OK. Here are the voting instructions for the other two sections of the Marillion Christmas Poll. With all the heavy lifting of the song poll out of the way, it’s on to the easier stuff!
Part 2: The Album Poll
This section is a lot more straightforward than the song poll. Basically, all you need to do here is to award each of Marillion’s 19 studio albums (yes, I said 19 – you’ll see why in a moment!) a score out of 10, where 1=poor and 10=superb.
Those 19 albums (should you need reminding!) are:
- Script For A Jester’s Tear
- Misplaced Childhood
- Clutching At Straws
- Seasons End
- Holidays In Eden
- Afraid Of Sunlight
- This Strange Engine
- Somewhere Else
- The Hard Shoulder
- Less Is More
- Sounds That Can’t Be Made
- Fuck Everyone And Run
PLEASE NOTE THAT “HAPPINESS IS THE ROAD” HAS BEEN SPLIT INTO ITS TWO CONSTITUENT PARTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE POLL. YOU *MUST* AWARD POINTS TO BOTH HALVES OF THE ALBUM, NOT SIMPLY “HAPPINESS IS THE ROAD” AS A WHOLE!
You don’t have a total or maximum number of points to award in this section – simply rate each album with a rating from 1 to 10. If you’ve never heard one of the albums, please award the album(s) in question a zero (0). I’m not expecting too many zeroes, but I know not everyone has everything…
Part 3: The Other Music Poll
In keeping with tradition, the third part of the poll is something a bit different to previous years. This year, I want to hear about your other favourite music. All I need from you is a list of your ten favourite bands/artists that aren’t Marillion. No need to award them points or anything like that – just do your best to list them in rough order of preference. Remember: ten bands/artists. No more, no less. Let’s find out what Marillion fans like to listen to other than Marillion.
So, I’ve done all that. What now?
Simple – bung your completed votes for the three parts of the poll into an email, and send it to xmaspoll AT btinternet DOT com. But remember: please don’t send it before 0:00am GMT on 1st October, and don’t wait until after 23:59pm on 23rd December. Send it between these two dates, remembering to put ‘Marillion Christmas Poll 2016’ in the subject line.
If there are problems with your vote, I will be in touch. Otherwise, all you need to do after voting is sit back with your choice of Christmas booze and wait for the results to start rolling in! Once the poll is closed, I will post the results here on this blog, as well as on the poll’s Facebook page and the Marillion forum.
Aren’t I good to you? 😉 Alright, folks – have at it!