Prominent futurist Orlando Covington-McDonald has added his voice to criticism of the results of the Triple J Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time.
But rather than agreeing with those who argue that the poll was skewed too heavily towards new artists at the expense of classic bands such as The Church and The Triffids, Mr Covington-McDonald says that voters were too backward looking.
“To have a poll of the hottest albums of all time and exclude albums released after 2011 totally distorts the concept of time as we know it.”
“Take a band like Gypsy and the Cat, for example. Although their debut album is perfectly respectable, everyone knows that they have a much better album in them. For people to still vote for their first album rather than the later, better one is simply ridiculous.”
Mr Covington-McDonald argues that the failure to include albums by classic Australian bands that are yet to form also adds to the short-sightedness of the results.
“In 100 years, when people see that voters in 2011 left out the likes of Elegant Stocking, John Butler Jr and Smut War 2048 from the list of the best Australian albums of all time, they will be shaking their heads in disbelief.”
Critics of the ABC agree.
In a strongly worded editorial, The Australian newspaper observed, “Triple J claims to support new music, yet it deliberately excludes the freshest music there is – the music of the future. Yet another national disgrace.”