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Old 03-02-2019, 01:44 AM
khouri
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Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
For some dumb insomnia reason I counted the number of tracks I like on each album and scored it like a school test. For example, I like every song on Dubnobass, so that’s 9/9 or 100%. On Barking I like four out of nine tracks, and 4/9 is 44%.

So here are Underworld’s albums ranked from most to least favorite as determined by science.

Tie:
Dubnnobasswithnyheadman - 100%
Second Toughest in the Infants - 100%

Beaucoup Fish - 90%
Oblivion With Bells - 73%
A Hundred Days Off - 70%
Barbara Barabra, We Face A Shining Future - 50%
Barking - 44%

Last edited by khouri; 03-02-2019 at 12:12 PM.
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Old 03-02-2019, 11:58 AM
joethelion
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
Do you include both discs for Barking, or just the 'main album'

Dubnnobasswithnyheadman - 8/9 (I just can't 'get into' Surfboy)

Second Toughest in the Infants - 8/8 = 100%

What's funny, is that I didn't like the album at all when I first bought it. It wasn't until after I bought BF, and something clicked. I think I maybe just wasn't 'the right time'. I probably wouldn't have become a fan of UW had I not been up late one night watching Mtv, and saw the video for "Push Upstairs."

Beaucoup Fish - 11/11 = 100%

A Hundred Days Off - 7/10 = 70%

Oblivion With Bells - this was a hard one for me, b/c it's a really great album, but I also feel that you need to be in just the right mood / headspace for a bulk of the album... 6/11 = 54.5%

Barking - 7/9 = 77.8%

Barbara Barabra, We Face A Shining Future - 4/8 (if you include 23 Blue) = 50%
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:11 PM
khouri
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
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Originally Posted by joethelion View Post
Do you include both discs for Barking, or just the 'main album?
Just the standard issue. I figured bonus tracks would vary from person to person and mess up the SCIENCE.

BTW I didnít like Surfboy either until the remaster, then it sounded like a brand new song to me.
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Old 03-04-2019, 07:48 AM
potatobroth
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
wow, fun! for Science! Here are mine and the songs I'd typically skip in (parentheses).
Bold highest score, Itals lowest score.

88% – Dubno: 8/9 (Surfboy)
87% – STiTI: 7/8 (Stagger; never did much for me)
90% – BF: 10/11 (Push Downstairs; I'd skip Shudder if I could :/)
80% – AHDO: 8/10 (Ess Gee, Little Speaker: i prefer the demo album to the released one with longer Twist and MoMove)
66% – OwB: 8/12 inc Loads of Birds (Crocodile, Boy Boy Boy, Cuddle Bunny, Cockerel)
70% – Barking: 7/10 Inc Simple Peal (Grace, Between Stars, Simple Peal)
75% – Barbara Barbara: 6/8 incl 23 Blue (I Exhale, Nylon Strung)

Last edited by potatobroth; 03-07-2019 at 05:51 AM.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:00 PM
dubman
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
[puts on multi-lens glasses & zizek voice]
yesh but have you chried ranking eash track indivishually, zshen calculating zshe averagshe to get zshe mosht realishtic zhcore


short version:

Second Toughest in the Infants: 91%
Dubnobasswithmyheadman: 82%
Beaucoup Fish: 80%
Riverrun: 75%
Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future: 74%
A Hundred Days Off: 66%
Oblivion With Bells: 64%
Barking: 42%


even though this extremely scientific ranking takes a deep backseat to the rating i'd give out of personal sentiment/impact, there aren't too many surprises in here, even though this was fun to do. If I had more time I'd go by era to include b-sides/rarities

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Dubno
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Dark & Long: 10/10, MmmSkyscraper: 9/10, Surfboy: 7/10, Spoonman: 8/10, Tongue: 8/10, Dirty Epic: 10/10, Cowgirl: 10/10, River of Bass: 8/10, M.E.: 4/10
Total: 74 / 9 = 8.222 = 82%

Second Toughest
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Juanita: 10/10, Banstyle: 10/10, Confusion: 10/10, Rowla: 8/10, Pearl's Girl: 10/10, Air Towel: 10/10, Blueski: 8/10, Stagger: 7/10 (-2 points for the "cover your teeth..." part tbh)

Total: 73 / 8 = 91.25 = 91%

Tonight, Matthew, I'm Going to be Underworld
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Cups: 10/10, Push Upstairs: 10/10, Jumbo: 8/10, King of Snake 9.5/10, Winjer: 7/10, Skym: 6/10, Bruce Lee: 7/10, Kittens: 6/10, Push Downstairs: 8/10, Something Like a Mama: 7/10, Moaner: 10/10
Total 88.5 / 11 = 8.04 = 80%


AHDO
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Momove: 7/10, Two Months Off: 8/10, Twist: 6/10, Sola Sistim: 4/10, Little Speaker: 9/10, Trim: 2/10, Ess Gee: 7/10, Dinosaur Adventure 3D: 6/10, Ballet Lane: 7/10, Luetin: 10/10
Total: 66 / 10 = 6.6 = 66%


Riverrun
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Lovely Broken Thing
JAL to Tokyo: 9/10, Billy Goat: 8/10, Peggy Sussed: 6/10, Dub Shepard: 8/10, Lenny Penne: 8.5/10, Monkey Witness: 7/10, Witness: 7/10
Total: 53.5 / 7 = 7.6 = 76%
Pizza For Eggs
Food A Ready: 8/10, Back in the Fears: 7/10, Vanilla Monkey: 10/10, (Skipping Flatz tbh), Ancient Phat Farm Coat: 8/10, Play Pig: 7.5/10
Total: 40.5 / 5 = 8.1 = 81%
I'm a Big Sister And I'm A Girl, And I'm A Princess And This Is My Horse
Peach Tree: 9/10, Mowed Path: 6.5/10, Showlder: 6/10, Wedge: 7/10, 11 Hundred Hz: 6/10
Total: 34.5 / 5 = 6.9 = 69%
226 / 3 = 75%


Oblivion With Bells
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Crocodile: 7.5/10, Beautiful Burnout: 9/10, Holding the Moth: 8/10, To Heal: 6.5/10, Ring Road: 2/10, Glam Bucket: 9/10, Boy Boy Boy: 0/10, Cuddle Bunny: 8/10, Faxed Invitation: 8/10, Good Morning Cockerel: 6/10, Best Mamgu Ever: 6/10, Loads of Birds: 6.5/10

Total: 76.5 / 11 = 6.38 = 64%

Barking
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Bird 1: 7/10, ALAF: 4/10, Scribble: 3/10, Hamburg Hotel: 6/10, Grace: 5/10, Between Stars: 5/10, Diamond Jigsaw: 3/10, Moon in Water: 3/10, Louisiana: 2/10
Total: 38 / 9 = 4.2 = 42%

Barbara Barbara
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I Exhale: 8.5/10, If Rah: 8.5/10, Low Burn: 6/10, Santiago Cuatro: 7/10, Motorhome: 5/10, Ova Nova: 9/10, Nylon Strung: 8/10, Twenty Three Blue: 7.5/10
59.5 / 8 = 7.4 = 74%

Last edited by dubman; 03-05-2019 at 06:28 PM.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:44 PM
dubman
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
dunno why my post isn't showing up on the thread list but i'm too vain to let it disappear so i'm posting again
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:25 PM
khouri
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
Holy shit. Dubman has thrown down the gauntlet. Will have to revisit.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:36 AM
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
Revelling in just how staggeringly different mine and dubman's opinions are. Excellent post.

Last edited by purlieu; 03-07-2019 at 04:43 AM.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:27 PM
dubman
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
Quote:
Originally Posted by purlieu View Post
Revelling in just how staggeringly different mine and dubman's opinions are. Excellent post.

Yeah i got a hint of that from your posts in the other thread i hijacked. plus my preferences have subtly morphed on their own over time. i wanna get in your head and see your list though!
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:20 AM
purlieu
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Re: Determine Your Favorite Underworld Album - With SCIENCE!
Quote:
Originally Posted by dubman View Post
i wanna get in your head and see your list though!
Ok then

Dubno
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Dark & Long: 8/10, MmmSkyscraper: 9/10, Surfboy: 6/10, Spoonman: 6/10, Tongue: 9/10, Dirty Epic: 10/10, Cowgirl: 7/10, River of Bass: 4/10, M.E.: 10/10
Total: 69 / 9 = 7.666 = 77%

Second Toughest
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Juanita: 9/10, Banstyle: 10/10, Confusion: 6/10, Rowla: 4/10, Pearl's Girl: 9/10, Air Towel: 7/10, Blueski: 6/10, Stagger: 7/10
Total: 58 / 8 = 7.25 = 73%

Beaucoup Fish
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Cups: 9/10, Push Upstairs: 9/10, Jumbo: 9/10, King of Snake 6/10, Winjer: 8/10, Skym: 7/10, Bruce Lee: 8/10, Kittens: 6/10, Push Downstairs: 6/10, Something Like a Mama: 10/10, Moaner: 7/10
Total 85 / 11 = 7.7272 = 77%

AHDO
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Momove: 9/10, Two Months Off: 7/10, Twist: 6/10, Sola Sistim: 8/10, Little Speaker: 6/10, Trim: 7/10, Ess Gee: 9/10, Dinosaur Adventure 3D: 4/10, Ballet Lane: 8/10, Luetin: 10/10
Total: 74 / 10 = 7.4 = 74%

Riverrun
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Honestly never paid attention to the separate 'tracks' (and don't even know what half of them are called), but I'd give Lovely Broken Thing an 8, Pizza for Eggs a 5 and I'm a Big Sister 8 probably. Lack of physicals mean it's also an era I know far less than the others.

Oblivion With Bells
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Crocodile: 7/10, Beautiful Burnout: 10/10, Holding the Moth: 9/10, To Heal: 8/10, Ring Road: 9/10, Glam Bucket: 9/10, Boy Boy Boy: 7/10, Cuddle Bunny: 7/10, Faxed Invitation: 8/10, Good Morning Cockerel: 10/10, Best Mamgu Ever: 10/10
Total: 94 / 11 = 8.5454 = 85%

Barking
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Bird 1: 7/10, ALAF: 5/10, Scribble: 6/10, Hamburg Hotel: 7/10, Grace: 8/10, Between Stars: 3/10, Diamond Jigsaw: 8/10, Moon in Water: 4/10, Louisiana: 9/10
Total: 58 / 9 = 6.44 = 64%

Barbara Barbara
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I Exhale: 8/10, If Rah: 8/10, Low Burn: 8/10, Santiago Cuatro: 4/10, Motorhome: 6/10, Ova Nova: 8/10, Nylon Strung: 9/10
51 / 7 = 7.28 = 73%

The most obvious differences are M.E., Diamond Jigsaw, Louisiana, and the bulk of OWB.
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