Señor Grumblecakes (jervo) wrote,
Señor Grumblecakes

iPod war #2: the soliciting

It's Tuesday afternoon and I'm bored. So it's time for another iPod war. Here's how this will work: you hit shuffle on your iPod, write down the first 10 songs you come up with, and submit them here, where they'll be screened (including mine). I'll put up everybody's lists tomorrow AM, and then the warring begins. And don't hesitate to spread the word to your other, non-jervo iPod friends, as I'm all about whoring out.

I've been debating how the criteria should work; I've also been thinking of doing a points-based system, but with results unique to each voter. The way I figure, this is a completely ridiculous thing to be doing anyway, so we might as well make the voting procedure ridiculous as well.

Scoring will be something like:

Objective Criteria
5 points if a song contains any non-traditional instrument (i.e., horn/string sections for bands that don't ordinarily feature those instruments)*
5 bonus points for each decade in the list
5 points for each different genre represented
10 points if two consecutive songs are in the same key
-5 points for showtunes
5 points for non-English lyrics (although "ba ba ba" doesn't count)
5 points for instrumentals

Subjective Criteria
5 points for a song you (the voter, not the submitter) own
10 points for a song you like and don't own
-5 points for song you don't like

The idea this time around is to have as varied a list as possible, and to make the voting process somewhat personal. If your iPod only features Pitchfork's best new albums for the last 2 years, you will probably lose.

* This is potentially tricky, but also could be cool. For example, Genesis and Jethro Tull's use of flute does not count, as Peter Gabriel played flute a lot and Jethro Tull wouldn't exist without it. Likewise, any James Brown song wouldn't get extra points for having a horn section. Sufjan Stevens, however, renders this argument completely moot, so maybe it's not such a great idea. If you can find a better way to incorporate the concept of extra credit for having non-traditional instrumentation, be my guest.

If you have comments or ideas, feel free to send 'em; I'll unscreen those comments, obviously, so everyone can discuss.
Tags: ipod war

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