Detroit is known for many, many, countless great things — not the least of which is giving the world great music over, and over again.
Florida, on the other hand, is known for … 99.999% ridiculous crap and Tom Petty.
One such pride and joy of the Tampa area is Cannibal Corpse. In honor of guitarist Patrick O’Brien’s arrest today, here’s some data viz we’ll compare to any jumps in response to his shenanigans.
For those of you unfamiliar with the band, here are their most popular tracks on Spotify (as of Dec. 9, 2018). “Addicted to Vaginal Skin” is the one that’s stuck with me in the twenty years since I found one of their cassettes in the garbage at college.
|Tomb Of The Mutilated||Hammer Smashed Face||51|
|Torture||Scourge of Iron||47|
|Evisceration Plague||Evisceration Plague||45|
|Tomb Of The Mutilated||I Cum Blood||44|
|Red Before Black||Code of the Slashers||43|
|A Skeletal Domain||Kill or Become||41|
|The Bleeding||Stripped, Raped, And Strangled||40|
|Red Before Black||Only One Will Die||40|
|Red Before Black||Red Before Black||39|
|Kill||Make Them Suffer||38|
|Tomb Of The Mutilated||Addicted to Vaginal Skin||35|
|Red Before Black||Shedding My Human Skin||35|
|Red Before Black||Remaimed||33|
|Evisceration Plague||Priests Of Sodom||33|
|The Bleeding||Fucked With A Knife||33|
Normally, it really, really bothers me that Spotify only supplies a “popularity” score — a relative number ranking all artists against each other — instead of a more quantifiable and useful “playcount” number but, in this case, it makes for some fun comparisons.
As of yesterday, Cannibal Corpse’s popularity on Spotify is 55. That’s down from 58 one year ago which was their high since I’ve been collecting data on them. It should be noted, though, it is up from their low of 50 for the last three weeks of July 2018.
As I said, by itself those numbers are meaningless until we put them in context. While 55 isn’t as high as Insane Clown Posse‘s (a Detroit export–you’re welcome) current popularity of 58 or Slayer‘s 68, it is definitely higher than … well, we can only assume they are less talented artists judging by poor popularity scores such as
- Lindsey Buckingham (51)
- Venom at (48)
- Gwar at (47)
- Stryper (46)
- King’s X (39)
- Was (not Was) (34)
For further comparison, Queen (97) recently overtook Eminem (95) as the highest popularity score in my database (I don’t collect data on everyone–just those I find interesting).
Pop quiz: Who, according to Spotify, is the more genre-hopping artist of the following?
- Cannibal Corpse
- David Bowie
- Bob Dylan
- Bruce Springsteen
- Cyndi Lauper
- Elton John
- Jack White
If you guessed either Cannibal Corpse or Bob Dylan, you’d be correct! They are tied at nine genres each. Elton John only crosses over into five and David Bowie into seven. What are these diverse genres Cannibal Corpse finds themselves in?
- death metal
- alternative metal
- brutal death metal
- speed metal
- groove metal
- nu metal
- technical death metal
Yeah, I know. I learned this yesterday.
Dec 19 update: Howard Altman’s story in today’s paper shows the events were far weirder than initially known. As you can see below, after one week, CC‘s popularity spiked a single point for a single day. I’ve never seen a spike and drop like that happen. My guts (see what I did there?) tell me it’s unrelated, however.