Sunday, January 07, 2007

Vote For The Royal Court Of Twee!


Vote For The Royal Court of Twee!

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

By fairly popular demand, here it is, the first step to deciding the by-no-means-official-but-fun-anyway Royal Court of Twee: The Nominations! Okay, so I thought about it a little bit and here's what I decided will happen. First, there will be The Nominations (this post), where in the comments, you will nominate a total of FIVE bands. These will obviously be your top five favorites and you can nominate any band you wish. I will let this go for probably a week, as to let enough nominations come in. Please tell lots of people to come and nominate and vote because a vote with no voters in no fun!

Next, I will tally up the nominations and will choose what will hopefully be something between 20 and 30 of the most highly nominated bands and those will be the bands you will ultimately voting from. The post following this post will be the VOTING post and I will let you know then how many bands you will be allowed to vote for at that time. Okay so, go make your nominations! Think your choices through and tell everyone you can to come and nominate/vote! Yay!

Umm, for reference, I think Nitsuh Abebe's "Twee As Fuck" article published by Pitchfork in 2005 is probably the best, most comprehensive piece ever written on the subject of twee.

*EDIT* Due to arguments in the comments concerning the legitimacy of the word "twee," I thought I'd mention this out here: I chose "twee" for the title because it sounded fitting. Feel free, however, to chose any jangle pop/indiepop/shambling bands of your liking, if that's what you would rather call them.
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190 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. pants yell
2. the math and physics club
3. tiger trap
4. the field mice
5. the boy least likely to

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In no particular order, and just from the top of my head:

1. Boy Least Likely To
2. I'm From Barcelona
3. Los Campesinos!
4. The Grates
6. Mates of State

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Cory said...

1. Pants Yell!
2. Boy Least Likely To
3. Arrah and the Ferns
4. The Blow
5. Andy's Airport of Love

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I nominate Andy as the Duke of Twee because he kinda looks like a duke! I nominate Herbie as the Wizard of Twee because I think he'd look good with a pointy hat and a big white beard! I nominate Pants Yell as the Prince of Twee because they're not quite mature enough to be the King yet! I nominate Tullycraft as the Jester of Twee because they make me laugh and dance and sing! I nominate you, Matt of Annapolis as the guy that has the scroll and goes HERE YE! HERE YE! because I just really want to hear you say those words!

10:05 PM  
Anonymous alyce! said...

pants yell
tiger trap
math&physics club
arrah and the ferns
field mice

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. pants yell!
2.andy's airport of love
3.rocketship
4.Matt Edwards Ensemble
5.Wolf Eyes

11:34 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

i can nominate too!

1. heavenly
2. the field mice
3. talulah gosh
4. beat happening
5. tiger trap

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Jack Burgess said...

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.

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not in any particular order

1. pants yell
2. the field mice
3. rocketship
4. beat happening
5. and andy's airport of love ocourse

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Chandler said...

1. beat happening
2. rocketship
3. andy's airport of love
4. pants yell!
5. the softies

11:54 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

wow jack. that was a nice summary, especially for those not familar with the bands. well done.

i guess also, if you want to leave any blurbs with your nominations, i may include them int he voting post for each band that is ultimately in the final choosing.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Dustin said...

Pants Yell! in the Royal Court of Twee? Let's be serious! They wouldn't even be invited to a party at the Castle! In two years I guarantee none of us will remember that band. Let's nominate bands that have actually had some sort of influence on Twee. Come on people! Pants Yell! don't belong anywhere near a list with bands like:

Talulah Gosh
The Pastels
The Softies
Tullycraft
Beat Happening

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow I just feel like so liberated and free

12:16 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

i'm gonna have to agree with dustin. dont get me wrong, i love pants yell!, but the fact is they're still a very young band and have had little influence on the twee.

same goes for the boy least likely to, as well, i think.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

but let's try to keep commentary and arguments out of this one. when the results are announced we can tear each other apart like wild animals.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Top Five Twee Bands & Songs:

Heavenly "c is the heavenly option"
The Field Mice "emma's house"
The Pooh Sticks "on tape"
Beat Happening "indian summer"
Tullycraft "fuck me i'm twee"

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. belle and sebastian
2. the arctic monkeys
3. bright eyes
4. the strokes
5. the postal service

2:08 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Tiger Trap
Cub
The Wedding Present
Boyracer
The Sea Urchins

2:08 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

oooh good call with the wedding present

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your obsession with twee is so adorable!

3:16 AM  
Anonymous ryan wolf said...

bears!

best current twee band, hands done.

5:34 AM  
Anonymous ryan wolf said...

*hands down.

it's 5:34 in the morning, i can't be bothered to spell correctly.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Dean said...

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

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Martin said...

1. The Field Mice
2. Brighter
3. Celestial
4. Talulah Gosh
5. The Orchids

8:04 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

great picks guys!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

five WORST nominations so far:

1. The Strokes
2. The Arctic Monkeys
3. Pants Yell!
4. Bright Eyes
5. Postal Service

10:59 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

yeaaaaah. i'm assumign that was probably a joke though. i'm not going to count it.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

well, no, i am counting pants yell! since so many people nominated them. we need more people to nominate though so so the real royalty ends up at the top!

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Bastien said...

Belle & Sebastian
Beulah
Fugu
the Essex Green
Spearmint

11:27 AM  
Blogger LindseyBee said...

The 'top of the list' nominations for the Royal Court Of Twee are Heavenly, Beat Happening, Tullycraft and Tiger Trap. That has to be obvious to anyone who's been even partially awake for the past fifteen years.... but aren't we forgetting about The Lucksmiths?!

Can I cast a vote against Pants Yell? I agree with Dustin, they don't belong anywhere near a list like this. To include them would be insulting to the deserving bands and just make all of us look stupid.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. desaperacidos
2. the decemberists
3. minus the bear
4. jenny lewis
5. the clientele

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Ruy Lopez said...

The Essex Green, Minus the Bear, and Jenny Lewis are certainly not twee, and actually not very good. Why are you people plaguing us with these awful nominations? Is it that you don't know your history? Do you need Matt to explain to you what twee is? What would inspire you to nominate Beulah to the Royal Court of Twee? Are you simply ignorant?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

lindsey, i think if we can get enough people here nominating and voting for the deserving bands, it will probably overthrow the py! votes anyway

i posted a link on tracker.twee.se

if you know of anywhere else we could tell people to come vote, please let them know!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

i posted a link to the twee as fuck article, and anyone that' sbeen reading this blog lately should have a decent understanding of what were looking for. i'm not what else i could do.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous kburston said...

Can I nominate the early Soup Dragons? Their 1st album was very twee, before they recorded that dumb Rolling Stones cover.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

you can nominate whoever you wish

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure exactly what's legal and what's not, but here's my input!

1. small factory
2. black tambourine
3. mccarthy
4. beat happening
5. rocketship

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Thanks Lindsey! How could we have forgotten about The Lucksmiths?

1. The Lucksmiths
2. The Softies
3. Talulah Gosh
4. The Field Fice
5. Tullycraft

12:48 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

good nominations!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

hopefully more people will nominate the lucksmiths

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

I took the liberty of deciphering "twee" as "pop music" when I made my list as I don't really listen to man "twee" bands.

1) Beat Happeneing
2) Rocketship
3) Television Personalities
4) Jonathan Richman
5) N.W.A

also please stop putting andy's airport of love down :(

12:56 PM  
Anonymous matt said...

no offense andy, but i don't think there's any real danger of andy's airport of love making it onto a list with so many well established bands.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous jewlie said...

man some people have some shitty nominations.

the field mice
tullycraft
go sailor
heavenly
beat happening

1:23 PM  
Anonymous norton said...

Can I cast a vote against Pants Yell! too? Lindsey is right. This list would look dumb with them on it.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

jewlie! hey! good picks!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

just cast your own votes and they'll surpass pants yell! i'm sure, just keep people coming!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous ~ marie ~ said...

My Favorite Twee Bands!

THE FIELD MICE
BEAT HAPPENING
HEAVENLY
TULLYCRAFT
THE LUCKSMITHS

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1. lucksmiths

2:04 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

i mean, you couldve just picked 4 more.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous vicente said...

It's hard for me to get behind Rocketship because they only released that one good album back in 1996, and have since followed it up with some truly terrible music. Are they allowed to rest on their laurels for that long?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

i guess we'll find out! they seem to be getting a pretty decent amount of nominations. the public will speak!

2:50 PM  
Anonymous matt g said...

1. Field Mice
2. Pastels
3. Heavenly
4. Pooh Sticks
5. Lucksmiths

2:57 PM  
Anonymous j.smallman said...

Beat Happening gave twee attitude
Tullycraft gave twee a theme song and a sense of humor
Heavenly gave twee idols
The Softies gave twee the perfect voice in Rose Melberg
Cub re-packaged twee and called it cuddle-core

3:13 PM  
Anonymous mheusinkveld said...

indiepop bands your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about:

1. the pastels
2. heavenly
3. bmx bandits
4. the field mice
5. honeybunch

3:27 PM  
Anonymous splashdown! said...

1. Felt
2. Pastels
3. Lucksmiths
4. TVP's
5. Orchids

[...]

231. Pants Yell!

I mean, honestly...

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Karina said...

Matt,
Can we disqualify mheusinkveld's votes for using such a dorky title?



857. Pants Yell!

.... let's be serious!

3:34 PM  
Anonymous PoofBird said...

1. Boyracer
2. Tullycraft
3. All Girl Summer Fun Band
4. Heavenly
5. Lucksmiths

3:36 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

hey, twee tracker guys! nice to see you! thanks for nominating!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

nope we cant karina cause his votes are good and he didnt vote for pants yell. plus its just a slight variation on the title of that tullycraft song, it's not that dorky..

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aberdeen
Antarctica Takes It!
Field Mice
Camera Obscura
Lucksmiths

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Benjamin said...

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

3:49 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

i'm going to be tallying for the rest of my life.
but man this is going great! for the most part

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Hey! Can we show some love for my Canadian Girls Cub? Back in the day they were huge! They hung a big banner for twee all over the world!

1. Cub
2. Lois
3. Tullycraft
4. Beat Happening
5. All Girl Summer Fun Band

As you can see I like my twee Pacific Northwest style!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

cub's been getting a pretty good amount of nods so far. it looks like they probably have a good chance

4:14 PM  
Anonymous andy said...

1. Heavenly
2. Math and Physics Club
3. Honeybunch
4. The Field Mice
5. Brighter

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aren't belle and sebastian twee?

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Creed
2. Panic! At the Disco
3. Death Cab for Cutie
4. M & M
5. Lincoln Park

4:51 PM  
Anonymous chasingelin said...

Maybe? But, Belle and Sebastian don't belong in the Royal Court of Twee.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous chasingelin said...

1. The Field Mice

2. The Sea Urchins

3. Celestial

4. Talulah Gosh

5. Honeybunch

4:56 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

two honeybunch nominations in a row. niiice.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Yaniv said...

The Pastels
Aberdeen
The Field Mice
Secret Shine
Heavenly

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beat happening
the lucksmiths
tullycraft
pants yell!
the softies

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

boy least likely to
mates of state
tilly and the wall
the pipettes
architecture in helsinki

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Mickey said...

Top 5 Twee Bands
1. Talulah Gosh
2. 14 Iced Bears
3. The Sea Urchins
4. St. Chistopher
5. The Field Mice

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beat happening
heavenly
lucksmiths
tullycraft
the sea urchins

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Insch said...

YES!!!! Old School Sarah Records! That's what I'm talkin' about!

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

6:07 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Wow... I'm sorry Matt, I hope this is allowed, but Kevin just reminded me about 14 Iced Bears... maybe I could change my vote from Tiger Trap to 14 Iced Bears??? (Nothing against Rose, but I think she'll get in anyways.)

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Beat Happening
2. Lucksmiths
3. Velvet Crush (I can't believe no one has mentioned them)
4. Jonathan Richman
5. Belle and Sebastian (even if they don't consider themselves twee, I do)

6:18 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

I think it might take Tullycraft to explain to me who some of these bands are. They seem to be pretty familiar with the whole history of twee. I'm going to stick with nominating bands I actually own cds by.
1. Math and Physics Club
2. Tullycraft
3. The Softies
4. All Girl Summer Fun Band
5. The Lucksmiths

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teenage Fanclub, a twee band or a power pop band?

6:25 PM  
Anonymous chasingelin said...

I'd have to say power-pop band

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

1. Tullycraft
2. Math and Physics Club
3. Beat Happening
4. Pants Yell! (sorry guyz)
5. so many I want to put but I don't think im good enough at the deciding what is twee game even with that article

7:01 PM  
Anonymous colin said...

I'm with Kevin, Mickey and Charlie! Gimme some Sarah Records!
1. Blueboy
2. Secret Shine
3. 14 Iced Bears
4. Heavenly
5. Aberdeen

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok two things:
1. i think the "people" posting pants yell is actually the same person re-posting different lists...come on, look at the lists, it's so obvious.
2.ummm seriously, postal service? wtf????

7:31 PM  
Anonymous norton said...

I think you might be right! Could it actually be the band voting for themselves?

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet it is the band voting for themselves. How lame is that?

7:55 PM  
Anonymous norton said...

It's official.... Pants Yell! TOTALLY SUCK!!!!

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

As Dustin wrote in an earlier post: "In two years I guarantee none of us will remember that band" - it's so true!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous frank said...

Oh! I also want to list my TOP 5 TWEE SONGS

Beat Happening - Bewitched
The Pastels - Crawl Babies
Tullycraft - Pop Songs Your Boyfriend's Too Stupid to Know About
Honeybunch - Hey Blue Sky
Tiger Trap - Words And Smiles

8:12 PM  
Anonymous cory said...

I'll always remember you Pants Yell! :'(

8:15 PM  
Blogger marathonpacks said...

BMX Bandits
Wedding Present
Beat Happening
The Field Mice
The Pastels

8:23 PM  
Anonymous vicente said...

Cory you might be the only one. I don't see a place in indie pop history for the almost completely irrelevant Pants Yell! Enjoy the ride guys!

8:26 PM  
Blogger kate said...

1. the lucksmiths
2. heavenly
3. the field mice
4. beat happening
5. rocketship

give me lucksmiths or give me death.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Heavenly
Another Sunny Day
The Sea Urchins
Celestial
Secret Shine

8:56 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

math and physics club
beat happening
tullycraft
boycrazy (check them out on Magic Marker Records)
(early) Belle and Sebastian

9:07 PM  
Anonymous darren said...

Boycrazy are pretty good. I'm not sure they're "Royal Court of Twee" good, but still worth checking out. My top five:

1. The Field Mice
2. Aberdeen
3. The Pastels
4. The Shop Assistants
5. Blueboy

9:20 PM  
Anonymous griffing said...

1. 14 iced bears
2. pants yell
3. call and response
4. beat happening
5. button happy

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Christopher said...

I don't think Griffing got the memo. A Pants Yell! vote is a wasted vote. And honestly dude... are you serious about Call And Response and Button Happy? What impact have either of those bands had on twee?

9:38 PM  
Anonymous norton said...

I guess it needs to be stated again. Pants Yell! are a completely irrelevant band!!! They will have no place in indie pop history! Their name needs not be mentioned here.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous mike said...

1. tullycraft
2. boyracer
3. bunnygrunt
4. televison personalities
5. the marine girls

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Field Mice
The Pastels
Tullycraft
Trembling Blue Stars
Northern Picture Library

nancykayshapiro.com

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Weed said...

1. rocketship
2. heavenly
3. talulah gosh
4. beat happening
5. daniel johnston (i don't know if anyone has ever labeled him twee, but i think i'd like to.)

10:51 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

wow this is blwing up! you guys are amazing! nice to see old school sarah folks getting some mentions now.

i'm seriously gonna be tallying for the rest of my life now.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Please Please Please tell me that Paul McCartney will be Godfather of Twee. He is the original Twee Artist. Come on, Mother Nature's Son? It's fucking twee. He might not be indie, but he's always twee.

12:30 AM  
Blogger thew t said...

(in no particular order):

1 Beat Happening
2 Talulah Gosh
3 The Sea Urchins
4 The Vaselines
5 Marine Girls

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.CAMERA OBSCURA
2.FIELD MICE/TREMBLING BLUE STARS
3.RADIO DEPT.
4.THE SHERMANS
5.ACID HOUSE KINGS
i can't believe nobody voted for these bands!

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.THE WAKE
2.THE ORCHIDS
3.THE CAROUSEL
4.FELT
5.LOONS

dig deeper guys! these bands should be on your lists!

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.GENTLE WAVES
2.HARPER LEE
3.BRIGHTER
4.ABERDEEN
5.AQUADAYS

2:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.HIT PARADE
2.KAWAII
3.ARROGANTS
4.THEY GO BOOM
5.CONFETTI

JESS VACAVILLE,CA.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

ive never really seen felt as twee, ive always looked at them as more of a huge influence of twee. but hey, thats just me.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous midcoasthiphop said...

1. Beat Happening
2. Tullycraft
3. Secret Shine
4. Heavenly
5. 14 Iced Bears

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Penzance said...

Forever Twee!

1. Another Sunny Day
2. The Wake
3. Aberdeen
4. Celestial
5. The Sea Urchins

2:46 PM  
Anonymous 80's Twee is the Best! said...

I love so much 80's twee being represented!

1. The Field Mice
2. Blueboy
3. They Go Boom
4. Brighter
5. St. Chistopher

2:54 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

i think thats the only st. christopher nomination so far! cmon people!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous andy said...

Umm... the first Blueboy single was released in 1991. Sorry.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous andy said...

Matt,
Mickey voted for St. Chistopher yesterday. Are you counting these votes properly?

3:32 PM  
Anonymous travis said...

I would LOVE to see St. Chistopher and the old Sarah Records guard represented on the Twee ballot! Here's another vote for them.

1. St. Chistopher
2. Aberdeen
3. Secret Shine
4. Blueboy
5. Another Sunny Day

4:33 PM  
Anonymous cherry said...

i really don't think it's necessary to bash pants yell any further! one person pointed out they don't belong on the lists, but why does everyone feel the need to say they suck every post. i mean honestly. we know you are all cool enough to acknowledge pants yell's insignificance in "twee history." give it up.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous sarah h. said...

Wasn't it determined that Pants Yell! was nominating themselves to be in the Royal Court of Twee? They obviously must think they're some important band or deserve some sort of recognition for something? For what I'm not exactly sure? Their impact on indiepop has been exactly 0%. They're a completely forgettable band.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous splashdown! said...

Whether they were front-loading some support for themselves or not is a question I leave to the experts. It was rather suspicious though that the first, like, six posters had them as #1. Don't get me wrong, I think they're pretty good...but greatest twee band ever...eh, pull the other one.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Rob Sekula said...

1. 14 Iced Bears
2. Secret Shine
3. Heavenly
4. Honeybunch
5. The Sea Urchins

5:13 PM  
Anonymous corostola said...

5 Best Twee Bands Ever!

1. Another Sunny Day
2. Brighter
3. Aberdeen
4. The Wake
5. Blueboy

5:41 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

yeah, guys, please stop getting all over pants yell!

i can guarantee you they are not voting for themselves. they obviously just have a good amount of fans that read this blog, which may not be wholey familiar with early tweepop enough to vote in the way most of the rest of you are voting. the important bands will still end up on top, you have nothing worry about, i mean, look at the nominations... okay.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

suddenly, tammy!
beat happening
the boy least likely to
tullycraft
young marble giants

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Gerard said...

1. The Wake
2. They Go Boom
3. Northern Picture Library
4. Brighter
5. St. Christopher

7:16 PM  
Anonymous meteorology said...

hmm, limiting it to five is tough! i'm going for

- the wedding present
- the bats
- beat happening
- the bartlebees
- talulah gosh, heavenly, pooh sticks and anything else amelia fletcher (my queen of twee!)

i think that's cheating. oops.
amy

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

Wow! Northern Picture Library! I had forgotten about them. I would love to see them on the ballot!

So Matt, after you narrow the list down to 20 or 30 bands for the ballot, how many will bands will ultimately make it to the 'Royal Court Of Twee?'

here is my list:

1. honeybunch
2. courtney love (the band)
3. northern picture library
4. veronica lake
5. the sugargliders

7:59 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

after i whittle it down to a 20 band ballot. then, you will make your final votes. choosing 3 from the list and voting for them. these are just the ballot nominations.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous carolyn said...

Will the final list be the Top Ten Bands of Twee?

8:54 PM  
Anonymous dustin said...

We only get to vote for 3? NO!!! It was hard enough to narrow it down to just 5. Matt, I think we should be able to vote for 5 again and the 10 bands with the most votes are officially "The Royal Court Of Twee" - I don't mean to be stepping on your toes... sorry.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

It is going to be next to impossible to vote for just three

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. TREMBLING BLUE STARS
2.CATS'S MIAOW
3.BRITTLE STARS
4.CONSULTANTS
5. ...and just about every band on SHELFLIFE,SIESTA,ELEFANT,MATINEE.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

haha OKAY, i can see a wave of protest coming. we'll vote for FIVE! :D

12:07 AM  
Anonymous jack Burgess said...

Matt,
Twee is far too varied. The Field Mice, Beat Happening, The Wake, Tullycraft, Heavenly, The Softies, 14 Iced Bears, and The Sea Urchins are make different kinds of music that all falls under the Twee umbrella. You can't narrow Twee down to just 3 or 5 bands... I think 10 bands should make up the Royal Court. That might represent a better cross-section.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

yeah, the final "royal court" will be ten bands. but for the final voting you will be choosing FIVE bands to vote for. these are just the nominations right now for what the final voting ballot will be.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous jyrki said...

even though I really love the pants yell 7" and some of the tracks on the album are ace... but hey, they're not among the 5 top bands. but hey, who am I to judge?!?!?! and who are you to judge. snobs=) for myself, I have a hard time choosing anything! but here are bands that I have held higher than high (in no particular order):

1) Cats miaow, the
2) Smiths, the
3) Sundays, the
4) and the 4th and 5th spot go out to all the records occupying my space here... though per definition a lot of them, as for my nominees here and the others nominees, wouldn't really count as "twee".

6:28 AM  
Anonymous jyrki said...

so with that said, why not rename it since some of the bands that get most votes won't be twee. why not "the royal court of pop" (or indie...)?

oh, now I remembered a fatal mistake!!! (this is what happens when I have to choose hehe...)

I nominate:

They Go Boom!!

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In no real order...

1. Heavenly
2. Tiger Trap
3. The Softies
4. The Lucksmiths
5. Camera Obscura

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

1. Secret Shine
2. Brighter
3. Tiger Trap
4. The Wake
5. Tullycraft

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Beat Happening
2. Talulah Gosh
3. The Pastels
4. The Television Personalities
5. Dolly Mixture

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Snapdragon said...

i'd like to call my list 'forgotten favorites'

1. aberdeen
2. blueboy
3. another sunny day
4. the wake
5. the sea urchins

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What on earth is twee about the Bats or the Wedding Present - am I being dozey? I'm 38 and my teenage years were spent listening to bands like this. I can't stand to here my favourite bands being denegrated like this. Dave Gedge'd be chocking on his pint!Twee! I preferred 'cutie' or 'shambling'. By the way the Soup Dragons first album sounds like the bloody Sonics compared to Heavenly. God it's all so middle-class! And Felt aren't twee either. They're a POP group. So says Lawrence!Dictionary definitions of music. I don't know. How can you all be so bloody subjective! Etc Pip

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse typo's - I haven't slept for two days...pip

12:26 PM  
Anonymous brent said...

The Pastels
Tiger Trap
Brighter
Tullycraft
Secret Shine

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everybody and congratulations for the idea of The Royal Court Of Twee! Here goes my list:

Twa Toots
Family
Club 8
The Field Mice
Fat Tulips

NB: Tweepop is a global phenomenon! There are/were lots of great acts outside Sweden and the English-speaking countries!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everybody and congratulations for the idea of The Royal Court Of Twee! Here goes my list:

Twa Toots
Family
Club 8
The Field Mice
Fat Tulips

NB: Tweepop is a global phenomenon! There are/were lots of great acts outside Sweden and the English-speaking countries!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous anonymous jr. said...

I'm sorry Mr. Anonymous, but that first Soup Dragon's LP "Hang Ten" is pretty fucking twee!!!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everybody and congratulations for the idea of The Royal Court Of Twee! Here goes my list:

Twa Toots
Family
Club 8
The Field Mice
Fat Tulips

NB: Tweepop is a global phenomenon! There are/were lots of great acts outside Sweden and the English-speaking countries!

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Jemma said...

1. The Sea Urchins
2. Aberdeen
3. Tiger Trap
4. The Pastels
5. The Sugargliders

1:13 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

pip,
i don't know if you able to notice, but this is all in FUN. no where did i say this was the end all objective, best twee bands ever. twee means something slightly different to anyone who knows about it. if someone wants to look at felt as twee, then so be it. this list is going to 100% completely subjective and that's, i think, why it's gonna be interesting.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous jonas said...

They Go Boom MUST be on the ballot!!!!

#1 They Go Boom

- Secret Shine
- Another Sunny Day
- Brighter
- 14 Iced Bears

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

pastels
beat happening
blueboy
sea urchins
cub

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. The Softies
2. Belle & Sebastian
3. Field Mice
4. Math and Physics Club
5. All Girl Summer Fun Band

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

The Wake
Tullycraft
The Pastels
Secret Shine
Heavenly

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Spencer said...

1. Velvet Crush
2. Honeybunch
3. The Sugargliders
4. Veronica Lake
5. Northern Picture Library

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

1. aberdeen
2. brigher
3. heavenly
4. the field mice
5. the wake

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Hey! To be quite honest, the music my band Pants Yell! has recorded is better than at least 95% of the bands you twee losers have nominated for this dumb list.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous taryn said...

1) Blueboy
2) Another Sunny Day
3) The Pastels
4) St. Christopher
5) THEY GO BOOM.... yeah!!!!

4:19 PM  
Anonymous splashdown! said...

I agree the 'twee' tag is misleading. Most of the bands listed aren't 'twee' (thank god)...

Whenever I hear twee I just substitute 'jangly pop' and then my cognitive dissonance melts away.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

Andrew, I'm not sure I agree with you... but good luck with your band!

1. Beat Happening
2. 14 Iced Bears
3. The Field Mice
4. Cub
5. The Sugargliders

5:05 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

well, the royal court of jangle pop, or pop, or indiepop just doesnt sound as fun as twee. some people ate the word, i have no problems with it.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous robert said...

i love all the sarah records representation! this is such a great idea!!!! i consider all of these bands to be twee.

1. another sunny day
2. blueboy
3. the wake
4. the softies
5. brighter

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Aberdeen
2. The Cat's Miaow
3. Tullycraft
4. The Lucksmiths
5. math and physics club

7:24 PM  
Anonymous elise d. said...

The Field Mice
cub
Secret Shine
14 Iced Bears
They Go Boom

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. The Besties
2. Tullycraft
3. Gritty Kitty
4. Masters of the Hemisphere
5. Dressy Bessy

9:53 PM  
Anonymous S said...

Razorcuts
Orchids
The Siddeleys
Talulah Gosh
Jesus and Mary Chain

11:06 PM  
Anonymous nathan said...

1. The Pipettes
2. Mates Of State
3. Marine Research
4. Tullycraft
5. Bearsuit

2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Wolfie
2. Flatmates
3. Haywains
4. Soup Dragons (the twee years, of course, tho the later stuff is fine by me too. But not twee)
5. BMX Bandits

ok, that's sort of a personal list and I realize that the BMX Bandits are probably the only hall of famers on my top 5. cos I know if you're going to elect one band, it has to be Heavenly. Followed by Beat Happening, Talulah Gosh, TVP, Field Mice, and follow them up with a bunch of other great bands...

- JJ

4:00 AM  
Anonymous thomas said...

1. Blueboy
2. The Wake
3. The Field Mice
4. Veronica Lake
5. Courtney Love

9:33 AM  
Anonymous george said...

Young Marble Giants
The Pastels
Aberdeen
The Pooh Sticks
Honeybunch

11:37 AM  
Anonymous marc said...

My Top Five Twee

1. The Sea Urchins
2. Blueboy
3. St. Christopher
4. Black Tambourine
5. Secret Shine

- marc

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In descending order:
Beat Happening
Tiger Trap
Tullycraft
Lois
Cub

1:34 PM  
Blogger Lucas Hack said...

this would be my list:

1. the field mice
2. beat happening
3. heavenly
4. the softies
5. the lucksmiths

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Colin said...

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

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Lucksmiths
2. Boy Least Likely To
3. Beulah
4. Apples In Stereo
5. Loch Ness Mouse

10:00 AM  
Anonymous marta said...

1. heavenly
2. the field mice
3. lucksmiths
4. would-be-goods
5. free loan investments

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be quite honest, I've never been able to determine what the hell twee is, and what indie is, and all that rubish. So, I just went with what I liked, I figure that works best.

1. Beirut
2. Matt Pond PA
3. Virginia Coalition
4. Acid House Kings
5. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins


Lastly, I'd like to conclude by saying, I know people will look at these and be like....hey that's not twee, or that's not whatever. And I just feel like people keep looking at what others posted and then deciding what to post based on the views of others. So whether you like these picks or not doesn't matter, because they are simply my picks. With no influence from the other billion posts.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, elitists. You ruin the perception of music.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

um?

5:18 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

1. Architecture in Helsinki
2. Oh No! Oh My!
3. The Boy Least Likely To
4. Magnetic Fields
5. Kidz Bop

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

180 comments, and nobody mentioned the frank and walters? I always thought that was twee. They sound a lot like most other bands on this list.

It's cos they're irish isn't it?

7:13 PM  
Blogger jess manuel said...

1.STARS OF HEAVEN
2.APRIL SHOWERS
3.SHELLEYAN ORPHAN
4.SHOESTRINGS
5.THE BEST WISHES

I guarantee you all, these are all gems! i dare ya to dig 'em out! that's the beauty of indie pop, you never know what precious gems hidden underground.and when you finally hear them, you'll knock yourselves silly for not knowing 'em earlier!

JESS from VACAVILLE,CA.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.STEPHEN DUFFY
2.NICK HEYWARD
3.RODDY FRAME
4.LLOYD COLE
5.EDWYN COLLINS

These guys should be in the TWEE HALL OF FAME or whatever. Same goes for TERRY HALL, IAN BROUDIE, GO BETWEENS... damn lists. it's so restricting!!!


KURT

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come nobody's mentioning PIPAS? they're so twee, they make HEAVENLY sound like SEPULTURA!

KEANU

7:40 PM  
Blogger popXscene said...

brighter
heavenly
hot pursuit!
voxtrot
black tambourine

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Razorcuts
Heavenly
The Softies
Belle & Sebastian
Nixon
One Thousand Violins

That was only five wasn't it.
Yup, think so.

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. The Sprites
2. Saturday Looks Good to Me
3. Aislers Set
4. Of Montreal
5. Mirah & Ginger (or Mirah alone)

10:23 PM  
Anonymous James A. said...

1. Tiger Trap
2. The Vaselines
3. Beat Happening
4. Go Sailor
5. The Pastels

I can't you've all forgotten about the Vaselines! Surely they're twee enough to be on this list?

Oh man that was a hard list to come up with.

x jamie

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anybody said Pants Yell! yet?

10:59 PM  
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