May 10

Great News For All Our Readers!

FT/24 comments • 445 views

I am really excited about this one! For the last several years, Mike at Troubled-Diva has been running a fantastic feature called Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? The format is simple: the Top 10s from today, 10 years ago, 20 years ago and so on are run against one another, one number at a time – so first we hear all the No.10s, then all the No.9s, and so on. Votes are cast, tallied, and after much horse-trading and POP SCIENCE an answer to the featured question is arrived at (Here’s the feature as, er, featured at Troubled Diva).

Summer 1960: Kids prepare to battle the future in a time-spanning pop war.

Mike isn’t blogging so much at T-D now and felt it was time to shake the Which Decade format up. He offered to do it here. Since it’s a) a great idea and b) proven excellent fun, I was absolutely delighted to agree.

So as of next week, Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? 2010 will be appearing at freakytrigger.co.uk, alongside your regular pop features. The top tens of 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 will be abasing themselves to curry YOUR favour. History lesson, all-in pop wrestle and generational WAR all in one ticktastic feature.

Quite frankly, it is going to be BRILLIANT.


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    byebyepride on 4 May 2010 #

    Hurrah! An excellent signing by the FT manager.

  2. 2
    Lex on 4 May 2010 #

    Looking fwd to this!

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    Alan on 4 May 2010 #


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    jeff w on 4 May 2010 #

    What #1, #2 and #3 said.

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    lonepilgrim on 4 May 2010 #

    What #1, #2, #3 and #4 said.

  6. 6
    JonnyB on 4 May 2010 #

    What (etc)

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    Alan on 4 May 2010 #

    What #4 said, but not what #5 said

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    Steve Mannion on 4 May 2010 #

    I heartily endorse this.

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    Conrad on 4 May 2010 #


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    thefatgit on 4 May 2010 #


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    mike on 5 May 2010 #

    However excited you lot may be, I AM EXCITED MORE.

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    David Belbin on 5 May 2010 #


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    Tom on 5 May 2010 #

    (I should point out that WDITFP will be run by Mike with no editorial interference other than hastily clearing up the trailing wires of our various plug-ins. I will be an enthusiastic voter!)

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    Erithian on 5 May 2010 #

    Great stuff Mike, and pleased to see it’ll now be a six-way tussle. Plus if it starts next week you’ll have moved on from using your birthday top 10s to using mine. Double good.

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    admin on 5 May 2010 #

    “hastily clearing up the trailing wires of our various plug-ins”


    when mike has a login i think we need to make him an ‘editor’ to give him access to the poll plugin controls.

    then there’s the business of the “[ballot]” poll title to keep polls secret.

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    mike on 5 May 2010 #

    #15 – Not sure whether the “Which Decade” scoring system will lend itself to a poll plugin, as each round involves ranking six songs in order of preference, rather than just voting for your favourite(s)…?

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    Tom on 5 May 2010 #

    Yeah unless we do something a lot more complex with a survey plug-in the comments + votes system just works best.

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    admin on 5 May 2010 #

    fair dos. now i think about it i wasn’t sure if the format was to be revised, and TBH at the time i wasn’t even thinking straight, just going ‘ooo more polls!!!!!’

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    Jimmy the Swede on 5 May 2010 #

    Cosmic, Tommy. Although I predict a hung parliament and a second ballot later in the year.

  20. 20
    mike on 8 May 2010 #

    Erm… still waiting for login access! Could somebody please bung me an invite to mikejla@btopenworld.com – thanks.

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    Alan on 8 May 2010 #

    If you click ‘Login’ top right in the red strip at the top, you can register as a regular subscriber, then comment here with that login, and we’ll bump you up to contributor.

  22. 22
    Tom on 8 May 2010 #

    Mike I sent you an email this morning with details and password – did you get it?

  23. 23
    Tom on 8 May 2010 #

    Ah OK I’d sent it to your OTHER email.

    (The thrilling workings of FT editorial laid bare for our readers here)

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    Mike Atkinson on 8 May 2010 #

    Ah, I think it’s all sorted now. Thanks both.

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