Fans campaign for Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to be Christmas Number One over The X Factor

Fans react angrily to reality show's legal spat with children's charity

A Facebook campaign has been launched in a bid to help Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to the UK’s Christmas Number One spot ahead of the winner of this year’s X Factor.

The ‘Nirvana For Christmas No. 1’ group, which has nearly 10,000 members, has been set up as a response to what they perceive as “bullying” tactics by the reality show after they named one of this year’s acts after a children’s charity and refused to change it.

Four X Factor hopefuls who auditioned as solo artist were grouped together and given the moniker Rhythmix at the show’s audition process, but the name has already been registered to a Brighton charity that uses music to try and help young people.


They told RockNewsDesk that they had now been forced into a legal dispute after their request for the show to change the band’s name was ignored.

“The X Factor are refusing to back down,” said Rhythmix’s regional director Russ Grooms. “We believe it would be simple and appropriate for them to change the name. We see no reason why they shouldn’t.

“But now we’re involved in a costly legal debate which takes valuable funds away from delivering services to young people. We’re at a loss as to why anyone would even consider trying to find a legal loophole to ensure a band can continue to use the name of a small yet highly-respected charity,” he added.

Organisers for ‘Nirvana For Christmas No.1’, meanwhile, said: “This year the X Factor have decided to effectively bully a children’s charity. Well, fuck you, X Factor. We’re going to download the Nirvana classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to stick the proverbial finger up at you. Who’s in?”

Grooms said he was “blown away” by the support shown by the group and said they would “absolutely love” the track to get to Number One.

In 2009, a Facebook campaign successfully helped Rage Against The Machine’s track ‘Killing In The Name’ claim the Christmas Number One spot ahead of the show’s winner Joe McElderry and his single ‘The Climb’.


Rage Against The Machine later described the victory as a victory over a “very sterile pop monopoly”.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana‘s seminal album ‘Nevermind’, which was originally released in 1991 and featured ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ as its opening track.


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