Monday, January 15, 2007

The Royal Court Of Twee: The Final Vote


The Final Vote!

First Off I'd just like to say I was pretty blown away by the amount of response (both good and bad) that this project has gotten so far. I had tons of nominations to tally, but I eventually got through them all. The next step is, obviously, the FINAL VOTE. Please choose a total of FIVE bands from the ballot below and post them in the comments. After tallying the final votes, the top ten bands will be crowned the Royal Court Of Twee next Monday! Again, thanks for nominating before, and thanks for voting now!



Feel free to discuss, argue, or fight in the comments. Just don't get blood on anything.

ALSO: Never seen this before, but this post on the supposedly defunct blog, Yarn and Glue, describes "twee" perfectly, at least in the way that I percieve it. You may want to check it out if you're feeling a bit confused. Thank you Marta!
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116 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aberdeen
Lucksmiths
Field Mice
Tullycraft
Heavenly

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rocketship
tiger trap
another sunny day
the pastels
the field mice

12:33 AM  
Blogger kate said...

the lucksmiths
beat happening
the field mice
heavenly
the pastels

12:38 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

heavenly
another sunny day
tiger trap
the field mice
cub

12:53 AM  
Blogger jess manuel said...

1.THEY GO BOOM
2.FIELD MICE
3.THE WAKE
4.THE SOFTIES
5.LUCKSMITHS

1:48 AM  
Anonymous PoofBird said...

Tullycraft
The Lucksmiths
Beat Happening
Heavenly
Field Mice

2:05 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

Math and Physics Club
Beat Happening
Tullycraft
Tender Trap
Heavenly

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lucksmiths
Beat Happening
The Field Mice
Pants Yell!
Math & Physics Club

8:48 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

THE LUCKSMITHS
the pastels
the field mice
tullycraft
the softies

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beat happening
heavenly
field mice
lucksmiths
math & physics club

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Dean said...

Tullycraft
Cub
Beat Happening
Heavenly
Field Mice

10:21 AM  
Anonymous splashdown! said...

Pastels
Lucksmiths
Field Mice
Blueboy
Talulah Gosh

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beat happening
blueboy
honeybunch
rocketship
14 iced bears

10:34 AM  
Anonymous DtotheE said...

field mice
lucksmiths
pastels
softies,
but wait ...where is orange juice???

11:02 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

no one nominated them :(

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lucksmiths
Math and Physics Club
Field Mice
Tiger Trap
Beat Happening

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tullycraft
The Softies
The Lucksmiths
Rocketship
Tiger Trap

(beat happening sux)

12:28 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

that's harsh, man :'(

12:39 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

14 Iced Bears
The Sea Urchins
Beat Happening
Cub
Tiger Trap

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beat Happening
Talulah Gosh
The Pastels
Heavenly
Cub

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Colin said...

Beat Happening
Heavenly
Pastels
Field Mice
Lucksmiths

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lucksmiths
heavenly
field mice
tullycraft
mapc

2:24 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Pants Yell!
Math and Physics Club
Aberdeen
Heavenly
The Field Mice

2:36 PM  
Anonymous aly said...

pants yell!
lucksmiths
tullycraft
field mice
math and physics club

3:32 PM  
Anonymous marta said...

1. heavenly
2. the field mice
3. lucksmiths
4. tiger trap
5. tullycraft

ps. i suggest linking this remarkable effort to make a definition of twee: http://yarn-and-glue.blogspot.com/2006/09/i-think-masses-are-suffering-from.html
(just because they know what twee is... for me).

3:32 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

Heavenly
Beat Happening
The Field Mice
The Pastels
RocketShip

4:41 PM  
Anonymous scottpl said...

Field Mice
Heavenly
Lucksmiths
Rocketship
The Pastels

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Field Mice
Tullycraft
The Softies
Tiger Trap
Talulah Gosh

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Softies
The Softies
The Softies
The Softies
The Softies

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beat Happening
Talulah Gosh
Heavenly
Tullycraft
Lucksmiths

5:53 PM  
Blogger jess manuel said...

even in the supposedly indie underground scene, these bands are still criminally ignored:
1.SIDELLEYS
2.FAT TULIPS
3.CONFETTI
4.HAPPY BALLOON
5.PIPAS
....eggstone,shermans,acid house kings,ivy,strawberry story,johnny dee,laura watling,evening lights,vitesse,dislocation dance

7:04 PM  
Anonymous herbie said...

heavenly
the lucksmiths
the sea urchins
the pastels
tullycraft

all sandwiched together...

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beat happening
tullycraft
lucksmiths
pants Yell!
the softies

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beat Happening

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Field Mice
The Lucksmiths
Talulah Gosh
Beat Happening
The Pastels

5:29 AM  
Anonymous meteorology said...

heavenly.
the lucksmiths.
tiger trap.
the pastels.
beat happening.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

there are so many more nominations than there are final votes...

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pastels
Talulah Gosh
The Field Mice
The Sea Urchins
14 Iced Bears

11:15 AM  
Anonymous good_clean_fun said...

Aberdeen
Tullycraft
The Lucksmiths
Math & Physics Club
Heavenly

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Heavenly
Tiger Trap
Talulah Gosh
The Softies
The Lucksmiths

11:33 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Pastels
Talulah Gosh
Field Mice
Another Sunny Day
Sea Urchins

I would gladly jettison any of the last three to elect the Razorcuts however. Fun poll! :-)

12:32 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

yeah im surprised they didnt make it!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

this is less than a quarter of how many nominations there were :(

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Matt G said...

Heavenly
Lucksmiths
Field Mice
Pastels
Tullycraft

3:28 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Heavenly
Lucksmiths
14 Iced Bears
Rocketship
Field Mice

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tullycraft
Maths & Physics Club
Pants Yell!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Brushwood said...

Heavenly
Cub
Tiger Trap
Beat Happening
Lucksmiths

6:45 PM  
Anonymous james said...

Beat Happening
Heavenly
The Field Mice
Tullycraft
Tiger Trap

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Maria said...

The Pastels
Cub
14 Iced Bears
The Lucksmiths
Tullycraft

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Tullycraft
Math & Physics Club
Tiger Trap
Pants Yell!
Pastels

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Martin said...

Brighter
The Field Mice
Rocketship
They Go Boom!
The Wake

8:31 PM  
Anonymous charleston h. said...

Is it just me or do two of these bands stick out like sore thumbs? Didn't Math & Physics Club start like six months ago? Isn't it a little premature to be putting them in the royal court of twee? And how did Pants Yell make it on here? They kind of seem out of their league on this list don't they?

10:10 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

well people nominated them. i cant just ignore votes...

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah matt!
i thought that we all agreed that pants yell! were not going to be on the ballot!

10:47 PM  
Anonymous adambaker said...

I sort of agree with Charleston's Math and Physics Club assessment. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but they've only released 1 album and 1 ep right? There's no way they can stand along side these other bands that have been around so much longer and have released so much more music.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous adambaker said...

My Top 5

1. Secret Shine
2. Another Sunny Day
3. They Go Boom!
4. Brighter
5. The Pastels

11:37 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

well, you guys agreed that. but i said anyone could vote for anyoen they wanted to and i cant just ignore somebody's votes... it wouldnt be very nice. it's very very unlikely that they'll make the final top ten, so you have nothing to worry about ;)

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Spike said...

Heavenly
The Lucksmiths
The Softies
The Field Mice
Math & Physics Club

7:03 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

1. The Pastels
2. Tullycraft
3. Beat Happening
4. The Field Mice
5. Heavenly

8:50 AM  
Anonymous heather said...

Talulah Gosh
Secret Shine
Cub
Tiger Trap
St. Christopher

9:34 AM  
Anonymous jack Burgess said...

I stated the facts during the nomination process and it seems only appropriate to restate them again here:

1. Beat Happening started putting out music in 1983. They are arguably the most influential and important twee band of all time. They did it before anyone and made it ok to be twee.

2. Sarah Records might be the world's most famous twee label and Heavenly (along with the Field Mice) were their flagship band. They created the sound that most people associate with twee. Mathew Fletcher, the band's drummer and Amelia's brother, committed suicide prior to the band's final record being released. To my knowledge, he may be the only twee casualty.

3. If Tullycraft had only released the two anthems "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend Is Too Stupid To know About" and "Twee" - they would still deserve to be on this list, but they have put out countless great singles and excellent albums. It seems like they have been around forever and yet they continue to stay fresh and keep twee alive.

4. The legacy The Field Mice managed to leave in their short three year career is nothing short of amazing. Over the years, since the band broke-up they've received significant critical praise and has given twee some much overdue credit.

5. Even though Tiger Trap only released one album and one EP the footprint they left was huge. Tiger Trap exemplified the new generation of twee in the early '90s. Rose Melbelg went on to be a major player in the indie music scene playing such bands as The Softies, Gaze, and Go Sailor.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

well stated yet again, jack. thanks for taking the time to explain your choices.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Gerard said...

1. 14 Iced Bears
2. The Sea Urchins
3. Beat Happening
4. cub
5. Talulah Gosh

12:08 PM  
Anonymous megan said...

Matt,
I can't tell you how happy I am to see that you voted for Cub! What happened? During the nominations I thought you had some reservations about them. Have you come to love all things Canadian?

1. Cub
2. Beat Happening
3. Tullycraft
4. Talulah Gosh
5. 14 Iced Bears

12:48 PM  
Anonymous karina said...

talulah gosh
secret shine
blueboy
14 iced bears
brighter

2:01 PM  
Anonymous brent said...

My Twee Top 5

1. Tiger Trap
2. The Sea Urchins
3. Beat Happening
4. cub
5. Another Sunny Day

2:39 PM  
Anonymous nicorimemo said...

Jack - I think you've got it pretty much right! I'm going to trade out The Field Mice for Talulah Gosh on my list - but that's my problem.

BEAT HAPPENING
HEAVENLY
TULLYCRAFT
TALULAH GOSH
TIGER TRAP

3:59 PM  
Anonymous vexing the dull ear said...

1. Sea Urchins
2. Blueboy
3. 14 Iced Bears
4. The Wake
5. Cub

4:26 PM  
Anonymous carolyn said...

The Pastels
Tullycraft
14 Iced Bears
cub
Tiger Trap

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Softies
Heavenly
Tiger Trap
Tullycraft
Cub

5:34 PM  
Blogger pophenrik said...

Field Mice
Softies
Blueboy
Another SD
Starlet

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Ruy Lopez said...

1. They Go Boom!
2. Secret Shine
3. Brighter
4. 14 Iced Bears
5. The Wake

6:49 PM  
Anonymous kali said...

The Pastels
Beat Happening
Tullycraft
The Sea Urchins
14 Iced Bears

7:21 PM  
Anonymous tim said...

1. Heavenly
2. The Pastels
3. Honeybunch
4. Beat Happening
5. Cub

8:43 PM  
Anonymous NancyKay Shapiro said...

Pastels
Field Mice
Blueboy
Tullycraft
The Wake

10:38 PM  
Anonymous vicky said...

1. The Sea Urchins
2. Beat Happening
3. 14 Iced Bears
4. Talulah Gosh
5. Cub

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the pastels
heavenly
rocketship
field mice
lucksmiths

what a crap list! i only choose those bands cos' ttheyre the only ones worthy of consideration...math+p. club? cmon theyve been around for like 5 minutes!
no Razorcuts, felt , B+Sebastian, or Hit Parade?

1:01 AM  
Anonymous peter said...

Rocketship? Wanna talk about crap?! That guy put out ONE ok album back in 1996 and then released a bunch of self-indulgent shit!!! Are you really suggesting that Belle & Sebastian deserve to stand along side bands like: Beat Happening or Talulah Gosh? Dude, read a book!

1:17 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

yeah, plus belle and sebastian despise being called twee. although so do the field mice, but thats a whole other story...

and people nominated the razorcuts and felt, but not enough people apparently...

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tullycraft
Heavenly
Beat Happening
The Lucksmiths
The Pastels

5:21 AM  
Anonymous jimenezn said...

the pastels
heavenly
the field mice
the sea urchins
tiger trap

9:12 AM  
Anonymous hanna said...

1. Another Sunny Day
2. Beat Happening
3. The Sea Urchins
4. Blueboy
5. 14 Iced Bears

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Beatnik Boy said...

Talulah Gosh
The Pastels
Secret Shine
Cub
They Go Boom!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Thomas Abrams said...

The Sea Urchins
Tullycraft
Honeybunch
The Pastels
Beat Happening

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lucksmiths
Beat Happening
Honey Bunch
Heavenly
The Pastels

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Shawnie said...

1. Secret Shine
2. 14 Iced Bears
3. Another Sunny Day
4. The Sea Urchins
5. The Pastels

How is it that The Orchids didn't make the nomination list?

2:09 PM  
Blogger LindseyBee said...

1. Beat Happening
2. Tullycraft
3. The Pastels
4. Tiger Trap
5. Cub

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Simón said...

1. The Field Mice
2. Talulah Gosh
3. Secret Shine
4. Beat Happening
5. Tiger Trap

3:18 PM  
Anonymous casper said...

THEY GO BOOM!
The Field Mice
The Sea Urchins
Blueboy
Talulah Gosh

3:34 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

shawnie, the orchids didnt make the ballot because they only had 4 nominations...

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Barbara J. said...

1. Tullycraft
2. The Pastels
3. Cub
4. Honeybunch
5. Another Sunny Day

- Barbara J.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Jose said...

i love rebellious indie pop music and find the idea of royal court of twee chosen over the internet really denigrating and dumb. It is against everything this music ever stood for. Chau.

4:53 PM  
Blogger LindseyBee said...

Jose,
I think you're missing the point. It is SO not against everything this music stands for! When Tullycraft sang "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid To Know About" it was an inside joke for the indie pop kids. It was something WE knew about that our older sister didn't! She could listen to that same song and not get it at all. It belonged to us! They took the music and gave it back to us! It wasn't this crap you see on MTV's Subterranean. It was ours! This poll is the same thing! Why can't we choose the Royal Court of Twee? This music is important to us and it belongs to us! It's not denigrating. It's liberating!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous making me feel a bit nervous said...

Talulah Gosh
Secret Shine
The Sea Urchins
The Pastels
14 Iced Bears

6:39 PM  
Anonymous davekim said...

Ooooooh Snap!

Heavenly
Blueboy
Another Sunny Day
The Field Mice
Talulah Gosh

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Michael Hiscock said...

1. The Field Mice
2. Beat Happening
3. 14 Iced Bears
4. Another Sunny Day
5. The Pastels

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Caesar said...

1. Heavenly
2. Talulah Gosh
3. The Field Mice
4. The Sea Urchins
5. Tullycraft

8:23 PM  
Anonymous jewlie said...

man way to get like a zillion votes, jeeze!

The Field Mice
Tullycraft
Heavenly
Beat Happening
Rocketship

9:12 PM  
Anonymous susan said...

... that my favorite twee bands are
secret shine
14 iced bears
beat happening
st. christopher
the pastels

10:07 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

lindsey, it's good to know that some of you are actually understanding my reasoning behind doing this. it's definitely not "serious" and it's something that, for the people that really love this music, is really personal and fun.

thanks for reading and commenting all the time, by the way :)

11:11 PM  
Anonymous e.j. said...

1) Heavenly
2) Beat Happening
3) Another Sunny Day
4) 14 Iced Bears
5) The Field Mice

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

The Softies
Tullycraft
Honeybunch
Blueboy
The Pastels

9:12 AM  
Anonymous angela loy said...

1. Tiger Trap
2. The Field Mice
3. Heavenly
4. The Sea Urchins
5. The Wake

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

the undisputed twee top five:

beat happening
cub
tullycraft
the pastels
heavenly

12:43 PM  
Anonymous deb said...

1. Talulah Gosh
2. St. Christopher
3. Tiger Trap
4. The Field Mice
5. They Go Boom

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Jamie Franzese said...

Secret Shine
Tullycraft
Tiger Trap
Brighter
14 Iced Bears

2:15 PM  
Anonymous neil said...

They Go Boom!
The Pastels
Aberdeen
Beat Happening
The Field Mice

3:22 PM  
Anonymous caitlinbrrr said...

Talulah Gosh
Tullycraft
Aberdeen
Math and Physics Club
Beat Happening

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Giuseppe said...

honeybunch
the pastels
another sunny day
heavenly
blueboy

8:37 PM  
Anonymous alan m. said...

The five BEST indiepop / twee bands ever!

HEAVENLY
THE PASTELS
BEAT HAPPENING
TIGER TRAP
TULLYCRAFT

12:38 AM  
Anonymous amber said...

Another Sunny Day
Honeybunch
Beat Happening
Blueboy
The Pastels

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Phyllis said...

1. Tullycraft
2. Tiger Trap
3. They Go Boom
4. The Field Mice
5. The Softies

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Softies
Tiger Trap
Lucksmiths
Heavenly
Beat Happening

2:29 PM  
Anonymous kittie schoen said...

Heavenly
The Field Mice
Math and Physics Club
Tullycraft
Rocketship

6:23 PM  
Anonymous yaniv said...

Talulah Gosh
The Sea Urchins
The Pastels
cub
Beat Happening

4:22 PM  
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