's going on as Alex Reid at Jordan's last wedding.

For me, the hijacking and nullifying of great songs by the mindless, marauding corporate juggernaut that is The X Factor is the very worst aspect of the TV show's misuse of power. Which is why I'm downloading Many Of Horror today and urging those of you who value meaning and authenticity in art to do the same.


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