Sunday, April 5, 2020

CD Cup Part II

Following on from some of the discussions we had during the Virtual First Thursday, I have a bit more of a clue about the form the CD Cup will take.

Round 1 … I have 18 names … this will correspond to 8 ties … 6 of these will be head to head, the other two will be two groups of 3, with only the winner going forward.

Jocky has selected the theme which we will use for the first two rounds, and the theme is 'Guilty Pleasures' … so songs which you like even though you perhaps shouldn't. It is going to be very hard to enforce any ruling about what constitutes a guilty pleasure, so it will be left entirely up to you.

We're thinking of running this up during a series of weekly events on Thursday nights.

For Round 1, there will be two or three sessions … one a week.

Contestants will be given an alias and pitched against each other at random … you will have to trust me to do this fairly.

So in the first leg, I will ask for songs in from the first group of competitors for Wednesday evening … please be prompt because then I will put them in a YouTube playlist, or write a post here with links to the tracks … so all tracks have to be available on YouTube. This list will then be sent to everyone, and people can listen ahead of the Thursday evening virtual meeting should they wish.

On the Thursday evening, we will have a meeting, probably over zoom where we will all listen to the tracks, and comment on them … probably via text chat … we will each have to play the tracks on our own devices.  We can then express our votes (a score out of 5 … decimals permitted) either during the meeting, or separately via email.

The winners will be then decided on the outcomes of those votes …

I think that is the basis of a plan … comments welcome.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

CD Cup

Strange times we find ourselves in … hopefully members of the CD Consortium can find a way of making a CD cup work.

As will be evident, I have been somewhat remiss in keeping this site up to date … we are now on CD27 and the last CD on here was CD18!

Anyway, maybe this site could be used as a hub for our up-and-coming CD Cup?

I imagine that links to YouTube videos of the head-to-head tracks could be posted here … we could do with working out a voting mechanism though … anyway … watch this space.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

CD 19 - Theme Announcement ...

Theme Announcement:

I'm not going to launch it just yet, but Pete has decided that the theme for the next CD will be ...
Be creative! Or not. I wouldn't blame anyone for putting on a Queen track ... even though they've been on before.

CD 18: 18ve Results

CD18 - Results In a dramatic late climb up the table Pete Hodgson secured a few 12 pointers and has ended up being the winner … again!

So Pete H scored 97 points with PJ Harvey’s The Whores Hustle and The Hustlers Whore. Incidentally, this track also gets the Marmite award for either being loved or hated.

In second place we have Pete K whose Modern Love by The Courteeners scored 91 points, having been ahead in the voting for most of the time scores were coming in, right up until the last deciding sheet.

Third place goes to Katja who chose Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) by Buzzcocks scoring 87 points.

We wouldn’t want for two of the Petes to be in the medals without the third Pete getting something, so thankfully, Pete Q showed spookily accurate insight into guessing who put on what, getting 9 correct (including his own). If his IT skills were slightly better, I’d suspect him of hacking into my files!

And now, the not so pleasant part of the awards … the Wooden Spoon. What to say? A few tracks flirted with the bottom spot, but in the end, Sam’s The World Spins by Julee Cruise proved to be just a bit too slow and long for most people’s taste, and scored 24 points. Perhaps too many points to fully claim the ‘Why Did You Even Bother’ award.

Howard and Katja were the only people to avoid detection this time, with no-one pegging them for their respective tracks, and this being despite Howard having put on a Tom Waits track in the past!

Franck gets the ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’ award and was picked out 7 times. Jasper was much improved in this regard, this time round and was only picked out twice.

Simon and Jim were each picked out 6 times, just once less than Franck.

Thanks all for another memorable CD.

CD Club #18 - l8ve
Track No. Title Artist Chosen By
1 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses Nick 49
2 Another Nail In My Heart Squeeze Simon 67
3 Your Love Frankie Knuckles Jim 45
4 Strangers Sigrid Bob 72
5 I Drove All Night Roy Orbison Allan 35
6 Modern Love The Courteeners Pete K 91
7 Ring Of Fire Eric Burdon & The Animals Mick L 33
8 All Of Me John Legend Jasper 43
9 Willow Tree Tom Speight Pete Q 32
10 For Me Formidable Charles Aznavour Franck 29
11 I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You Tom Waits Howard 52
12 Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) Buzzcocks Katja 87
13 Spread Your Love Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Kate 58
14 I Don't Know Why I Love You House Of Love Chris 79
15 Strict Machine Goldfrapp Rob 77
16 The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore PJ Harvey Pete H 97
17 Gay Pirates Cosmo Jarvis Neil 74
18 The World Spins Julee Cruise Sam 24

CD 18 - 18ve - Track Listing

Track No. Title Artist
1 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses
2 Another Nail In My Heart Squeeze
3 Your Love Frankie Knuckles
4 Strangers Sigrid
5 I Drove All Night Roy Orbison
6 Modern Love The Courteeners
7 Ring Of Fire Eric Burdon & The Animals
8 All Of Me John Legend
9 Willow Tree Tom Speight
10 For Me Formidable Charles Aznavour
11 I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You Tom Waits
12 Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) Buzzcocks
13 Spread Your Love Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
14 I Don't Know Why I Love You House Of Love
15 Strict Machine Goldfrapp
16 The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore PJ Harvey
17 Gay Pirates Cosmo Jarvis
18 The World Spins Julee Cruise

Saturday, December 2, 2017

CD 18 - Theme Announcement

It's been a while coming, but perhaps the oldest and most used theme of all songs it coming to the CD consortium - LOVE

CD 17 - SPIR17UAL17Y - Results

And the winner of Best Track is …

*dramatic pause*

*needless further pause*

*really annoying extended pause* 

Pete Hodgson’s track Closer To Fine by Indigo Girls with a score of 120 points! This is quite some score. Congratulations Pete on a first time win – you’d best get thinking of the next theme.

In silver medal position is Allan with Take Me To Church by Hozier, which scored 98 points.

Bronze goes to Katja for God Song by Bad Religion, scoring 90 points.

Shall we get the wooden spoon out of the way? This isn’t going to do his persecution complex any good at all because the winner of the wooden spoon is, once again, Jasper with Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna which managed to score only 18 points. To be fair, it was a strong field.

Jasper was also picked out the most times with 12 people correctly identifying his track. Also, it must be borne in mind that this is out of 14 people who had a go at saying who put on what. Although, to be fair, there was a small element of surprise in Jasper’s track selection because as soon as the theme was announced, most people seemed to think that he would go for Like A Prayer by Madonna, so maybe that’s what foxed the two people who didn’t identify him?

The cloak and dagger award for avoiding detection completely is shared between three people this time round, Simon, Howard and Allan.

So on to who guessed who …

Well we have three joint winners in this. Neil, Rob and Mick Lewus, identifying 7 contributors correctly (including themselves).
CD Club #17 - SPIR17UAL17YAwards
Track No.TitleArtistChosen ByPosition
1Personal JesusDepeche ModeKate618
2Motorcycle EmptinessManic Street PreachersNick677
3Papa Don't PreachMadonnaJasper1418
4Jesus He Knows MeGenesisFranck559
5What The Hell Is It This Time?SparksChris3813
6Angel Of LondonTenshedsHoward726
7Closer To FineIndigo GirlsPete H1201
8Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)Monsters Of FolkPete Q2417
9God SongBad ReligionKatja903
10Happiness Is Just A Chant AwayChumbawambaNeil2716
11ReligionPublic Image Limited (Kid Loco Remix)Jim3813
12BodhisattvaSteely DanMick L4611
13God & SatanBiffy ClyroSimon874
14Destroying AngelSneaker PimpsRob5010
15Drops Of JupiterTrainBob4312
16Soldier Boys And Jesus FreaksNoel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsPete K775
17Take Me To ChurchHozierAllan982
18HaloDepeche ModeSam3715

CD 17 - SPIR17UAL17Y - Track List

I've been a bit slack in updating the blog with information relating to CD 17 - so first things first, here's the track list ...

Track No. TitleArtist
1 Personal Jesus Depeche Mode
2 Motorcycle Emptiness Manic Street Preachers
3 Papa Don't Preach Madonna
4 Jesus He Knows Me Genesis
5 What The Hell Is It This Time? Sparks
6 Angel Of London Tensheds
7 Closer To Fine Indigo Girls
8 Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) Monsters Of Folk
9 God Song Bad Religion
10 Happiness Is Just A Chant Away Chumbawamba
11 Religion Public Image Limited (Kid Loco Remix)
12 Bodhisattva Steely Dan
13 God & Satan Biffy Clyro
14 Destroying Angel Sneaker Pimps
15 Drops Of Jupiter Train
16 Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
17 Take Me To Church Hozier
18 Halo Depeche Mode

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SPIT17UAL17Y - My Track Considerations

OK - there are a few tracks I was considering for the CD (as always) and some I would like to share even though they didn't make it in the end.

First is Great Dreams Of Heaven by Ian Mcnabb:

Well this would have qualified for several reasons - firstly, it's got 'heaven' in the title, but then it's a list song (which was a possible theme), and also mentions 'football' and so would have qualified for the last theme too. It was written several years ago, but some of the phrases resonate and relevant in today's uneasy international times.

Then Just Like Heaven by The Cure:

No further explanation needed for this one really - great track.

Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones

I've not listened to this live version but embedding of the album track has been disabled (the one I tried to link). This is one of my favourite Stones tracks - I'm not a mega-fan but I love this song. Listening now as I type this, it doesn't quite have the same quality as the album track which builds really nicely. It was probably the first track that came to mind when the theme was announced.

Don't Look Down - The Divine Comedy

I came so so close to putting this track on the CD. Firstly anything by 'The Divine Comedy' would obviously qualify for the theme. Secondly, they are probably still my favourite band. Thirdly, this is on of my favourites of theirs and exemplary of the kind of song which made me love the band in the first place. Fourthly and by no means least importantly, it contains a bit of a poke at established Christian views of God and religion - and then there's the ominous warning at the very end 'DON'T LOOK DOWN'.

Other notable mentions are:

Godless by The Dandy Warhols

Demon In Profile - The Afghan Whigs

American Jesus - Bad Religion

Sunday, September 10, 2017

CD 16 - Musica1 6ames - Results

CD Club #16 - MUSICA1 6AMES
Track No.
Chosen By
Out Of The Blue
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
La Copa de la Vida
Ricky Martin
Chris Rea
Go Insane
Lindsey Buckingham
Pete H
Tour De France
The Distance
Coney Island Baby
Lou Reed
Mick L
Stars Of Track And Field
Belle & Sebastian
Snow Patrol
Waka Waka
Two Door Cinema Club
Chelsea Dagger
The Fratellis
My Body
Young The Giant
Mc Enroe's Poetry
The Body Of An American
The Pogues
Pete Q
Heavyweight Champion Of The World
Reverend And The Makers
Pete K
Nessun Dorma

Congratulations go to Neil for the best track of CD 16 The Distance by Cake with a score of 113 points.

Second place goes to Bob for Gameshow by Two Door Cinema Club scoring 94 points and just pipping Simon’s Nightswimming by CD club regulars R.E.M. which scored 93 points.

Shall we just get the wooden spoon out of the way? Well it was Jim with Out Of The Blue by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. At least it scored 13 points. Just one point behind La Copa De La Vida making this possibly one of the least favoured opening two tracks in the history of the CD Consortium.

On to ‘who put on what’ and Pete H looked set to return to form guessing, 6 contributors correctly, alongside Pete K (is this a Pete thing? *checks Pete Q* *sees score of 5* maybe it is!) but then a last-minute dip at the finish line saw Neil edge to victory, correctly identifying 7 contributors! So, a double victory for Neil.

Unsurprisingly, Pete ‘anything with a mandolin or by the Pogues or both’ Quin was picked out the most times (8). This means that there are 5 guessers who still haven’t sussed out Pete’s tastes? What’s wrong with you people? Also, what’s wrong with the people who didn’t guess that it was Katja who put on ‘Tour De France’ by the German group Kraftwerk who Katja went to watch this summer, and who also went to watch the start of the ‘Tour de France’?

Avoiding detection completely this time round were: Sam, Rob and Pete K.