Martin from the Libations has just emailed me. It appears that the Youtube video of Caledonia was hacked causing all sorts of problems.Here is what he says about it on the Facebook page:
"On Monday, the day after we made it into the Scottish top 40, The Libations appear to have come under a malicious cyber attack by an unknown party. Our Facebook page was suddenly beset by around 1000 mysterious new followers from around the world and simultaneously our YouTube video was swamped with views from a bot attack breaching youtube rules, causing Youtube to automatically remove the video breaking all links on media and social networks and resetting views and comments.
"This appears to have been a sophisticated effort to remove our video and prevent Caledonia being seen and shared. The mind boggles!
"We have appealed to youtube and await the video being restored - they were just following standard procedure to prevent synthetic boost of viewing figures and were therefore as much a victim of this attack as us.
"We're hurt and frankly a bit frightened by this episode so we simply want to put it behind us.
"Please keep spreading the word needed to get this record to the top of the charts."
OK. Martin has made it very clear that he doesn't want this (instead of food banks) to become the story.
Inasmuch as it matters what I think, I agree with him.
Some people whine and make a fuss when things go wrong. Others repair the damage and get on with doing what they are doing. The Libations are in the second category.
You have to wonder quietly to yourself, though, who the hell would want to damage the success of a charity record? Someone who likes to see kids starve?
Anyway, in accordance with the Libations' wishes, we'll move on.
Although Youtube refused to reinstate the original video with its thousands of views, likes and comments, the guys have reuploaded it.
I think it would be nice if we could visit the page, like, and if possible, comment.
For those who are visiting here for the first time, the song has been released to raise money for Food Banks in Scotland. Over a thousand pounds has already been donated, and there will be more to come.
As Martin said, the song charted at #16 just before the cyber attack.