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Its far better than Thriller!
This is what they go and do with it. If people aren't going to have the right tastes and opinions, they should be legally required to stay quiet.
i saw craig on the tube once. he was shorter than i thought he'd be
not that i'd spent much time conjecturing about craig david's height, but still i remember some kind of internal surprise about his stature.
Born To Do It came second to Michael Jackson's Thriller, beating off bands like Nirvana, Radiohead and Oasis.
Does anyone have any idea how this happened? Serious question. I mean, Craig David was never even that huge and certainly isn't in the public eye to a significant degree right now. How did he garner so many votes?
"More than 40,000 MTV fans voted for best album since 1981..."
At the risk of falling off my ivory tower, I think we can acquire some idea as to the types of people who voted and their musical tastes. These are MTV fans after all. Any band or artist who was making music before the advent of the 'music video' will not compete well here and frankly that's an awful lot of great bands whose albums regularly get into the top ten elsewhere.
I'm not really surprised by this result. Pink Floyd, The Beatles or Bob Dylan were never going to beat Michael Jackson in the eyes of people who could be described as 'MTV fans' are they? I would never describe them as 'MTV artists'. Accepting that, Craig David is going to do well too.
What astonishes me is there are better classic MTV artists - Madonna? Cyndi Lauper?
But then again, it's odd how the culture of MTV could be expected to give fair estimations as to the quality of albums - MTV is all about singles, not albums. I have a feeling that most albums here will have been awarded their slot of the strength of the singles and the memory of the videos that accompanied them. If you were an 'MTV fan' (and that demographic has to be more specific than people who occasionally watch a bit of MTV) then you probably wouldn't know or care about 90% of the music you've been voting for. *shrug*
That's my immediate rationale anyway.
The types of people who would vote for this. But I'm still suprised they came up with Craig David of all people! Like you said, more obvious choices for me would include people like Madonna, Robbie Williams... I dunno. Just not a relatively-successful-for-a-year-or-two person like Craig David.
What's even more weird is that the rest of the list (according to that news link) isn't particularly mental. Radiohead, Nirvana and Michael Jackson are all in the top five. Even considering the rubbish voting of MTV viewers, Craig David still comes out of nowhere for me
of the report is that a bunch of craig david fans (or craig david haters being 'ironic') voted multiple times as part of a deliberate campaign to help him win, non?
haven't released anything especially noteworthy since 1981, to be fair.
Not that I expect them to be in this list, I really like Time Out of Mind, but don't really see it as an MTV viewer's album of choice.
Radiohead has a few that did very well on MTV - the videos were really successful and I wouldn't be too cynical to suggest that 'Nevermind' would do really well purely on the strength of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' which was enormously succesful on MTV and other music channels.
Perhaps I'm being ridiculously unfair (and I usually am) but to me, the average 'MTV fan' is not voting for albums, but singles and artists they associate with those singles. It just so happens that the singles aren't being voted for here, but "hey the album must sound pretty good too", comes to mind.
MTV fans do not reflect serious and considered enthusiasts of music (as I said, I am running the risk of choking on my own arrogance here). Lots of people could be described as an 'MTV fan' where their musical tastes and affectations are guided by the medium of TV and they barely have much interest that extends beyond that. What those type of people judge to be the second best album ever produced since 1981 is going to be a hell of a lot different from the one the DiS crew decide upon.
Apparently the woman in charge of counting the votes is the woman Craig David had a drink with, made love with and subsequently chilled with during the course of one particularly interesting week.