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Song Contest 126 (Results posted!)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:05 pm
by Song Contest
Welcome to the One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Song Contest! You are a valued customer.

Submit your song via this FANCY FORM!

What is the MafiaScum Song Contest?

The MafiaScum Song Contest is a competition modeled after the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It's a means to gain exposure to new music through the tastes of your peers, like it or not. Those that enter must also vote for the people they are running against based on how much they like the songs. Everyone picks an alias in the form of a country (any one of your choosing) and sends in a song that they like in order to expose it to the other contestants. After voting, they are tallied in the thread and a winner is named. No matter who wins, everyone wins by gaining new knowledge of songs, artists, albums and genres of music in the process!

List of Previously Entered Songs

How to Participate in the Song Contest:

1. Find a song that you like on any internet medium that isn't restricted or private.

2. Submit it via the form linked above!

3. Wait until I reveal the entries. You may or may not be cut (as stated at the end of this post).

4. Once entries are revealed, you will rank your top 10 countries! You will do this via a Google Form link to be provided later. The point values are as follows:

12 points - 1st
10 - 2nd
8 - 3rd
7 - 4th
6 - 5st
5 - 6th
4 - 7th
3 - 8th
2 - 9th
1 - 10th

Please rate fairly by giving all countries a listen. You may not vote for yourself. Everyone, regardless of entry or cut status, may vote, so you can still participate even if you chose not to enter or if you got cut! However, if those that entered and are accepted do not vote, they will get a 20 point penalty and be banned from entering in the next contest, so please consider that before entering.

5. Wait for results. It's that simple!

What entries are/aren't allowed?

In order to eliminate bias, certain entries based on previous performance are banned. After dozens of contests and a following of a vague "Code of Ethics" by the Song Contest population, there have been so many entries that a rule system is now in place as to what can and cannot be entered. Please refer to the list of entered songs linked above and CTRL+F your artist AND song name to make sure it isn't included in the following list.

What isn't allowed?

-You cannot enter an artist that has won ANY contest in the past, no matter how far away that contest is.
-You cannot enter an artist that has been entered in the last 15 contests.
-You cannot enter a song that has been entered before, regardless of placement. (You can enter a cover or different version of that song.) For example: You cannot enter in "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes, but you can enter in "The Hardest Button to Button" by The White Stripes.
-You cannot enter an artist that has gotten Top 3 in a Battle of the Best. For example: You may not enter anything by the Doves, as they got 2nd in a BotB.
-You cannot enter something that is not a "song". We generally interpret this term very loosely, but here are some examples:

Things considered a song: Anything created with an actual artist and song title that is INTENDED for the listener, even if it's painful to listen or even if there's nothing included (Examples: Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit, Eminem - Lose Yourself, Barney - I Love You, John Cage - 4'33, Sunn 0))) - 0))) Bow 1, etc.)

Things not considered a song: Anything without an artist or title, a video clip of something random, a comedy routine (unless it's an actual song a la Stephen Lynch), a large square wave, an animal barking, total silence not being attributed to an artist, etc. (Examples: A clip of Louis CK's Shameless, an ibex screeching, a clip of a game show, a clip of someone screaming, etc.)

I will let you know if your entry does not meet the criteria of a "song," but it should be fairly obvious.

What IS allowed, then?

-You can enter an artist that has gotten 2nd or lower at least 15 contests ago, as long as you do not repeat a song.
-You can enter an artist that got top 3 in a song contest, unless it won that contest or also got top 3 in a Battle of the Best.
-You can enter a different version of a song entered before, such as a cover (or the original if the cover was entered first). For example, Johnny Cash's "Hurt" has already been entered, but you can still enter Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt".

Other than that, you're good! If your entry violates one of these rules, you'll have until the deadline to fix it or we reserve the right to deny your entry (as if you haven't entered one at all) due to time constraints.

Reserved Countries

The Federated States of Micronesia
Hong Kong
Saudi Arabia
Ivory Coast

Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, December 3.

If we get more than 26 entries, the 26 participants in the competition will be decided based on the following criteria:

1. First-time entrants

2. Last winner (KittyMo)

3. Current Song Contest Team (toolenduso and JurgenVW)

4. Any entrant who was cut in the period of the last 3 contests (except those cut for not voting) and has not used their guaranteed bid.
3 Contests remaining: Nobody!
2 Contests remaining: Nobody!
1 Contest remaining: Nobody!

5. Everyone else

Anyone who does not make the cut is guaranteed a spot in one of the next 3 contests.

The following people will be ineligible to enter for not voting in SC125: Adorabebs and KuroiXHF

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:05 pm
by Song Contest
Votes are due on Monday, December 17 at 11:59 p.m. (23:59) Pacific Time!

Use this form to submit your votes!


Christopher Larkin - Sealed Vessel



Mithras - Howling of the Distant Spaces


South Korea

Russell Crowe as Javert in Les Misérables - Stars



Auri - I Hope Your World Is Kind


The Federated States of Micronesia

The White Stripes - Effect and Cause



Komar & Melamid and Dave Soldier - The Most Unwanted Song



Andrés - Andrespacito



The Rubens - God Forgot



Dankó Szilvia - Jegenyefán fészket rak a csóka


Republic of South Ossetia
Alternative link

Goodnight, Texas - Tucumcari



Japanese Breakfast - Boyish



Gorillaz - Kids With Guns (Jamie T Remix)



The Dead South - In Hell I'll Be In Good Company


(Video is slightly NSFW)

R3HAB & KSHMR - Karate



Tom McGuire and the Brassholes - Ric Flair



Minus the Bear - Dr. L'Ling


Alternative link

Sydney Gish - Bird Tutorial



Nezumihanabi - クラッシュ (I think it means Crash)


Alternative link

Kate Nash - Merry Happy



Laura Voutilainen - Liljankukka


PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:17 pm
by Parama
I'm joining this one and sending death metal, right side for sure but idc

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:45 am
by xyzzy
I can't submit "Christmas Unicorn" by Sufjan Stevens because Mina won SC82 with "Chicago", but just pretend I submitted that and listen to it anyway.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:50 am
by Panzerjager

PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:11 am
by Scigatt
I probably can't submit this under the current rules, so here's something.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:38 pm
by toolenduso
Pretty happy with how Animals as Leaders did last contest, I must say.

If anybody wants to check out more, I'd highly recommend listening to the rest of the album that song was from (The Joy of Motion).

Or, you can try this "best of" playlist I made for myself a while ago on YouTube: ... cu0jVaIZpW

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:36 am
by Plotinus
The jackdaw makes its nest in the poplar tree
A brown-haired lad taught me how to kiss

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:43 am
by Panzerjager
i was surprised..

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:12 am
by Irrelephant11
In post 3, xyzzy wrote:I can't submit "Christmas Unicorn" by Sufjan Stevens because Mina won SC82 with "Chicago", but just pretend I submitted that and listen to it anyway.

yes so good!

this is my very clever way to "ego" without saying "ego" itt

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:42 am
by Errantparabola
one more song contest before i get to torture you all with jacob collier once more

PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:44 pm
by Song Contest
Reminder: entries are due by the end of Monday!

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:51 am
by toolenduso
In post 10, Errantparabola wrote:one more song contest before i get to torture you all with jacob collier once more

Down the Line is on my all-time best Song Contest entries list.

I entered something from the long-ago times of 2007.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:09 pm
by Creature
lmao I can't even write the song and the artist now

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:10 am
by Parama

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:07 pm
by xyzzy

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:21 pm
by Song Contest
Entries posted!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:09 pm
by Parama
How are Gorillaz still eligible for this contest this has to be like the third or fourth time they've been entered

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:11 pm
by Tammy
Dammit! I meant to join this one and forgot again. :(

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:25 pm
by xyzzy
Andorra - ImageImage - the general principle stands as always that I probably won't rate videogame music very highly in Song Contest. it's not that it's bad or anything -- it's that the music works best when you've got the emotional connection of having played the game while listening to this song. this is certainly above average compared to some of the other videogame music folks have submitted in past contests, but I just don't think it works outside of the context in which it was originally presented.
Iceland - Image - I spend about the first minute of this just feeling like the whole thing was a bit sonically unpleasant. then I was like "oh this second minute is much worse than the minute that preceded it" and I thought it couldn't get worse. then two minutes in I'm hit by the vocals. this was a bad experience and I'm upset that I was forced to have it thrust upon me. this one gets only one half of a Willie from me.
South Korea - Image - I have neither seen nor read any version of this musical, so I don't really have any context for whether this is a good performance of this character, but I get the sense that this should probably be a lot more bombastic and energetic than what's actually here. this just sounds kind of tepid.
Slovenia - ImageImageImage - there are usually one or two songs per contest where they're not really something I would ever listen to independent of having to listen to them for Song Contest but I can still respect them for being things that clearly took care and thoughtfulness for the artists to create. that's pretty much where I'm at with this -- listen, I'd be lying to you if I said I ever planned to listen to a Finnish folk band that writes songs based on a book series I haven't read ever again, but I'm not mad that I listened to them once.
The Federated States of Micronesia - Image - I shouldn't be forced to listen to a whole White Stripes song against my will.
Liechtenstein - ImageImage - thank goodness someone was finally willing to shine a light on the important issue of which major retailer I can do all my Yom Kippur shopping at.
USA - ImageImageImageImageImage - this is incredible. I love it. I'm listening to the full album this song is from and I'm 3 songs in and it's amazing.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:27 pm
by Parama
Yeah that's about what I expect

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:46 pm
by Errantparabola
potential alternate link for egypt:

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:47 pm
by Song Contest
In post 17, Parama wrote:How are Gorillaz still eligible for this contest this has to be like the third or fourth time they've been entered

Fourth time, yes (fifth if you count the time somebody submitted a cover version of Feel Good Inc). Which makes them one of the most-entered artists in SC history. But they've never been higher than third place, this song has never been entered and it's been 21 contests since the last time they were entered.

In post 21, Errantparabola wrote:potential alternate link for egypt:

Damn, I kept telling myself to remember to put that in. I'll do it now.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:56 am
by Plotinus

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:02 am
by Xtoxm
Thanks plot