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The results will be announced at 8pm tonight.
Well, it was tight. Morrissey’s “You Are The Quarry”, “American Idiot” by Green Day and Arctic Monkey’s debut were all close behind, but Yeezy’s first album "The College Dropout" has won out as Hitsville readers’ Album of the 2000s. I can’t think of a more worthy winner. There’s not a bad track on the album, even the skits, usually poor on most hip-hop albums, are funny and quotable, and it took West until last year’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” to better it.
If you’re one of those indecisive types, you can have a maximum of three votes.
Poll closes midnight on Sunday.
Well, this was unexpected.
Gaining more than double the points of Pulp Fiction in second place, David Fincher’s pre-millennial mindfuck has been voted your greatest movie of all time. While there’s no doubting Fight Club is a great film, I’m not too sure what some of you were thinking bestowing the title of greatest film ever on it.
For posterity, here’s the top five:
- Fight Club
- Pulp Fiction
- The Godfather
- V For Vendetta
- 2001: A Space Odyssey/A Clockwork Orange (joint)
The eternal question…
(For sticklers and fanboys, this can be taken as the entire franchise, or just the films, or just the comics, or any combination of things involving the two caped crusaders)
Stick your answers in the ask box! Voting closes 12PM on Wednesday.
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Summer’s been a bit shit (what happened to sunshine?), but the festival season has been top class. From Pulp’s triumphant return to Beyonce’s epic Glasto set, there’s hardly been a downpoint for the past few months. Now’s your chance to vote for your favourite three-days-in-the-mud-watching-bands of the year.
In an attempt at unabashed plagiarism, we’re taking the BBC’s Desert Island Discs format (sorry Beeb) and making it our own by adding films into the mix. For those of you who don’t know what Desert Island Discs is, where the hell have you been? The concept is you pick however many pieces of music that you’d take with you to a desert island (an island with working electricity and CD players it would seem). Without further ado, here are some of our picks
- AMELIE (1999)
Because if I’m going to be stuck on a desert island, I may as well try to learn French. Also, it’s possibly one of the most smile-inducing and positive films I’ve ever seen, and god knows that’ll be helpful.
- BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 (1989)
The first film is great, the third is good, but BTTF 2 is in a league of its own, complicating the whole time travel thing, moving around more than a housefly on speed and ending on a damn good cliffhanger.
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
Maybe watching for days on end might help me understand it even better. I love it, but man it gets confusing sometimes.
- THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (2007)
Okay, I’ll admit, it’s nowhere near as good as golden era Simpsons (Seasons Three through to Nine, for your information), but it’s still a great piece of entertainment and funnier than whatever Judd Atapow or Seth McFarlane are churning out.
- STAR WARS (1977)
Mostly for nostalgia reasons, as it’s the first film I can remember being obsessed about and coming out of the cinema wide-eyed and awestruck (of course I’m a little too young to have seen it on its original cinema run; I’m talking about its re-release in the late ’90s). Yes, Empire Strikes Back is a better film, but A New Hope just pips it for me.
- MANIC STREET PREACHERS - MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS
Just so I can air guitar along to that solo at the end and not feel like too much of a knob.
- ELBOW - PUNCTURE REPAIR
Without a doubt one of Elbow’s best songs, and yes, it is a bit melancholy for soundtracking an ordeal on a desert island, but I could genuinely listen to it for hours.
- BEACH BOYS - GOD ONLY KNOWS
Like “Puncture Repair” above, I could listen to this for ages. Plus it’s quite chilled and calming, which would probably be helpful when going batshit insane from isolation.
- THE BEATLES - STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
Purely because it’s so weird; something new pops up on every listen, yet it’s still really poppy and catchy.
- STEVIE WONDER - SIR DUKE
I don’t think I need any reason for this. It should be in everyone’s picks.
- REGINA SPEKTOR - 11:11
Regina is the greatest person in the world ever. How many times do I have to explain that to people?
- BLUR - PARKLIFE
This album is much greater than people give it credit for. Witty lyrics (“Bank Holiday” is a perfect example of this) and a range of musical styles. It’s not just about the hits. Seeing them live was a childhood dream come true.
- NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL - IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA
This is a record I will never get sick of. Plus it’s an incredible tribute to Anne Frank. Once you let it into your life it’ll leave a lasting impression.
- JOANNA NEWSOM - YS
One of the greatest composers and lyricists of our generation. The fact that “Only Skin” is 16 minutes and 53 seconds long and yet I could listen to it on repeat and never get bored really says something. One of the most beautiful albums around. The songs on this record really capture feelings of love and loss without clichés.
- BILLY BRAGG - BREWING UP WITH BILLY BRAGG
Uncle Bill reminds me that if you want to change things you need to TRY. Complaining doesn’t make things better, getting involved does. Plus he doesn’t try to be anything else, his voice is pure Barking and that adds to the charm. I would trust him with my life.
- BIFFY CLYRO - THE VERTIGO OF BLISS
For being one of the finest alt-rock albums of our generation.
- THE ANTLERS - HOSPICE
For obvious reasons.
- RADIOHEAD - IN RAINBOWS
For being the album that incomparably expanded my taste.
- AND SO I WATCHED YOU FROM AFAR - AND SO I WATCHED YOU FROM AFAR
For being the album that opened my mind to the possibilities of contemporary instrumental music.
- FRANK TURNER - LOVE, IRE & SONG
For being the album I know every single lyric to.
- PETER PAN (2003)
It is my ultimate comfort film and I think if I’m stranded on a desert island I’m going too need some comfort.
- MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)
Because no other film makes me laugh as much and yano… It’ll be nice to laugh when I’m stuck on a desert island.
- DAYDREAM NATION (2010)
Nothing like a bit of hipster rubbish too get lost in, plus Kat Dennings is well fit so I can touch myself while looking at her.
- LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986)
Because that has music I can sing along really loudly too. And it’s nice too sing really loudly.
- WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (2009)
I dunno, it just seems appropriate for a desert island.
- AMELIE (1999)
Yep, that’s right; we here at Hitsville are on the lookout for more writers/contributors/drones/minions/whatever you want to call it. With the new academic year having just started, the focus of Team Hitsville is obviously a bit split, resulting in a slight slowing of the flow of posts on the blog. Some extra shoulders to help carry the burden would be rather nice.
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