20 Best of the 20 of 20. First of all, Happy Fiscal New Year everyone. Where will you be when the ball drops tonight on the close of FY05? Will you be snuggling up with an auditor tonight? Will you be wandering the streets, kissing every accountant you see roaming the alleys and boulevards of the city, ties finally loosened and a couple of Zimas in their system? Or will you spend with a loved one curled up in front of a nice spreadsheet, in quiet contemplation of another fiscal year gone by and so many fiscal resolutions broken over the last 12 months? Wherever you wind up, raise a Zima for me.
As for me, I will be spending my Fiscal New Year trying to max out on cognitive dissonance. Rather than spend it with accountants, I'll be celebrating it along with a Wiccan friend, at a party with her coven. As far as I know (and I've watched lots of movies concerning witches and pagans and warlocks, so I think I'm an expert on this, if "Wicker Man" is to be trusted), this means I will most likely be spending my evening in the midst of a wild orgy, or being sacrificed to some earth goddess. So if you don't hear from me ever again, it probably means I've been offered up as a gift to Hecube, and you should pour out some whiskey in my name every full moon. I know goddesses of the night normally prefer fresh virgins, but I assume New York chapters make due with what they can get in this sinful city. Besides, all the people who came out for Billy Graham last weekend have gone home, so they'll probably make due with the next best thing. Wish me luck!
Before I go, I tabulated up the most popular albums of our 20 of 20, so what follows is the Top 20 of the 20 of 20. (In the case of ties, I put the one I prefer on top).
1 (tie). Nirvana - Nevermind 1 (tie). REM - Life's Rich Pageant 3 (tie). Pixies - Surfer Rosa 3 (tie). Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville 5 (tie). Radiohead - OK Computer 5 (tie). De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising 7 (tie). Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs 7 (tie). Pixies - Doolittle 7 (tie). Jeff Buckley - Grace 7 (tie). Weezer - The Blue Album 7 (tie). Elliott Smith - XO 7 (tie). The Smiths - The Queen is Dead 7 (tie). The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique 14 (tie). Radiohead - The Bends 14 (tie). U2 - The Joshua Tree 14 (tie). Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister 14 (tie). Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream 14 (tie). Guided by Voices - Bee Thousand 14 (tie). Cure - Disintegration 14 (tie). The Arcade Fire - Funeral 14 (tie). U2 - Achtung Baby 14 (tie). Beck - Odelay 14 (tie). Beastie Boys - Check Your Head 14 (tie). Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation 14 (tie). Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet 14 (tie). DJ Shadow - Endtroducing 14 (tie). Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction 14 (tie). Hole - Live Through This
As for the bands getting the most votes: 1. Pixies 2. Radiohead 3. (tie) REM 3. (tie) Beastie Boys 5. (tie) U2 5. (tie) De La Soul 5. (tie) Public Enemy 8. (tie) Yo La Tengo 8. (tie) Tom Waits 8. (tie) Belle and Sebasitan 8. (tie) Beck 8. (tie) Weezer 8. (tie) Elliott Smith 8. (tie) Pavement 8. (tie) The Smiths 8. (tie) Sonic Youth 17. Smashing Pumpkins 18. (tie) Wilco 18. (tie) The Flaming Lips 18. (tie) The Cure 18. (tie) Guided by Voices 18. (tie) The Cowboy Junkies