The Best Music Recommender in the World – how it works and who is winning

It started as a way to brighten up my lockdown work hours. Now it is a fierce battle of music suggesting to which there can ONLY BE ONE WINNER! (Winner! winner!)

It’s the The Best Music Recommender In The World… competition… thing.

So, every weekend I will listen to records by bands that begin with the same letter (A on week one, B on week two, etc). On Saturday those bands must be from Europe, and on Sunday the rest of the world. The catch is that I can’t listen to more than two bands from any country on any day.

You recommend the bands. I listen to them and then share my thoughts on those choices on this website. At the end of the weekend I award points to the people who made the best suggestions.

Obviously, you have more chance of getting your choice on the playlist if you pick something from somewhere that isn’t the UK or the US, as I can only pick two from each country. Any choice could get you the points though. Any genre. Any country. Any era. Surprise me, yeah?

Oh, and yes, I know recommender isn’t a word.

The Leaderboard
(last updated after L)
  1. Picky Bastards – 136 points
  2. Dave Hartley – 128 points
  3. William Mallin – 127 points
  4. jummo70 – 109 points
  5. Em – 104 points
    Graham Cox – 104 points
  6. Fat Roland – 103 points
    Mat Pringle – 103 points
  7. Donna Morris – 102 points
    George Sandison – 102 points
  8. Neal – 99 points
  9. Nick Rayney – 93 points
    Sleepy – 93 points
  10. Daniel Carpenter – 88 points
    Georgia Boon – 88 points (or 101 points, depending on what happens this week)
  11. Dan – 87 points
  12. Slugger – 86 points
  13. Adrian Slatcher – 83 points
  14. Desmond – 80 points
  15. Chris Bissette – 61 points
    David Coates – 55 points
  16. Plashing Vole – 45 points
  17. Saul Hay Gallery – 38 points
  18. Chris AKA ‘Pet Idiot’ – 37 points
  19. DOCTOR PRINCESS IN ISOLATION – 36 points
  20. Sam Whyte – 33 points
  21. Socrates Adams – 32 points
  22. Mallen181 – 29 points
    Aimee Parsons – 29 points
  23. Sean Rhodes – 26 points
  24. Rebecca Holland – 24 points
  25. Iain McGregor – 23 points
  26. Hannah Hunt – 20 points
  27. Richard Jones – 19 points
    Tom – 19 points
  28. expletive undeleted – 16 points
  29. subfuscus – 13 points
  30. David Church – 12 points
  31. Miranda Whiting – 10 points
    Mark Powell – 10 points
    Tinky Winky’s Handbag – 10 points
  32. Rachel Bentley – 8 points
  33. Jim Peeeeeeeeee – 6 points
    Tom A – 6 points (or possibly eleven points depending on whether he is also Tom is alert)
  34. Tom is alert – 5 points
    Graeme – 5 points
    Monsterlander – 5 points
  35. Lucy Lapwing – 4 points
    Rufus Hound – 4 points
    James Hannah –  4 points

  36. Kate – 2 points
    bernard pilon – 2 points
    Black Caviar Music – 2 points
  37. Marv – 1 point
    Russell Hope – 1 point
    em – 1 point

    Tom Mason – 1 point
    Nightjar Press – 1 point

I realise that 2 should be 4=, 3 should be 7=, etc, but not how to make the blog do that. It should sort itself out in a couple of weeks once the scores start separating out a bit.