Good Lord, ladies and gentlemen, here we go gearing up for the 12th Annual Fuzzies. Voting begins, um, as soon as I finish this paragraph and ends Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 12:00 noon EST. Results should be posted late that evening.
In each and every category you get two votes (unless otherwise noted). Split your votes for two or double up on a favorite. It's all good in the proverbial hood.
Post your votes as a reply, or stick them in a PM, or post them at the blog, or even the (ew!) Myspace - doesn't matter as long as I can find 'em. And, as always, you are more than encouraged to pimp this out however you deem fit. (I may even figure out what those newfangled buttons at the bottom do exactly.)
But you all know all of this, and I won't waste any more of your time. Presenting, for the first time anywhere, the 2007 Fuzzies nominees! (All links go to Youtube videos or someplace else you can hear the song/artist nominated. Ignorance is no longer an excuse!)
CURRENT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: Alice In Chains The Beastie Boys The Beatles Beck Black Sabbath David Bowie Johnny Cash Ray Charles The Clash Elvis Costello The Doors Bob Dylan Green Day Jimi Hendrix Led Zeppelin John Lennon Bob Marley and the Wailers Metallica Willie Nelson Nirvana Pearl Jam Pink Floyd Queen The Ramones R.E.M. Red Hot Chili Peppers The Rolling Stones Run DMC The Smashing Pumpkins Bruce Springsteen They Might Be Giants The Who "Weird Al" Yankovic
Breakthrough Artist: Lily Allen Cover Song/ Parody: Green Day "Working Class Hero" Compilation/Soundtrack of the Year: "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Video of the Year: Kanye West(feat. T-Pain): "The Good Life" Non-Single of the Year: The White Stripes "Little Cream Soda" (Catch Hell Blues was better!) Single of the Year: The White Stripes "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told) " Artist of the Year: The White Stripes Album of the Year: The White Stripes *Icky Thump* Hall of Fame Nominees: Rage Against The Machine Neil Young Monty Python
Breakthrough Artist: Lily Allen, Feist Music Video: Feist "1-2-3-4" Non Single: Rilo Kiley "Breakin' Up" Single: Amy Winehouse: "Rehab" Artist of the year: Lily Allen, Rilo Kiley Album of the year: Lily Allen "Alright,Still" Rilo Kiley "Under The Blacklight" Hall of Fame: Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads,Jerry Lee Lewis
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST: (Write in! There was so much good that came out this year but this guy still wins me over...)MIKA! (Times Two!! (How the hell could you foget him? For Shame!) COVER SONG/PARODY OF THE YEAR: (Write in!) The Bird and The Bee - How Deep Is Your Love (youtube.com) Every so often, a group takes a song and completely makes you forget who originaly did it. This is one of those covers. COMPILATION/SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story ...Times Two! (Instant Karma was a really shitty album, why is it on your list?) MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: D.A.N.C.E. - Justice -or- CONQUEST - The White Stripes NONSINGLE OF THE YEAR: They Might Be Giants - THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT ...Times 2 SINGLE OF THE YEAR: MIKA! - Love Today ...Times Two ARTIST OF THE YEAR: MIKA! ...Times Two! ALBUM OF THE YEAR:(Write in!) MIKA - Life In Cartoon Motion ...Times Two! HALL OF FAME NOMINEES: Ben Folds Five, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Talking Heads
Sorry, either haven't heard these artists or didn't develop any particular feelings for them (plus or minus) so I'll abstain.
COVER SONG/PARODY OF THE YEAR
Green Day and Pearl Jam. Always good bands doing solid songs.
COMPILATION/SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR:
Instant Karma had very good stuff on it, although they missed some opportunities (like, instead of Avril doing one of two versions of "Imagine", have her do "Bring On The Lucie", which fits her style much better AND fits the purpose of the album, too). And Walk Hard, which I really haven't heard any of, just because Marshall Crenshaw is involved.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Both votes for McCartney. I'm a huge fan of solo Macca and Memory Almost Full is terrific. If I could vote for "Only Mama Knows" in the next category...
NONSINGLE OF THE YEAR:
...I wouldn't be giving both my votes to They Might Be Giants. But without it here, I'm happy to.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR:
Mika, which my brother loved to death (and I liked, too), and Kanye.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Rilo Kiley and the White Stripes
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
TMBG and Kanye
HALL OF FAME NOMINEES
Hmmm...Jerry Lee Lewis is an easy pick. I waffled a little on Python since of course they're more known for sketch comedy than for music, per se, but Neil Innes did write some great things for them and he's a hell of a guy. And if you count the Rutles as part of Python, they get in in a landslide. Third spot is tough between Neil Young and Marvin Gaye, but I think I'll go for Neil on the odd logic that I'd rather see Stevie Wonder or the Temptations get in representing Motown. That's a pretty darn white Hall Of Fame there, though--no Sam Cooke, no Chuck Berry, no Little Richard, no Isley Brothers, no Earth Wind & Fire. I'm just sayin....
Originally posted by Peter The HegemonThat's a pretty darn white Hall Of Fame there, though--no Sam Cooke, no Chuck Berry, no Little Richard, no Isley Brothers, no Earth Wind & Fire.
I know - I'm trying to remedy that a bit by (finally) attempting to sneak some Motown in. I'm still bound to my friends' tastes and my runner-up format. (Top 3 get in, last place doesn't get another shot for at least two years, middle six come back next year with four fresh noms.)
My dad had a 45 (which is probably now in my basement) - Baker Street on one side, Right Down the Line on the other. Both of these tunes were played endlessly on our phonograph when I discovered music, and both evoke such strong memories for me.