...so said some hippy refusenik or other. And in doing so he accurately summed up the passing of one year to the next and marked the fact that now is the time for us - like a set of miniature monkeys with a set of miniature cymbals - to hand out awards, to sarcastically post pictures of Phil Collins with an Oscar and, most important of all, to make lists.
In that spirit, then, I bring you a basic idea for the first ever 'Over Awards', wherein we will hope to find whether mildly un-enthusing consensus will be followed (I'm looking at you, Fleet Foxes) or whether we can make a glorious break with tradition and not all vote for what the record company want us to vote for.
To whit, I propose that we decide the 'Spill albums of the year - what I shall slickly call 'The Overview' - in the following way:
With a deadline of the 31st of December, anyone that wants to should compile their top albums of the year, in order of preference, up to a total of ten. Whether you submit three, eight, ten or eighty albums the scoring will remain the same - 10 points for number one, 9 for number two and so on down to 1 point for number ten. Email your list to me via firstname.lastname@example.org (newly minted for the purpose, although too many of you know my true identity already...) and I shall tally all scores and produce a final list as long as may be reasonably typed. I think the system is fair, but am happy to have flaws pointed out in any manner that doesn't involve scoffing.
I think, for the purposes of scope, that the lists should be limited only to 2008 releases (although I will include Bon Iver, Pitchfork aside) but that could include remasters, special editions, best ofs and live shows. To cover those older albums that people may have discovered and loved this year, I am offering everyone the chance to give one 'Overtime Nomination' (this ain't just thrown together, folks) which I will list in the final presentation as an accompaniment to the 2008 selections.
Furthermore, hoping to provide a wider critical snapshot of us lot, I am suggesting that we throw the nominating open to books and films as well. These are entirely optional categories and could be widened beyond 2008 to include those works that have most defined your year. Here I reckon we should stick to top threes and see what happens. It may not work but the chance of having an Overwrite and an Overact category was just too much to resist...
Lastly, please feel free to submit ideas/winners for any other award you fancy and lets just see where it all goes, shall we? My aim will be to post all the awards over the first few days of 2009, so be sure to get your vote in soon otherwise it'll just be my list and do you really want to see that set in stone forever more as our collective opinion? Trust me on this one, you probably don't...
Anyway its Christmas, what else are you gong to do?