VRZ Robotz wrote:Polishgirl wrote:I completely dig that. I don't want lists that are up their own arses with cleverness and obscurityness, just because they think that'll win them more votes from the BCB glitterati.
I want lists like Nick's; lists that tell me something about the compiler and what s/he likes,- lists that come from the heart, not the head, if you will ( cue sound of violins playing). Seriously. I don't need to be impressed; I need to be entertained and enlightened about the person behind the selection.
I think that the notion that a more obscure list will win more votes is hysterical. It tends to work the other way unless a list is very, very narrow.
But what I really want to take issue with is this idea that more obvious lists are more heartfelt. Did it ever occur to you that a lot of music you consider clever and obscure might be comfort food for the person making the list? Maybe they are trying to tell you something about themselves?
Personally I see the cup as a time to shine the light on a few songs I love that don't get a lot of attention here. Is that less personal than regurgitating the BCB canon slightly differently each year?
I wasn't saying that. What I SAID was "I don't want lists that are up their own arses with cleverness and obscurityness, just because they think that'll win them more votes from the BCB glitterati."
It's great to listen to a list and find something new that I wouldn't otherwise be aware of. It's the JUST BECAUSE bit that's integral to what I was saying. I didn't say that the obvious ones are more heartfelt. Nick's wasn't obvious,imho; it was a list that I enjoyed because it included stuff I knew and stuff I didn't, but it hung together well and felt authentic. It's the way I perceive the motivation behind the track choices. It's always going to be subjective; that's how it works.
There's really no need to start wringing your hands about hysterical notions.
My other issue with the Cup - and this again is a personal one- there are so many contestants at the outset and I just don't have the time to listen to every track I don't know on every list and/or how those tracks hang together when taken as a whole. That's why I didn't vote in the first round.