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Jarvis Cocker's anti-Establishment song climbs the charts

A CAMPAIGN to catapult Jarvis Cocker’s Running the World single to Christmas number one is gathering steam in a “small rebellion” against the Tory election landslide.

The 2006 song by Pulp’s frontman is an anti-Establishment satire of upper-class attitudes to the working class.

Its catchy chorus, “c***s are still running the world,” is followed by: “In theory I respect your right to exist/I will kill you if you move in next to me.”

A Facebook group started by “a couple of lefty musicians” to push the tune up the charts has already reached over 20,000 members in just four days.

Speaking about the song’s relevance following Labour’s defeat, campaign co-founder Michael James Hall told the Morning Star: “So many people are so disheartened and the left feels fragmented and divided. This song unites all reasonable human beings under a simple banner of good humour, hating Tories and wanting our voices heard.”

Mr Hall said that the Pulp frontman was “surprised but seemed genuinely pleased” by the campaign.

Mr Cocker and his label Rough Trade are now “fully on board” and will donate all the proceeds to homeless charity Shelter.

At the time the Star went to print, Running the World was already number one on 7Digital and number three on iTunes.

Mr Hall said that topping the charts would be a “small rebellion” against the election result but “won’t change the way things are.”

“That work begins with campaigning, protesting and pushing against the Tories once we’ve got this number one in the bag!” 

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