Friday, July 25, 2008

A New Spin on Listmania

I received this email yesterday from, promoting their brand new site, still in Beta version, called Unspun. The best way I can think to describe it is it's a community of lists, kind of the Web 2.0 for the Rob Fleming set. It's pretty simple. You can search for lists that already exist, and add your opinions, or create new lists that others can contribute to as well. This could be interesting, or it could turn out to be really lame and frustrating.

I began by searching on "King Crimson", since they've been my latest obsession, and I was quickly able to check out a list called "Favorite King Crimson Album". First thing, I had to do a little cleanup of a bunch of bogus entries, including one that stated "All Other Albums Suck". Plus, I had to edit the title of their debut album. It was listed as The Court of the Crimson King. So, I can already see how this could get annoying. The fact that I could do this also raises the issue that people can remove items that they say don't belong, when they really do. Well, as I said, it's in Beta version.

Anyway, since I'm not really familiar with any Crimson albums beyond the 1980's reincarnation with Adrian Belew, and since I haven't posted a list with no particular purpose in quite some time, here's how I ranked their 1969-1984 discography:
  1. In the Court of the Crimson King

  2. Red

  3. Discipline

  4. Starless and Bible Black

  5. Larks' Tongues in Aspic

  6. Beat

  7. Three of a Perfect Pair

  8. In the Wake of Poseidon

  9. Lizard

  10. Islands


  1. Not bad... I'd switch Pair and Beat fer sure. Might even switch Aspic and Starless, but that depends on the weather.

  2. I'm honestly very surprised that we're almost on the same page.