X-rated Jarvis Cocker song tipped for Christmas number one in anti-Boris Johnson protest

Sheffield music icon Jarvis Cocker could be in line for an unlikely Christmas number one hit – with an X-rated song in a protest against Boris Johnson.

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 10:15 am
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 3:52 pm

The Pulp frontman’s 2006 solo single Running The World has been widely shared on Facebook since last Thursday’s General Election with groups set up encourage fans to stream and download the song in a bid to propel it to the top of the festive charts this Friday.

But if you think the song is a festive favourite with references to snow, partying and having fun, you’d be sadly mistaken.

For while its title is simply Running The World, the full X-rated lyrics are being shared to voice voters’ displeasure at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative landslide victory.

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Could Jarvis Cocker land the Christmas number one?

The song has become an anthem for those unhappy with the result thanks to lyrics which criticise political leaders. “If you thought things had changed / Friend, you’d better think again / Bluntly put, in the fewest of words: / C**** are still running the world.”

The campaign on social media – set up by St. Etienne co-founder Bob Stanley – is trying to get the song to Number 1 in time for Christmas.

The Facebook group, ‘Fancy Getting “C**** Are Still Running The World” to UK Xmas No.1?’ has quickly gathered pace with ‘Running The World’ now already close to the Top 40.

Jarvis hasn’t publically backed the campaign which is the latest in a long-line of campaigns to get unusual and sometimes not so festive songs to the top spot.

But he faces a strong challenge from YouTube star LadBaby who is eyeing up a second consecutive Christmas number one.

Last year, he claimed the Christmas Number 1 single with ‘We Built This City’.

Dad blogger Mark Hoyle together with his wife Roxanne and their two sons recorded their own version of Starship’s 1985 hit, ‘We Built This City’, as an ode to sausage rolls – rather than rock and roll. All proceeds from the song went to food bank charity The Trussell Trust.

And this year, he has followed up the theme with I Love Sausage Rolls, a pastry themed take on the Joan Jett song I Love Rock And Roll.