Monday, February 18, 2008

Fanfarlo

Purpose:
Determine a band's leader by analyzing a publicity photo.

Disclaimer:
A band's inclusion on this blog reflects neither an endorsement nor a criticism of its music. This post is merely intended as a spotlight on the inner political workings of a collection of individuals who are in the midst of a cooperative, creative endeavor.

The Process:
You, dear reader, please answer the question, "Who's in charge here?"

After sufficient discussion has taken place, a verdict can then be passed based on a majority vote.

Click on pic for a larger imageBand: Fanfarlo
Genre: Sensitivindie
Website: http://www.fanfarlo.com/

Voting ends on: Monday, February 25th, 9:00am CST (GMT-6)


THE VERDICT (Updated!)

Voting has ended. Here is the tally.

Hang Loose Devil Horns - 9 votes
The Girl - 16 votes
The Redhead - 4 votes
The Top - 5 votes
Bottom Left - 2 votes
Green shirt - 4 votes



Thanks to everyone who voted!

As the voters have clearly indicated, the top of a pyramid does not a leader make -- maybe the top is just the skinniest dude.

Of course if the skinniest guy in your band is Iggy Pop, then the leader very well might top the pyramid (please don't make me be under Iggy Pop in a pyramid, I beg of you).

But enough about the politics of pyramids, it really doesn't matter. The Girl is in charge! Congrats to The Girl!


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44 comments:

Jillian said...

I was initially temped to guess that the person on top of the pyramid was in charge, but then I remembered that with Human Pyramids, you almost always go by size and weight rather than managerial and leadership skills and this pyramid is no different. The guy on top is really small and doesn't look like someone the rest would look up to. Which naturally leads us to consider the big strong men at the bottom of the pyramid. Two of whom are actually working hard keeping the pyramid steady and one who's clearly not pulling his weight as far as this pyramid goes, but he does seem to have the weight of the groups' hopes and dreams on his shoulders. The Hang Loose guy is definitly the leader.

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I agree with Jillian. Hang loose guy is definitely the leader.
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BeckEye said...

I think man-on-top and Hang Loose are both red herrings. It's the chick. All of those guys look like dorks, so they do whatever that girl says, in the hopes of getting into her pants.

k8theriver said...

devil horns. he thinks his idea of a pyramid is awesome.

cfoley said...

the girl is so in charge. you can tell all the guys love her. and it's so obvious that their attempts to woo her via music have gone unnoticed. either way, she's the leader.

dguzman said...

These idiots are in a band? Wow.

Okay. uh--I'll go with long-arm red-headed guy. Normally, I'd go with the chick in these situations (all guys/one girl bands) but in this case, I think she's way too low-key to be in charge; she's probably some music major who plays keyboards for the band so they could "explore that oevre" or something like that.

Hatless in Hattiesburg said...

the girl is actually the one in charge, for the reasons that beckeye & cfoley mentioned.

A said...

the guy on top

Lonie Polony said...

The guy at the apex, I would have thought. I don't think there's much to choose between them in terms of looks or coolness. Tattooed Proclaimers look-alike is the rebellious son of well-off tory parents who own the English country house with manicured lawns.

Lott Holtz said...

Devil Horns guy, because he's able to hold up the pyramid with only one hand. He's obviously strong enough to lead a group.

ie said...

i think i learned the algorithm. the leader is usually the one, whose eyes are most clearly visible and the one who looks more extravert. and in some cacses the one whos face is wide rather then triangle.

Anna M-W said...

It's the woman. Only a woman could organize something so difficult!

bizarro gnome said...

one-handed with devil horns (bottom middle).

Dan said...

I was thinking that green shirt guy was the creative force - and a little shy in front of the camera, but I'm going to go with white t-shirt guy on the bottom left. He looks like he knows what he wants, and the rest are just there for character.

Just Allison said...

i was going to go with the hang loose guy - but my eye kept being drawn to orange guy - orange hair, orange shirt.

i think he's in charge.

MeaMea said...

Rock on dude (bottom center), clearly because he wants the world to know what his band is all about so he's getting the message out

Jess Wundrun said...

Every single one of them was cut from "Up with People".

Hook 'em Horns is simply lucky to be alive. Everyone, particularly me, thinks he's a butt.

It's the girl.

p0nk said...

good analysis skills going on here... Human Pyramid politics, being what they are, automatically rule out top guy as was mentioned by Jillian and others.
Bottom three are the weight bearers. Of those 3, red-headed step-child is automatically out. devil-horns reminds me of the party drunk passed out in the front yard that we prank by building a pyramid around him. He's trying to act like he's in on the fun, but it's a feeble attempt. Bottom left is strong silent type. he's the muscle but NOT the leader.
One hot chick (good call, beckeye) among a group of geeky guys always has ultimate control but...
The leader of this group is green t-shirt guy who organized the whole pyramid so that he could be next to hot chick.

FunkyBizzle said...

The chick. No way would she be caught dead with the rest of these losers if she weren't controlling them in her sick little game like the puppetmaster. I'll bet she tells all of them, "No, you're the one I REALLY like...but let's keep it a secret, 'K?"

p0nk said...

funky, you and i must have dated the same women.

Dave said...

the girl

A Jaded Girl said...

I have to agree with pOnk. Green shirt guy hands down.

Eric said...

I'm voting for the chick. Hang loose dude must be the drummer.

assholehermitbitch said...

Well, any redhead who choses to wear a red t-shirt is clearly calling ALL attention to himself. He wants you to recognize that he's the one you need to talk to about bookings, PR, and contracts. The red head is in charge here.

Jennifer said...

Top of the pyramid guy is definitely out, as many have previously mentioned. Green shirt isn't even looking into the camera--he is looking at whatever is interesting to the right of him and is clearly not sure enough of himself to lead a band. The same goes for red shirt red hair who is looking at the camera, but hiding behind his hair. The rock hand/devil horn dude really wants to be noticed but his eyes are closed. No true leader would be cool with that picture representing them. So, that leaves the chick and white shirt, who I think are brother and sister and both in charge, although she is a little more in charge.

Bloody Awful Poetry said...

I'm going to agree with beckeye. All the guys, in one way or another,look like dorks,and two of them can't even bring themselves to look at the camera full on. It has to be chick who is in charge, no question.

Lulubelle B said...

Yep - it's the girl.

heals said...

any guy on the bottom of a pyramid is, by default, not in charge. guy on top is too weak to hold anyone up. green shirt is embarrassed to be there, rightfully so. the chick's in charge.

Srawr42 said...

The one on top.
Why? 'cause he's on top. Obviously trying to dominate.

Brit said...

I am also going to go with the Hang Loose Guy in the middle at the bottom.

Executive Sous Chef R. Alan said...

I'm shooting from the hip on this one. The girl. That nose, her chin lifted. She knows why she's there, she arranged it. Promo shot, smile. Yes. She's in charge.

Tara said...

I have to go with devil horns guy. He's clearly the focal point.

Tara said...

Oooh, can I change my answer? I just gave the picture another look (larger view) and I have to go with the chick. Sorry - I'll study harder next time.

Azryelle Asterius said...

Hang loose guy. He's so happy he convinced all these tards this was a good idea to do for a photoshoot. He's in charge!

Rhubarb Ranch said...

Horns, horned-rims, greased-back hair, tats, bottom center: he's your man.

Jared X said...

Carrot top, bottom right, is in charge.

The chick is sleeping with him and therefore thinks that she's actually pulling the strings. But she tied a sweater around her neck for a photo that involved a human pyramid. I'm sure she's always complaining how cold it is in the studio. This isn't a person in charge. It's someone who'll be replaced as soon as Carrot Top finds a lower maintenance "friend" to play the tambourine and sing backup.

anandamide said...

the guy at the bottom center is the drummer, obviously. as these guys are clearly indie and it isn't cool to have an ego, i'd say the dude in the green shirt in the middle row....

Shakespeare Theatre Company said...

I say guy on the bottom left of the pyramid. He is focused and ready for any challenge! He must be the leader.

Manx said...

I'm guessing they're trying to represent the food chain pyramid. In which case the second tier devours the bottom row and then the guy at the top leisurely grazes on the second row.

My theory: Top Guy, the ultimate predator.

Freida Bee said...

ALright, this is a tough one. THey're all such good kids and you guys all have good points. I agree that the bottom middle is the drummer, but that does not mean he's not in charge. He knows all the other bands and folks that work at clubs. Without him, the band is a bunch of squares, but I do have to ask, if he were in charge, would he pick all these other squares to be in his band? I'm going with the young woman.

Lovely Leslie said...

This was a difficult decision for me!! Everyone has stated good points but my gut feeling is the Red head guy on the bottom!

ragnarok2k said...

beckeye said it all!!

It's the chick!

ThePeachTree said...

Hmmmm I'd say green shirt or orange shirt! If I had to pick one, Gree shirt :)

Family Fielding Brown. said...

I do go with Mr Apex, although his diminutive size may be a contributing factor, I note his direct gaze into camera and do believe that his fixed smile is a mask to hide his domineering power, and not sheer terror that dipstick at the bottom is making stupid hand signs again, thus putting the whole structure in peril.