~120 ~140 ~150 records in the poll (including a few duplicates). And the voting page is ready for your attention.
How it works:
- You'll be shown two records, at random.
- Many of the records have links to pages where you can listen to them (or songs from them, or Amazon previews, etc).
- Many will show cover art, many don't.
- If a record doesn't have a link or artwork, an 'update links' option will appear and you can add a link / artwork link, if you want.
- Each will have a
'Best''Better' button underneath. Click the one you like best.
- A 'Better' counts as a win for the record you choose and a loss for the other.
- If you truly can't decide, click 'Tie'. Ties count in the ranking.
- If you don't have an opinion, you can 'Skip'. Skips don't count for anything, and are not recorded.
- Vote as much as you like. The more, the better, in fact.
- I'll leave this up until
November 1stOctober 10th or we get 10,00014,000 votes: whichever comes first. Submissions are still open, if you still want to submit records. I'll leave it open till Monday PM.Submissions are closed!
So... Here's The Voting Form !
Vote early. Vote often.
(It's actually kindof addictive)
OMG — first pairing I am given is “Perspex Island” vs. “Rust Never Sleeps”…
i’m kindof surprised at how many of these i don’t know.
wow, 500 votes in 4 hours.
There’s a lot of Elvis in the list and I haven’t even seen the one I added.
Should the buttons say ” Best” or “Better”?
yeah, ‘Better’ sounds better.
…but by the same token, “Best” sounds best.
Flattened by mobile phone battery doing this. On the laptop now.
I haven’t seen any Elvis yet!
PHP’s random number generator definitely has its favorites.
Ahhh … Elvis COSTELLO. ha ha. Yes, plenty.
Only one Beatles album though. No Revolver? No White Album?
Three New Order albums though! (one is mine).
i was on the fence with Abbey Road, but it didn’t make the cut – plus, i figured someone else would have it.
Jesus, I can’t stop.
up to 1700+ votes already. maybe i’ll raise that 5000 vote limit a bit.
Am I really going to spend my entire Saturday evening doing this?
Looks like it.
dude. wow. that’s a lot of clicking!
My hand hurts and my wife is giving me funny looks.
there’s no rush!
Woo-hoo! Got my chance to vote for acoustic Dylan over electric Dylan!
(Specifically for Bob Dylan over Blood on the Tracks — which God knows BotT would win out over any number of records that were not by Bob Dylan.)
If you could add an “add artwork url” button on the albums that don’t have it, we could have art for all of them in no time. It just annoys me every time I see my #1 come up without art (even though I included it).
your #1 was a duplicate and i stupidly turned on the other entry, which didn’t have any art on it. fixed!
i’ll investigate an ‘add art’ page. sounds like work, tho.
Thanks! As long as my whining doesn’t cost it any already accumulated votes.
ok. now an ‘update links’ link will appear if either the link or the artwork is missing.
ok… now the ‘update links’ thing will always appear.
There’s no Rush because they’re Glibertarian Randian pompous fools and we all know it. The amazing guitar could NEVER make for the embarrassing lyrics.
.. And I wish there was a link to provide context to some of the more obscure albums.
i bought three of these records today.
Which ones? Tell us after the voting is done is you’re afraid of influencing results.
I’ve been away and off the grid all weekend but now it is time to fire it up!
I see a clutch of new records and a counter. Lush!
I just pushed the voting over 5,000.
And I voted 100 times in just a few minutes so I hate to think how many votes I cast last night!
How do you know? Is mine the only UK IP address in your logs? :)
i logged IPs when you submitted your list. and i log the IP on every vote.
SELECT count(*) FROM … JOIN ON ….
you probably had more than that, if you were using your phone. there are tons of votes from people who didn’t submit anything, and/or people at different computers from when they submitted.
Yeh, I did quite a few on my phone.
I also click ‘Skip’ a lot. Probably between 10 and 20% have been skipped as I didn’t know both records.
I mentioned it on a b-j music thread, but it was only once and I think it was late evening on the east coast.
I mentioned it on FB and a couple fegmaniax friends liked.
I had a copy of the ‘Harder They Come’ soundtrack buried in a box of CDs in my garage. I dug it out this morning and bloody hell … it’s good!
This IS addictive. I’ve seen many I wish I had chosen on my list so I have actually voted for them over my own. And there are several I need to get now after taking a listen. So thanks for that everyone!
Will we eventually be able to see everyone’s list with names attached, because I am really curious (though I think I can guess whose they are on many of them)?
I’ve seen many I wish I had chosen on my list so I have actually voted for them over my own.
and yep, there will be a big data dump at the end of this.
How did I get this far in life without ever actually hearing the Holy Modal Rounders? Fantastic!
I felt the same way when I found out about them a couple years ago. (My intro to them came by way of a friend I met on the Robyn Hitchcock fanclub mailing list.)
Thanks for keeping the submissions open; I crammed ten in there, pretty much in alphabetical order by artist, knowing that I should have agonized over it more.
Boy, it’s tough when two of your own go head-to-head.
‘tie’ comes in handy, in those situations.
Apparently my favorite album is “Skip.”
i’m sure “Skip” would place pretty highly.
More new additions (including Revolver) and we’re fast approaching 10,000. I think Cleek should bring the closing date forward.
submissions are closed. and i just bumped the vote cap up to 14,000.
we’ll be there in a few days, probably. but i wanted to give recent additions a good shot.
What’s really frustrating is when you get a pairing like Hüsker Dü and Coltrane. I love them both, but I would no more have thought to compare them with each other than I would compare them with any other random object stamped out of aluminum.
I like the fact that you encoded the matchups to make it more difficult to hack. You know your audience!
I hope I’m not being graded on consistency. I may be forming a rock/paper/scissors strange loop with some of these matchups.
I like the fact that you encoded the matchups to make it more difficult to hack.
i tried to do a lot more than what you see now, just for fun. but, PHP and my own impatience held me back.
I may be forming a rock/paper/scissors strange loop with some of these matchups.
you’re not alone there.
Forget strange loops, I would guess that I’ve seen identical match ups come up and voted different ways. I try not to think about the albums too deeply and just go with a gut reaction.
Yeh, me too.
Someone’s added ‘Wish You Were Here’. I could kill them. I love that record and it came up against one of mine and I wanted to cry.
Me three. I take as evidence that at different times of the day, or given a different set of stimuli, I prefer some albums to others.
Someone must of stopped at that point and grinned.
We’re not that far from 12,345.
we can doo eeet!
i hereby claim 12345
Should “Greatest Hits” albums even count?
sure. these are personal ‘favorites’.
anybody want to make predictions for the top 5 ?
No predictions, but if I may get a little meta I was shocked by the absence of The Who.
I had gone through my itunes library, made a quick list 35+ albums, and then didn’t save the list. With hours to go before the first deadline I opened the form and just typed in the first ten that sprung into my mind with no thought to ordering or what I was omitting. Prepared naïveté. Beginner’s mind after study.
What’s shocking isn’t how many of the albums in the list were in my original list, it’s how many would have been had I thought of them. And of course how many more I wish I could have added. I could have easily filled all 150 slots with my top ten.
I also find it weird when the not best album by a group I love pops up. Parallel Lines? Really? The first album, with Rip Her to Shreds is the obvious choice for Blondie (no matter how much I love their cover of Hangin’ on the Telephone.) Sandinista! for The Clash? Are you people on drugs?
 OK, one prediction. Coltrane. Nobody wants to vote that Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend is the better album, even though it totally is.
Yes. Yes we are.