Hey folks, as Dave hasn't been around lately (probably from feeding his curry addiction) I thought that it's high time that we had another Big-Fish poll!
Rules and options are the same as the 2008 pool (no new albums etc) so I'll move onto plagerising Dave's original post. *ahem*:
Please read all the criteria carefully before entering your vote. In fact, here's an idea... SAVE THIS POST! PRINT IT OFF! Or maybe consider copying the song list into a spreadsheet - then it can do the maths for you as you edit. I'll send out occasional reminders along the way, but it'll save me (and you) a lot of time and effort if you read the instructions carefully and make sure the first vote you submit is correct.
The songs that are eligible for this poll meet the following criteria: this is a *track/songwriting* poll, which means that we're not concerned about different versions of the song, like two different renditions of, say, Fortunes Of War
(full band/acoustic) or the studio vs. live versions vs demos vs remixes of the same song (as with Something In The Air
or Brother 52
. I've decided to include any *studio recordings* of covers: since Fish has released an album entirely dedicated to cover versions, it seemed churlish to discount them all. It'll also give us a chance to see how Fish's treatments of those iconic songs stack up against his own output.
The song section is interesting to score, designed in a way for those of you who have a hard time making decisions between best and worst.
The album list is comprised of the 9 non-compilation studio releases (see PART II).GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
1. VOTING FOR THIS POLL IS OPEN NOW AND CLOSES ON MONDAY JANUARY 31st, 2010, AT 11:59PM GREENWICH MEAN TIME. Results will be posted here and to the FishFans mailing list in the New Year (er, imbibed festivities permitting!
2. All ballots MUST be E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
, and MUST have the words "Fish Xmas Poll 2010" in the subject header. It is extremely important that you put that subject header, since my mail program is configured to process ballots with that header (and address). DO NOT SEND ANY BALLOTS TO THE LIST OR FORUM!
That way nobody will be unduly influenced by other ballots and the result hangs in the balance right up to the final announcement).
3. If you have any questions about how any of this works, contact me on my regular e-mail address and I will attempt to answer them.
4. Incorrectly completed ballots will be returned. You can fix them and re-submit them. You will, however, probably be named and shamed - it seems only fair that I have some fun at your expense if you make me process your vote more than once!
OK, and so to the poll...PART I - Fish Solo Songs
a) You have 100 points, which you will divide between your favourite songs. The advantage to this is that if you feel certain songs are equally as good, you can award them the same number of points.
b) No single song can receive more than 15 points. No single song can receive less than 1 point. Fractional point increments will be discarded. Let's stick to integers only, right? None of that fraction garbage or silly decimal points!
c) You need to complete a vote for 20 songs. No more, no less. Given the sheer volume of material, I doubt this will be a problem for anyone. If it is, you really need to listen to the albums again. No, really.
d) Any tracks that are tied on the total number of points they receive will be decided by which of the two tied songs had more total mentions.
e) The songs you vote for MUST
be from the list below. If it's not in the list, it doesn't count. Remember, we are concerned with STUDIO RECORDINGS ONLY
. All the tracks from the studio albums are eligible, as well as various B-sides and studio recordings that have only appeared on compilations...
State Of Mind
A Gentleman's Excuse Me
View From The Hill
Jack And Jill
Just Good Friends (Close)
Something In The Air
Boston Tea Party
Hold Your Head Up
I Know What I Like
Time And A Word
Lady Let It Lie
The Emperor's Song
Fortunes Of War
Out Of My Life
The Perception Of Johnny Punter
Goldfish And Clowns
Change of Heart
What Colour Is God?
Worm In The Bottle
Sunset On Empire
Say It With Flowers
Do Not Walk Outside This Area
Chasing Miss Pretty
Rites Of Passage
Plague Of Ghosts
Long Cold Day
Dancing In Fog
The Pilgrim's Address
Clock Moves Sideways
The Lost Plot
Shot The Craw
Scattering Crows (Still Time)
Miles De Besos
Arc Of The Curve
Where In The World
PLEASE NOTE: That I am taking votes for Plague Of Ghosts
as a whole ONLY, not for separate parts of it. I don't want to see votes for Wake-up Call
or Chocolate Frogs
: you vote for the track as a whole or not at all, and those who forget will have their poll entries returned for resubmission.PART II - Fish Solo Albums
In this section, simply rate each album on a scale of 1 to 5 - That is, 5 being the best available rating, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest. Under this system, you could conceivably rate all albums with a 5 (or all albums with a 1, but then what on earth would you being doing here anyway?!)
The only eligible albums in this section are:Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors
Songs From The Mirror
Sunsets On Empire
Raingods With Zippos
Field Of Crows
[Note: Simply score and enter the ones you have/heard, should you not have them all - as the result will simply be presented as an average overall rating out of 5 for each album].PART III - Marillion 1982-1988 Songs
I debated whether or not to pitch the contents of the first four Marillion albums in with Fish's solo output, but decided it was fairer to give the material it's own section in the poll - so here you go.
This section works in exactly the same way as the Fish solo tracks: you have 75 points this time, which you have to split up between a mere TEN tracks. Again, none of the songs you vote for can be awarded more than 15 points, or less than 1. All songs MUST
be chosen from the list below: no votes for The Tower
or Shadow On The Barley
ELIGIBLE TRACKS:Script For A Jester's Tear
He Knows You Know
Market Square Heroes
Three Boats Down From The Candy
Charting The Single
Punch And Judy
Pseudo Silk Kimono
Heart Of Lothian
Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
Lords Of The Backstage
Warm Wet Circles
That Time Of The Night
Just For The Record
The Last Straw
PLEASE NOTE: As with Plague Of Ghosts
, multi-part songs (like Blind Curve
and Bitter Suite
) are counted as one track, not as separate parts. Also, I know that Margaret
is a live recording, but it enjoys a privileged position, in that it's the only
time that an at least partially original track has appeared on a Fish-era official release but has never been recorded in the studio - so, this year at least, it gets a free pass. So there! PART IV - 1982-1988 Marillion Albums
As with the Fish albums, simply rate each album on a scale of 1 to 5 - That is, 5 being the best available rating, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest.
The only eligible albums in this section are:Script For A Jester's Tear
Clutching At Straws
[i.e. No voting for B'Sides Themselves
! Simply score and enter the ones you have/heard, should you not have them all - as the result will simply be presented as an average overall rating out of 5 for each album. Although, if you don't have them all, you need to go out and buy yourself copies pretty damn quick, really!]
Phew - and there you have it. One poll, four sections... and a great deal of head-scratching (if you're anything like me, anyway). Get yer thinking caps on!
For those who are still wondering how this all works, I'll post a sample ballot here shortly!
Over to you!