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South Shields’ biggest ever queue

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Queuing to see Joe McElderry in South ShieldsKing Street besieged by people raging against the machine!

To be honest, I hadn’t seen a queue like this at the shops since visiting Bulgaria in it’s communist days when the popular thing to do was to join on the end , just to find out what they were selling. So I did, and when I got to the front I found a shop where they were running on candle light and hundreds of poor souls had queued up to buy plastic table cloth cut directly from the roll, apparently there was a longer queue to buy bread at 6:00 am that day!

This was the view in King Street, South Shields yesterday afternoon as “Joe mania” gripped this part of South Tyneside, local hero and X Factor winner Joe McElderry had made a flying visit to his home town to promote his new single “The Climb” and was signing copies for the five hundred (some who had camped out overnight) lucky enough to have special wristbands issued by HMV Records to gain access to the store. For over two hours from 4:00 pm the store was closed to the general public and McElderry did not, as had been suggested on Facebook, make an appearance or sing, he left a little after 6:00 pm by the back entrance to fly back to The Dorchester in London.

Bearing in mind the effects of Facebook, hundreds of more spectators arrived in King Street on the off chance of catching a glimpse of Joe McElderry but they left disappointed, also bearing in mind Facebook, many wished to purchase a copy of Joe’s CD to ensure that it makes the Christmas No. 1 spot against Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”, which, after an online campaign, is currently outselling that of the X Factor winner. According to The Daily Mirror Joe’s chances took a blow as his record company failed to get the CD into many shops yesterday, blaming “distribution issues”. Only Asda and HMV had copies, with other outlets expecting it today, doh!

Which brings me to the point of this post, I’ve just been listen to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast show with Nicky Campbell and Sheila Fogerty where they had Rage Against the Machine lined up in the adjoining studio to play their re-released single so that we could compare them to McElderry, it seems that the American rockers, who have been around since 1991, had been warned that they were on the BBC airing to a large audience, but they still managed to litter their performance with profanities and expletives in a matter that would have made The Sex Pistols blush. Needless to say, the Beeb pulled the plug pretty sharply and Fogarty advised the audience to get out and buy Joe’s single.

I’m still a big rock fan, but this type of west coast US thrash guitar stuff does nothing for me, it’s total garbage and the Facebook campaign amounts to little more than an anarchistic outburst to throw a spanner in the works of the charts business, I just hope that South Shields folks aren’t tempted to buy it, not because you feel that you ought to be supporting Joe McElderry or Simon Cowell, but because it is devoid of decent musical medley, is a cacophony of unconnected noises, didn’t capture the broader public’s imagination last time round, and doesn’t rhythmically or musically appeal this time round, although it is raising money for a worthy charity. If you really must listen to American rock try older Nirvana albums or The Kings of Leon, far better music all round.

For those stuck with the problems of buying a late Christmas present I guess you couldn’t do much harm by getting out and buying Joe McElderry’s single CD for the kids, and hey, even Gordon Brown and David Cameron like him!

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December 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

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  1. […] sign up to rage against the X Factor Times Online – MusicSouth Shields’ biggest ever queue Curly’s Corner Shop, the blog!View All […]

  2. So pleased for Joe. Always loved him, but really moved over to “team Joe” when he did an extra interview for Great Ormond Street about staying fit and healthy - – That combined with all the money raised from the charity single is really helping things out at the hospital so we will always love him! We are rooting for him to be number one for Christmas too! Come on Joe! x


    December 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

  3. What you talkin’ ’bout Curly? Killing in the Name is a classic!


    December 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

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