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Sunday 18 February 2018

Biffy Clyro fans in chart push bid

Biffy Clyro fans are campaigning to get them to number one
Biffy Clyro fans are campaigning to get them to number one

Biffy Clyro fans are hoping to whip up a campaign to get the rock trio to number one to beat X Factor winner Matt Cardle's cover of one of their songs.

Matt is aiming for the Christmas number one with his version of When We Collide, which he played on last night's final.

The track was written and originally recorded by the Mercury Prize-nominated rock act under the title Many Of Horror.

Now Biffy fans have established a Facebook campaign to get the band's version to the top of the charts. They say it is to recognise their "creativity", rather than as an anti-X Factor protest.

The campaign organisers wrote: "At first I was delighted to hear that Biffy, my favourite band, were so highly thought of in the mainstream. Then I started to think, why should Cardle get a Christmas number one after rocking up to an X-Factor audition?

"Biffy Clyro have been working hard as a band for many years now and, in my opinion, haven't yet achieved the recognition they deserve."

Almost 18,000 people had signed up to the campaign in just a matter of hours. Organisers added: "So rather than this being about 'sticking it to Cowell' or whatever - this is about recognising the original artist for their creativity."

Whatever the success of the efforts to get the original to top the charts, it will mean a huge boost to the profile of Scots trio Biffy Clyro.

The band - led by heavily tattooed frontman Simon Neil - first came together 15 years ago. The line-up also includes brothers Ben and James Johnston.

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