When we’re on our death beds I somehow doubt that the biggest regret arriving to mind will be “I wish I’d spent more time dicking about on Twitter”. But in the meantime, words (and thus the music) continue to flow in enticing patterns, and all is well with the world. What began as a disposable conversation debating the merits of the Cure back catalogue quickly snowballed into a scientifically-calibrated hive mind discourse that carried on long into the night.
The science bit: votes solicited on a favourite four basis. And by excluding compilations, live records and (bizarrely) a couple of preferences expressed for Mixed Up, the very much of it’s time remix album, Twitter says the following:
I’ve long held the view that the band should have called it a day in 1989, with the rain-soaked cadences of Disintegration standing as a natural point of conclusion. There’s an argument somewhere on this blog (use the search function) that 2000’s Bloodflowers is an understated, occasionally beautiful record well worth revisiting, but it doesn’t compare to the 79-89 arc in terms of depth or drama (number of votes for Bloodflowers: zero). And whilst wishing they’d split isn’t a universally held opinion (although I’m happy to continue the debate), I wasn’t especially surprised that the first eight albums Three Imaginary Boys to Disintegration – dominated the voting (my selections – Pornography, then Kiss Me x3, then Faith, then Disintegration; and no, I didn’t fiddle the votes like a shopkeeper diddling the small change). The top four received three times as many nods of approval as the rest: as I mentioned last night, Twitter is very wise.
Gonna keep this idea running for a while; there’s some fantastically music-orientated girls and boys on the Twitters these days amongst the spammers, drama queens and music journalists ironically cackling away at each other because they’re so fucking clever. This weeks theme: your favourite albums by Scottish artists – which should get the brain cells thinking, such is the wealth to chose from. Send me your top four (in order of preference) by 8pm, Sunday 27th, either in the comments or at @lazerguidedblog – and I’ll announce the breakdown soon after.
PS: Come on Mogwai.