Dave Grohl pledges his support to Rage Against The Machine in ‘X Factor’ chart battle

'I'm all for it,' he says, before admitting he'll be buying a copy of 'Killing In The Name'

Dave Grohl has said he’ll be buying a copy of Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing In The Name’ this week to try and help the song get to Number One ahead of The X Factor winner Joe McElderry on Sunday (December 20).

The 1992 song is currently in a chart battle with McElderry‘s single ‘The Climb’ after over 800,000 people joined a Facebook group registering their disgust with Simon Cowell and The X Factor.

Grohl told Tom Russell on 96.3 Rock Radio that he first became aware of the campaign after a garage worker mentioned it to him while he was travelling up the M6.

“I’m paying for my sandwich and he said, ‘Are you gonna buy the Rage Against The Machine single this week? And I said, ‘Yeah I think I might have to!” he said.

Speaking of why the campaign is proving so popular, Grohl said he thinks people are “sick” of reality TV programmes like The X Factor.

“There’s some music that I question its intention,” he explained. “When people rise up and decide, ‘Hey man, I’m sick of this, let’s derail this other thing for something real’ I’m all for it.”

He also praised ‘Killing In The Name’ as a song with a powerful meaning.

“I think that maybe what’s happening now with the Rage Against The Machine thing, is people are really craving the warts and all,” Grohl explained. “And that song is just an incredible song, and it’s meaningful. Maybe they’re craving something that actually means something?”

‘Killing In The Name’ recently became the bookies’ favourite to bag the Christmas Number One slot.

Simon Cowell has slammed the campaign, calling it “stupid”, “cynical” and “very Scrooge“. Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello has publicly given the campaign his backing.

For more on The X Factor and its effect on British music, get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands nationwide, for an exclusive interview with Cowell.