The Best Music Recommender in the World – Semi Final Four

So here we go then. The last semi final. Who’s in it? I’ll tell you…

  • Picky Bastards
  • Sarah-Clare Conlon
  • Dan Carpenter
  • Fat Roland

And how did they do? Let’s see

Those of you who have been paying attention to the preceding semi finals will be aware that picking a Motown album will do you no harm. And so it was again, with Picky Bastards taking maximum points with Marvin Gaye. Second was Fat Roland’s suggestion of The Transformed Man by William Shatner. A Classic. I’ll fight any man who calls it a novelty record. Third (the actually really good album [despite its repeatedly poor showing in these semi finals] by) The Kinks. Last was Hendrix. I don’t really get Hendrix. I understand his importance in the evolution of popular music and all that, but who listens to him now? Clare, I suppose. 6music DJs and Clare. Takes all sorts etc.

We now come to the most controversial choice of the semi finals. Is Back to Black a jazz album? Seems a bit of a stretch to me. Frank, sure, but Back to Black? I dunno. I am going to allow it, but only because the concept of genre itself is deeply flawed. I’m not buying it’s a jazz album.
And things only going to get more controversial because I gave it more points than Jazzmatazz vol. 1 (because, hearing it for the first time in over a decade, I realised I hated it) and Dark Matter (which, admittedly on first listen, felt a bit too soft and a bit too polished for my taste). I also prefer Back to Black to the Miles Davis album but you have to draw the line somewhere. Ascenseur pour l’echafraud is a jazz album, and a great one, so Clare gets the big points.

With everyone scoring pretty evenly so far, it is all down to the compilation albums. Fat Roland joked on Twitter that Clare’s choice – The Summit – featured the worst song of all time (Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street). He’s wrong though – Baker Street is merely ghastly – the worst song of all time is Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits. Unfortunately, Sultans of Swing is also on The Summit. It’s a frightful assortment of songs. A jumble sale of bland. I hated it. My favourite album of the round was Warp Records – Artificial Intelligence vol. 1. The soundtrack recommendations were both good ones.

Which means… Picky Bastards goes through to the final. It was really close though. What would have happened if Fat Roland didn’t hate jazz? Who knows? Who cares? It doesn’t matter does it? The semi finals are over and next week it’s the final! Let’s all party with something else shite off The Summit!

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