Well it's taken a while... but here it is folks.
What is Walrus?
Walrus is a game wherein you select music, & other people judge your music. Standard Walrus usually has 1 host who selects all the categories, & a bunch of people submit songs & the host judges all the songs in each category.
HOWEVER…. This Walrus is slightly different. This category will be adjudged by two individuals – with entirely different tastes and likes/dislikes!
So without further adieu allow me to introduce my co-judge for this Walrus…..
A Friend. Their identity will remain a closely guarded secret until the reveal, but never fear – they do actually exist… allegedly.
Why are we doing this?
Necro: I want to hear more music. I wouldn’t say my personality is designed by music, but I love listening to it. I’m not the most talented when it comes to music, although I do sing in public on occasion, but I would say I have a very diverse range of stuff I will listen to. I’m not influenced per se by anyone when it comes to music, though my tendencies do turn to the familiar a lot. What can I say, I’m a lazy arse.
A Friend: I was dragged into this kicking and screaming by Necro. Jokes aside, I’m looking forward to this.
What kind of music are we into?
Necro: Bit of everything. Main genres I would listen to are pop, rap, some hip-hop, country and western, rock and some Irish folk music when I’m feeling like chilling. I do like dance music, but I’m an old school 90s child tbh, techno and electronic music don’t really do it for me. Reggae is another that’s really hit and miss, and songs where the lead singer screams at me like I ran over his dog have me turning the dial almost instantly. Favourite band (shock, horror) of all time is Oasis. I just love their stuff, either the snarling vocals of Liam or the softer mellower sound of Noel. I’m also for my sins a big Westlife fan, it mainly began as they were from nearby, but then I just actually liked their stuff – and I’m not even slightly apologetic about it! Modern music in the last 5 years I really can’t get into sadly, either through lack of time or because I consider it horrendous. As a result whilst I like songs from certain artists, I don’t really have a favourite per se.
A Friend: Hmm, my interests, I don't mean to be that person but I will give almost anything a go. I'm up for opening my horizons on this too as part of the point of partaking in the game. I can't think of any 'Nope' beyond...Metal is cool, but tread lightly with Doom or Death metal. I would like to keep this musical!
So, after our lengthy introduction that probably only 3 people will read, here are our categories. Reminder to send your choices via PM. Just a small note that due to time constraints sign-ups for this Walrus will be limited to 15 entries.
The Ballad of Chacey Lain: A croony love song or an anthem of power? We just LOVE our ballads. Send us one that you just can’t get out of your head.
Favourite Irish Song: As song-writing goes, we're a nation which punches well above its weight and competes with the world's best. Give us a song that you love which is written by an Irish songwriter/band.
The song has to be written by a songwriter from the Republic or Northern Ireland, but the version you like/submit can be performed by a singer/band of any nationality. Rough example: Bono wrote 'One', and U2's original version is famous, but Johnny Cash put his own refined spin on it which is also well known and generally liked.
A Song For Europe: Before the Eurovision became a political contest largely dominated by Eastern Bloc loyalties, it was a legitimately fun and novel contest each year. Submit us a song from an artist that contested the Eurovision at any stage in time.
Lord/Lady of the Dance: One of Necro’s favourite things about music is how it makes people hit the floor and get their boogie on when they hear a certain song. Send us one that gets you on your feet and grooving everytime you hear it!!
'Forever Young': So many artists have been taken from us in their prime or before their time, but not without leaving some treasure for us to sift through for the rest of our own days. Give us a song from one of those artists who means a lot to you.
Note: It can be a member of a band either, and it doesn't have to be the singer/main songwriter. For instance, Led Zeppelin effectively called it a day and were never the same again after the premature death of their drummer John Bonham.
Best Song In The World: All of the Walrus categories so far have been catered to various tastes and topics. But let us see what YOU think we would like. Pick your favourite song ever and submit it to us.
And that's it. Sign Ups are now open, and we'll keep them open until 26th August, or when the 15 person limit has been reached, whichever is sooner.
Reveal will take place in early September across maybe a week or possibly two (but no longer than that, A Friend has other pressing commitments in late September!)
Hope you enjoy our categories, send your entry via PM to Necro and he'll endeavour to share with A Friend.
The intention of the mystery judge is not to annoy people btw, it's to keep a bit of mystique about the contest and have a bit of craic at the same time.