Monday, April 28, 2008

Belle and Sebastian

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

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.

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Band: Belle and Sebastian
Genre: Sweetly Twee ("Stweet"?)

Voting ends on: Monday, May 5th, 9:00am CST (GMT-5)

THE VERDICT (Updated!)

Voting has ended. Here is the tally.

Winky McWinkerson: 9 votes
Front Right Beard: 8 votes
The Belle: 5 votes
Looming Top Left: 1 votes
White Shirt: 2 votes
Front Left Angry Black Shirt: 2 votes

Yet another amazingly close race! It took a vote early this morning to put Winky over the top. And the top is where you are, Winky! You're in charge!

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McGone said...

I'm tempted to guess that it's Winky McWinkerson there in the middle, but he's just the comic relief. If I have learned anything from this website, it's that "smoldering" seems to be a common trait with the leader (because they are no doubt thinking about the band's master plan at all times), so I'll go with the bearded fella in the front row. He also could be a English Lit teacher at the local community college, but as this isn't "Who's the English Lit Teacher?," I'll move along.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

I'm going to have to go with the obvious choice, Winky McMinkerson. All the others just fade into the background like twee Scottish chameleons.

Plus, props to Splotchy for choosing one of the Imaginary Reviewer's favourite bands!

p0nk said...

The chick controls all of them except Winky.

Splotchy said...

the ir, I was just feeling sinister is all.

Dave said...

Belle, or maybe the Boy with the Arab Strap.

Jess Wundrun said...

I think it's David Arquette on the right. No one wants to mess with David, so he kinda gets his way by default.

Splotchy said...

p0nk, to clarify, is it the chick who is in charge because she rules the majority, or is it Winky because he is not ruled by the chick?

Srawr42 said...

Top left.
He looms protectively.
Plus, he's got a fierce look that would make Tyra proud.

BeckEye said...

It's gotta be that twerpy guy in the white shirt, back row, whose head is 2 times smaller than everyone else's. That would explain the whiny voice.

FunkyBizzle said...

Winky McWinkerson. He's the "funny" guy that the rest of the band emulates (for some reason).

p0nk said...

splotchy, tally my vote with the chick even though she doesn't control Winky, she controls everyone else. Winky, though immune to Belle's charms, has no influence on the others.

A Jaded Girl said...

Im going to go wtih front row, black shirt, far left guy. He has this look like "Are we seriously going to be grouped up like an elementary school class picture?"

Hatless in Hattiesburg said...

...with an insincere apology to "The Brady Bunch":

"Here's the story of lovely Belle,
Who was bringing up a funny winking lad.
Both of them had hair of gold, and were shorter,
The younger crossed his arms.

"Here's the story about Sebastian,
Who was busy with four boys of his own.
Good musicians playing all together,
Yet they were all alone.

"Till the one day when Sebastian met the lady,
And they knew that it was more than a notion.
That this group would somehow form a rock band.
That's the way we formed Belle and Sebastian.

"Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian
That's the way we formed Belle and Sebastian."


(p.s. my vote is for the unshaven guy in the lower right.)

Signorina Creativita said...

Winky, most definitely, although "Belle" is a close second.

My new hotties blog is up-this week: Shia LaBeouf vs. Emile Hirsch
There's still time to vote on McDreamy vs. McSteamy, as well.

Lonie Polony said...

Bottom right guy is in charge. He is clearly the patriarch figure who has given up his place in the photo to the 'special' child in the family.

Orange said...

I'd say the guy on the lower right - he looks like a father figure to the band, and for some reason, the band looks like family to me

Jared X said...

Last week, I said Rod Stewart was in charge because the band was Scottish. Now you went Scottish on me again. Although it'd be logically consistent, I can't in good conscience have Rod Stewart be in charge of these guys too. I mean, what if next week's entry was Snow Patrol, then the following weeks were Simple Minds, Del Amitri, the Silencers, and Big Country? Way too much power for the guy who sang "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy."

So I'll pick lower left. He has the look that says "In this outfit, I'm Belle AND Sebastian, where Belle equals alpha and Sebastian equals omega."

Splotchy said...

Hatless, nicely done, but now you have me wondering, where is Sam the butcher? Alice? Oliver?!!

Jared, I will continue to go Scottish until I am all Scottished out. Which I might be.

Jillian said...

I'm going to go with Mr. Longneck, there in the back row. He's taking this all a little too seriously I think. And the way he's looking straight into the camera, it's like he's trying to control my mind too.

One Fine Weasel said...

oh god it's SO the chick. just look at her! scary.

Lulubelle B said...

The haughty bearded professor at lower right.

Caz said...

got to be the chick. she looks like one meanass mofo haha

dguzman said...

Gotta be the Winky.

~M said...

It's either the woman or...wait. Of course it's the woman. Duh.

Germaine Gregarious said...

Darling, someone in this photo has just farted.

Did he who smelt it dealt it? No. The smelters are in the back row alternatively pissed off or close to smiling because sometimes farts are funny.

Did he who denied it supplied it? No. The deniers are in the front row, angered that they could be blamed for a grassy/garlic smell not of their making.

Indeed. The camera has caught Mr. Wink McWinkerson in the act. And, as our president has shown, only the leader is allowed to openly fart without protest from his underlings.

Winky leads.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

My darling Stewpot, the lad with the hair which looks like his mother cuts it with a bowl, front row centre, is the undisputed leader. And they may be sensitive, but they sure are sassy. said...

another vote for young alan rickman professorish front row guy on the right with the beard

Jeff said...

Grey sweatshirt - front right. He doesn't have the time for all these comical images. Just take the picture cuz he has to get back to the job of booking the band.

Rhubarb Ranch said...

It's not the Brady Bunch, it's Gilligan's Island! Let's start with the obvious: Belle is an un-made-up, dishwater-blonde version of Ginger Grant. She can't be Mary Ann, because she's obviously not the wholesome type. Unfortunately, that leaves longhair-backrow-right as Mary Ann, the next-most effeminate member of the band. Gilligan is long-neck white shirt, standing next to Ginger. Thurston Howell III is bearded man, seated front right. His wife Lovey is back row, far left, and is clearly the drummer. The Professor is Brooding Boy, front row far left. Which leaves Winky McWinkerson -who has a pleasing Alan Hale look about him - as the Skipper. He's in charge.

Family Fielding Brown. said...

Oh my eyes...the hair the hair, what were they thinking?
I think it's Winky. He conned them all into looking moody, they practised for ages and then BAM! he does that, humph.
Thanks Winky.

Dealer Man said...

I would say the guy in the front row middle cuing the camera is the leader. For the simple face he's cuing the camera to take the pic