Seventy albums nominated this week, you lot voting for your favourite four. Alas no recommendations for Danni “dingoes ate my talent” Minouge; in fact, pop came out of this survey distinctly under-represented – which probably says something about the demographics of my Twitter timeline than anything else, the point being that there’s nothing scientific about these Twitter Hive Mind things; if that were the case, the album at #1 would be buried way down the list. Instead, it’s all about discussion, and perhaps even discovery; social media is fantastic is a music context for nudging the listener toward previously undiscovered sound. In other words, I’m writing this summary whilst listening to Goolutionites And The Real People by Tamam Shud. An LP I’m very much digging.
And as for the vote itself: last week I joked that this would all rapidly descend into discovering our favourite Nick Cave record. And yes, in the top ten below, we’ve found it. Only such is the breadth of the back catalogue that votes were diluted across many records. Same for The Church, and same for The Go-Betweens – which means that a record such as Kick, by INXS, scored far more points than arguably superior albums – Gold Afternoon Fix by The Church, for example – by virtue of being the only INXS album nominated.
Full list of nominations in the comments. The top ten:
|1||Back In Black||by||AC/DC|
|2||Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express||by||The Go-Betweens|
|3||Since I Left You||by||The Avalanches|
|4||The Boatman’s Call||by||Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds|
|5||Spring Hill Fair||by||The Go-Betweens|
|6||16 Lovers Lane||by||The Go-Betweens|
|8||Priest = Aura||by||The Church|
|9||(I’m) Stranded||by||The Saints|
|10||Born Sandy Devotional||by||The Triffids|
At least eight “must-haves” in that little collection. Unfortunately I’m devoid of a soul, thus Back In Black really doesn’t do it for me; I’m genuinely surprised that it’s #1. But Twitter has spoken, and until I start rigging the results of these, Fresh! by Gina G will have to be consigned to the midden of popular culture.
Thanks for all your nominations. Next week’s vote, and as we’re approaching the time when everyone and their granny starts compiling 2013-related lists, it’s Twitter favourite resissued LP of 2013. Just the one vote needed – either in the comments, or at @lazerguidedblog. It’ll be High Land, Hard Rain, I suspect.