Thursday, November 12, 2009

I found the A list!



I'm so fecked off i had to hit something..
being a pacifist a drum was the best bet...
and then I hit Publish POST...
sorry for ruining the VIM suprise A list...
but this is obviously it:


Got My Egusi
Walk And Skank
Wicked & Weird

Walkie Talkie
Into The Groovey
Madder

Dr Umz
Heart It Races - DJ Rupture's Ital Hymn Mix Featuring Mr Lee G
Tsbodze Moto
Believe

39 comments:

DarceysDad said...

PaulMac's Vim A-list is here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/12/readers-recommend-vim-songs

*SIGH! ... grump*

goneforeign said...

Hope so, nice to see a piece of southern African, probably Zimbabwe, on there, I suspect May.

CaroleBristol said...

F*cking Wacko Jacko again.

Shit list.

Makinavaja said...

Anyone else got the feeling that our new guru seems to be more interested in volume of posts than in the quality of the noms and the subsequent lists? Just asking...

DarceysDad said...

Well there's no denying I'm absolutely baffled by half of that Ten, or specifically what PaulMac sees in them that isn't exponentially more evident in some of the songs that missed out.

saneshane said...

OH dear..

didn't think my post would go up when the real A list appeared!!! sorry if I've confused anyone.. just wanted 10 tracks for steen to listen to before midnight as she couldn't decide!

GF .. my track 9 is 'Tsvimbodze Moto'
bizarrely it was a joke.. but the Bhundu Boys lost their 'VIM' when I posted.



is the Guru after 10'000 post each time or does that (the hits) sell well to the advertisers? just a thought - he might not be in control of that side of the big fat cash cow.

Makinavaja said...

Indeed Shane, as editor of Guardian Entertainment, he may even be far more constrained by the cash cow side of things. Conflict of interests? Or maybe only one..

mttm said...

Hear's the so called A list of Vim:
Vim is perhaps a word out of time. It belongs more to a bygone age, maybe the 1920s, when grown men would list their hobbies as "pomade" and "spats". Back then, vim was a wholesome, aspirational quality. In the modern age, "exuberant vigour and energy", as the Collins English dictionary defines vim, is a suspicious quality, either the cause of antisocial behaviour or the effect of too many taurine-based energy beverages.

Perhaps, if you really squinted your eyes and tried hard enough, you could lay the blame for vim's demise at the feet of rock'n'roll. After all, it was a phenomenon that took the bubbling energy of postwar youth, jacked it full of amphetamine and made it sing about sex and fast cars – full of vim in themselves, but likely to cause a massive comedown.

There is no one more vimful than Little Richard, and no better topic for one of the true greats to break his duck in this column. A lot of it is in details; like the way Richard sings "girl named Daisy" the second time around, or his octave-leaping yelps. The same applies to Junior Walker's Roadrunner; it's not especially zippy in terms of tempo, but the saxophones – alto and tenor – are raw and exuberant.

Johnny Dollar has the tempo alright. "I'm gonna lay it on the line/ Because everything I do I wanna do it in doubletime", growls the Texan rockabilly singer. What follows are three minutes of jittering testament to the need for speed, girls and danger.

Sammy Davis Jr released his version of That Old Black Magic in the same year as Tutti Frutti, and he's similarly unrestrained in his vocals ("You gotta put out da fi-yah!"). Prince shares the physical flamboyance of Little Richard, but lots of his early music is also wild with energy. From its mock-gospel introduction onwards, Let's Go Crazy builds a head of steam the Orient Express would struggle to match. The key detail is the final keyboard line on top of the squalling guitars, which suggests everyone is going to heaven Right Now.

The Wedding Present may come from a very different generation to Little Richard and live a world away from Prince, but a traditional rock rhythm provides the bed from which Take Me's nine minutes of frenetic jangling springs forth. The Feelies turn the guitars down a little but up the tempo, introduce kooky harmonies, cowbells and the sounds of cars skidding. Arcade Fire use yelps, trilling guitar and an impatient drum-fill to amp up their mysterious, black hymn.

The Jackson 5 didn't do fast cars and women, but they did do vim. Can You Feel It? never quite clarifies what the "it" is, and you might be inclined to presume it was "peace", but perhaps it's just pure energy, as carried in Michael's vocals, or the crazy, chiming bells. The energies running through B.O.B. spin off in a dozen directions and the song has a BPM count more befitting drum'n'bass. Big Boi and Andre 3000 were, of course, last seen sporting spats and pomade in Idlewild. It seems like they're bringing vim back

saneshane said...

ummmm ...Conflict of an interest... I would feel cheap and used if that really was the case.

goneforeign said...

I hadn't considered the advertisers idea but I did wonder more than once why they were pushing huge lists which I doubt he had time or inclination to listen to. And then there were the posts a couple of weeks back showing how many finalists came from the first 12 hours or so.

DsD said...

Anyone else see anything on RR yet?

You all seemed to get the jump on me last week.

saneshane said...

size rather than quality? possibly GF - but I don't want to be cynical - I just can't avoid work so easily, it crashes my designs if I have RR open at the same time..

new topic anyone - as i can't open it?

steenbeck said...

Nuttin new yet?

Great picture, Shane. Is that Zane?

Mnemonic said...

I can't find it. I'll give up soon and go to bed to sulk

goneforeign said...

I've also wondered why having set midnight, an unusual time, they constantlly are late, is that accidental or policy? It would be the easiest thing in the world to automate it and have it appear at midnight to the second. And why do we keep seeing the list early?

Shoegazer said...

"Songs about Love"














would be my guess.

steenbeck said...

ANybody want to guess at a topic, and we can all start throwing songs out?

lambretinha said...

songs of desperation.. it's up at last...

goneforeign said...

Wouldn't songs about love be wonderful, that'd hit 1000+ in 24 hours!

Mnemonic said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009/nov/12/readers-recommend-desperation-songs

DsD said...

How about "Songs that aren't that good but fit my hidden agenda"?

;o{

steenbeck said...

Thanks Lambretinha.

saneshane said...

yep it's the z-boy steen..

- you know you'll be welcome to stay at our house too (if it ever gets finished).. you so need to tour Europe next summer!!

saneshane said...

'Desperate For Love' Over The Rhine -
DsD for you to post.


'First Few Desperate Hours'The Mountain Goats - shoey the words to this are so visual and poignant - for you to post.

I can't get on even now.


night all!

Anonymous said...

This is Carole - posting from work.

I have to agree with the idea that RR is turning into a comments generating beast.

When I complianed about "Solos" it was the first time I had ever attacked the A list, I've done it again now.

I think the choices are dull, predictable even.

It looks like a going-through-the-motions type of thing these days.

I am not sure i really want to play RR any more.

Think I'll stick to the 'Spill and just post personal lists.

I'll do one over the weekend.

Anonymous said...

This is Carole - posting from work.

I have to agree with the idea that RR is turning into a comments generating beast.

When I complianed about "Solos" it was the first time I had ever attacked the A list, I've done it again now.

I think the choices are dull, predictable even.

It looks like a going-through-the-motions type of thing these days.

I am not sure i really want to play RR any more.

Think I'll stick to the 'Spill and just post personal lists.

I'll do one over the weekend.

Maki from work said...

Hi Carole

Couldn't agree more. Quite likely to be doing the same. Look forward to your list!

Shoegazer said...

Goats is posted over there for you, Shane.

Feel that venting about the A-lists over here, is a bit like griping behind someone's back (did it myself once & upset Maddy). A post or 2 on this over on RR couldn't hurt if you have strong views on the picks.

steenbeck said...

I don't know, I always think that Paul seems genuinely excited about the songs he picks, and that he explains them very well. I know it's disappointing not to get a song in the a-list (I didn't this week, so I hope it's safe for me to say all this). But once the initial sting is over, I usually think, oh, yeah, it is a varied and balanced list. It would be monumentally hard to pick 10 songs out of all the comments, I don't know how anybody does it. And I doubt that Paul reads the 'Spill, so you're not going to hurt his feelings, but you can be pretty sure that there are 'Spillers that got songs in the a-list, so to say that the list has absolutely no value might be hurting theirs. I suppose probably not, but you never know.

And sure "vim" was a broad topic, but it's not something you can google, it's got to be something you feel, and I think those are usually the best topics, right?

ToffeeBoy said...

Well I got my first 'hit' for over six months. Admittedly it was just on the B-List but it was one of my favouritest songs ever, ever - Jonathsn Richman's The Morning Of Our Lives. So I'm not complaining this week.

Shit list though ...

saneshane said...

shoey..
don't know if you think this playlist was a gripe...I'm not worried at all, I put this list up because I read steen couldn't decide what to listen to.. it was a 'while away the time' exercise.

(...and I found out that I'd been shafted for £3000.. so a picture of my son drumming and a vim list seamed like a good way to think of what is important- family, friends- that includes everyone here- and music)

I know people get upset about the lists and I usually keep my mouth shut.. only because I don't really play the same.. what ever the subject.. lets say it's 'Desperate' I'll search my collection.. get 50 tracks and listen throughout the weekend.. honing a cd-r playlist (in the old days) or now a 'spill 10 to 13. it gets put on file.. next to a 'spill file with my fav tunes that you lot post.

I still love the fact that it's a weekly thought process, that goes around the world and supplies a stunning music collection, from such interesting people.

I also like a fantastic rant to read because it means Toffee/ dsd/ carole/ yourself: everyone cares SO BLOODY MUCH about their choice of musician they are championing.. it's just fantastic.

(my one problem is it being so big.. I can't have my artwork and RR open at the same time.. so RR can't be read any more.. and I enjoyed -mostly- the banter.. but I can have 'spill open so I listen to the playlists and read the comments - and hope I don't accidently offend!!!! and I will up grade my memory when I finish building my house... so I will return and add to my poxy 8(?) A listings ;-)

shoey said...

Shane, Referring to Carole's threatened boycott. Know you can't log-on much right now, but if you haven't tried in the last 2 weeks it needs less resources - the Shoephone can post once again. Sorry about the cash & a Shane playlist is always welcome.

saneshane said...

did wonder shoey

always a pleasure to produce a playlist.. narrowed down to 38 at the moment for this week!
pruning needed.

and thanks for the goats post.

CaroleBristol said...

With my ranting, it isn't sour grapes about not getting picked - because I hardly ever get picked at all. I am used to that.

I just know that it is very rare for the gurus to actually like any of my music.

I just haven't liked many of the topics since Paul took over.

It just seems like going through the motions, not really very well thought out concepts.

Like the Solos topic. Why not make it "Solos on instruments apart from guitars"?

I didn't like the topic as it was, but was persuaded to take part and genuinely tried to find interesting non-guitar solos. What did we end up with? Mainly guitars.

The Vim topic really was crap though. Why not just have "songs with music", FFS.

I wasn't in the mood to play on Friday, even though the topic was a reasonable one and I did post once with three noms that will undoubtedly get ignored.

Dorian and Maddy were genuinely thoughtful and engaged. I am not sure about Paul and having topics that get over 1000 posts a week can't help matters.

Paul MacInnes said...

Hi everybody,

Just thought I'd come on to address one specific point made here, that I'm coming up with topics in the hope of generating more hits (and, subsequently advertising revenue). I'm afraid that's pish.

A smaller number of posts each week would be to my benefit - it would mean it wouldn't take me so long just to read the thread, and ti would be easier to listen to a broad range of topics.

That's all!
Paul

DarceysDad said...

Thanks, Paul.

So, given that I'm busy on the weekend of the 28/29th, can I ask you to bring on one of those "millions" of easier-to-cope-with topics, so that I don't feel left out that week?

Songs About Badgers, maybe?!

;o)

saneshane said...

thanks for popping in Paul,

my request is to leave ANY interesting topics until the new year.. then I'll upgrade my computer and bore your socks of with a renewed vigor - maybe!

-if it had been for advertising, it was a shot in the foot for this consumer.. because the amount just crashes my computer.

(if you do want to cut down the work load, a little of Dorians Head master telling off, seamed to work in the old days - now children KEEP TO THE TOPIC!)

Shoegazer said...

A guru teased out from his temple - nice one Shane.

saneshane said...

not bad eh - would fake an A list every Thursday - if only anybody listened to the tunes!