“P”oll Results & My Top 5
The results are in!
As of the completely arbitrary cut-off date of some time earlier this afternoon, here are the final standings in the Friends of P Poll.
Top “P” Artist of the…
60s: Pink Floyd, with 10 of 18 votes. Worth noting that the first Pink Floyd 1001 entry occured in 1967, hence their seemingly nonsensical categorization as a 60s artist!
70s: Police, The, with 10 out of 16 votes. Curiously, two voters abstained from choosing a 70s artist.
80s: Pixies, with only 7 of 18 votes, but with full voting panel participation! Impressively, each of the 5 choices (Pixies, Prince, Pet Shop Boys, Pretenders, Pogues) picked up at least 2 votes.
90s: Pearl Jam, edging out Pulp 6-5 out of the full 18.
2000s: Surprisingly, no “P”s made the 1001, but write-in votes included Perversor, Power from Hell, Power Trip, Postal Service, Pulled Apart By Horses, and Pete & the Pirates. As I believe they were mentioned most frequently, The Postal Service takes it.
Now of course this poll was chronologically-correct but I’d imagine many of you would be like me: many of your favourite “P”s hail from the same decade.
Here is my no restrictions/rules/regulations Top 5 “P” Artists:
5. Police, The
Among my favourite trios. Stewart Copeland, love the cymbal flourishes!
He had a funny appearance on a semi-recent episode of The New Girl. That and some of the best music of the 80s.
Best Britpop album? Different Class. This is Hardcore might also get the nod as the best ‘Britpop hangover’ record.
2. Pearl Jam
I get it when people aren’t fans of Eddie Vedder’s voice. As shown in my strongly worded, dot-matrix printed letter to MuchMusic, I didn’t used to be either.
Ian over at the80sdidntsuck recently had a good post about not understanding Pavement’s appeal.
I’ll attempt to answer his fair question, “What have I missed?” in the only way I know how.
Here is a Top 5 within a Top 5 (to quote Keanu Reeves in the Matrix, Whoa), explaining why Pavement is, much like his site, the Cat’s Pyjamas:
a) They aren’t the Bee Gees. As Wayne Campbell noted in Wayne’s World, “Led Zeppelin didn’t write tunes that everybody liked. They left that up to the Bee Gees.”
If you write something that everyone likes, chances are everybody will like it, but few will love it. Think of Pavement like the Alexander Keith’s slogan, those who like it, like it a lot. Except replace the second like with a stronger adjective.
b) They lasted the perfect amount of time. 5 records over 7 years. Successful reunion tour in 2010.
c) As I confessed when reviewing Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (incidentally, the optimal starting point for Pavement appreciation) Stephen Malkmus is my favourite lyricist.
d) They have a ‘sound’ without ever sounding repetitive or stooping to self-plagiarism
e) They’re one of my favourite bands and I don’t necessarily love all their songs. They swing & miss occasionally but when they connect (as they do with songs like Gold Soundz, Harness Your Hopes, and Shady Lane), to borrow their third album title, Wowee zowee!
Longest post ever, complete, thank you for your endurance.
The letter “Q” is up next, get ready for a quiz!