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Biffy Clyro fine with, but not massively keen on, X-Factor

By | Published on Wednesday 15 December 2010

Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has said that he doesn’t want his band “to be too closely associated” with ‘X-Factor’ after their song ‘Many Of Horror’ was covered by the show’s winner Matt Cardle as his first single. Neil said he hopes “it doesn’t impact on the [original] song too much” but that “no one is too pissed off about it”.

He told Kerrang!: “We don’t want to be too closely associated with [‘X-Factor’]. That being said, I think when you look at the classic songs they have used in the past, like Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ for example, it hasn’t really affected my take on that song. I still think the Jeff Buckley version is the best. The same goes for when David Bowie let them use ‘Heroes’ this year. So I’m hoping it doesn’t impact on the song too much”.

He added: “But you know, it’s too fucking surreal and subversive to possibly be made up! It’s very surreal to think about our music being used on prime time British TV like that. I just hope no one is too pissed off about it”.