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Title: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on September 06, 2008, 06:38:12 PM
What is the Torturethon? In brief, you choose a song that you claim to hate, agree to listen to it over and over repeatedly for as long as you can and the longer you go, the more money you raise for a charity from sponsorship. But this year we’re adding another option: You can choose a radio station that you hate if you want, or anything else you might think of creatively.

The minimum is to go for at least two hours, but most go for eight hours as a standard; and yes, some go WAY over that amount! Also, at least twice an hour you have to post in the thread (that you will create) on our message boards on how you are feeling, what you think of the song, and anything you really feel like talking about. Profanity and pictures are not only allowed, but encouraged! At the end, we will declare a winner based on duration, creativity and level of torture for the song/station, etc.

Past songs of torture have included “MMM-Bop” by Hanson, “She Bangs” by William Hung, “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed, “Lala” by Ashlee Simpson, the inaugural song four years ago (that created this idea) of “We Built This City” by Starship, and even “Karma Police” by Radiohead. So, you have to choose a song that you hate. Can you lie? Well, yes, but this IS for charity, so play by the rules!

As for sponsors, many on our boards will sponsor you, but we ask that you try to gather up as many sponsors on your own as you can. About 50 cents an hour is usually the norm, though some people sponsor for more and some less.

This year the event will happen between Oct 20-Nov 2 and you choose when you will participate. Although weekends are fine, typically our boards are the busiest during weekday work hours, so that’s where you’ll get the most replies/views to your posts.

In past years we’ve chosen the Joe Strummer Foundation and the Bryan and Kathryn Harvey Family Memorial Endowment as our charities. This year, we’re going with Fractured Atlas; a site designed to help artists get health insurance. It's based out of New York, but provides links and services to other states in the US.


Well, it's getting to be that time again. So when should we do it this year? The site re-launch will be sometime around the second week of October and it could be great if we could do the Torturethon that week. Maybe Oct 13-20? Yes? No?

Also, we need to look at charities. I certainly vote for MusiCares (http://www.grammy.com/Musicares/)
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Nate on September 06, 2008, 06:53:29 PM
Can we push it back to the 20th?  I'd like to take part this time and I know I'll be out of town the week of the 12th-18th.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on September 08, 2008, 11:18:02 PM
Can we push it back to the 20th?  I'd like to take part this time and I know I'll be out of town the week of the 12th-18th.

Doesn't matter to me, I'll just be a spectator
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: whigsgeek on September 09, 2008, 09:58:28 AM
Crap, I forgot to check my calendar yesterday for the week of October 20. Will post availability asap.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 09, 2008, 10:05:49 PM
We're out of the country most of October
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on September 10, 2008, 12:43:15 AM
Well, early November would be cool too, but we don't want to get any later than that because the holidays start creeping up and we should stay away from that.....

More thoughts?
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on September 17, 2008, 08:19:34 PM
What about charity ideas?
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: damnable on September 21, 2008, 11:03:41 AM
Charity

American Red Cross (for disaster relief, i.e. Hurricane Ike)
http://www.paybyweb.com/mainsite/redcross._091508.asp?gclid=CM6vwOSQ7ZUCFRsRagodXUMQeg

That's my vote, since you know that it's not a scam, and they're fairly non-political.




Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Nate on September 21, 2008, 05:52:55 PM
In the past, we've done the Joe Strummer charity, right?  What was the first one?  Something to do with New Orleans?

A couple of ideas I had...

-Fractured Atlas (http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/healthcare/) is a site designed to help artists get health insurance.  It's based out of New York, but provides links and services to other states in the US.

-Since this is an election year and all, maybe Rock The Vote (http://www.rockthevote.com/home.html) is a good idea.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on September 27, 2008, 02:17:51 PM
While not taking away from anything MusiCares does, they already have a lot of big sponsorship from wealthy celebrities.

Since we often try to "help out the little guy" at Randomville, I think we should go with Fractured Atlas because it's kind of small and unique.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on September 28, 2008, 03:50:57 PM
Fractured Atlas will be the charity and there is a sign-up thread as well.

After you have signed up, just create your own thread on the song/station/whatever of your choice.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 18, 2008, 06:06:38 PM
Fractured Atlas has officially agreed to be the recipient this year!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: whigsgeek on October 18, 2008, 06:36:45 PM
JR, will we be donating via PayPal again this year?
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 18, 2008, 10:36:29 PM
Either that, or write me a check. Whatever is easier for the donor
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 20, 2008, 01:54:18 AM
Okay, the t-thon is officialy open (http://www.randomville.com/in%20other%20words.../feature/article-826.html).

Who's going to step up and do this???

(http://www.randomville.com/Image/iow/iow_features/tthon081.JPG)
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 22, 2008, 12:45:07 AM
So, any advice on how to mangage while doing this? Do you guys keep the volume turned down, way up?

I'm growing more sick each day...
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: foolsgold on October 22, 2008, 09:57:26 AM
Don't be a pussy. 

Over the ear headphones, the entire day.

Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: whigsgeek on October 22, 2008, 10:49:19 AM
Yeah, it's called Torturethon for a reason, JR. Suck it up. ;-)
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 22, 2008, 12:10:48 PM
The other alternative is to make it part of  a 10 hour car trip. There's no escaping that way.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: va-vacious on October 22, 2008, 08:12:40 PM
The other alternative is to make it part of  a 10 hour car trip. There's no escaping that way.

That's where you are wrong!  I escaped!  :ninja:
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 22, 2008, 09:49:57 PM
The other alternative is to make it part of  a 10 hour car trip. There's no escaping that way.

That would probably result in this: (http://crazycrashes.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/insame_multi_car_pile_up-1.jpg)
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Poolio on October 24, 2008, 09:49:11 AM
I am terrified but I am in. On Halloween, I'll be attempting to listen to 8 hours of Everlast's version of "Folsom Prison Blues".

I am not insane yet but the bridge to that song will drive me to death by paper cuts.

To see what I am up against I give the video: Folsom Prison Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4eAHsaq-0)
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: foolsgold on October 24, 2008, 10:13:41 AM
Jeez, that song is a mess.  Is that the squeally thing from "Jump Around?"  The sad thing is, he probably could do that song in a way that wasn't so awful.

To increase the pain level, you should watch that video at least once an hour to supplement the audio only format.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 24, 2008, 10:57:47 AM
I am terrified but I am in. On Halloween, I'll be attempting to listen to 8 hours of Everlast's version of "Folsom Prison Blues".

I am not insane yet but the bridge to that song will drive me to death by paper cuts.

To see what I am up against I give the video: Folsom Prison Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4eAHsaq-0)

You are a crazy person.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Poolio on October 24, 2008, 11:20:56 AM

You are a crazy person.

I. Know.

And, Foolsgold, there is no way in hell I'll be watching that video more than necessary. The footage of Johnny and the Opry just make me sad because they are in there.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 24, 2008, 10:20:23 PM
Jeez, that song is a mess.  Is that the squeally thing from "Jump Around?"  The sad thing is, he probably could do that song in a way that wasn't so awful.

To increase the pain level, you should watch that video at least once an hour to supplement the audio only format.


Yeah, the squeally made me nuts after about a minute. But it was funny watching what douche bags they all look like though...

GREAT choice for Torture!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 11:10:51 PM
Wow. That's truly awful. And I even once owned a copy of Shamrocks and Shenanigans: The Best of House of Pain and Everlast.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 29, 2008, 08:35:35 PM
Remember, the thon ends on Monday, so get your torture on!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: va-vacious on October 29, 2008, 09:39:22 PM
Wait!  I can't do mine until Tuesday!  (noon-6)

And it will be 6 hours of Country Music. Double Q (http://www.wwqq101.com/)  It will be absolutely wretched!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 29, 2008, 10:30:00 PM
Complete with last minute political ads. Yikes!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 29, 2008, 11:45:23 PM
Wait!  I can't do mine until Tuesday!  (noon-6)

And it will be 6 hours of Country Music. Double Q (http://www.wwqq101.com/)  It will be absolutely wretched!

Okay, we'll keep it open for that!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: va-vacious on October 30, 2008, 11:04:43 PM
I bet there will be LOTS of Elizabeth Dole ads on that station.  I.Can't.wait.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on November 01, 2008, 01:54:35 PM
Okay, per another request, we're going to hold the door open until Nov 6th now too.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Andrews on November 03, 2008, 08:05:48 PM
I'm going to jump in this year.
JohnnyRoyale convinced me, and I recently found the most horribly perfect thing for me. It's not "music" per se, but it's the most horrific thing I can think of to listen to on repeat.   :-[

A 2 x LP copy of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea read by Charlton Heston.
Total program time is: 2h 22m 56s and I've pledged to listen to the entire book four consecutive times.

I'll be starting at around midnight on 12/05 and going until I'm done.
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on November 03, 2008, 09:19:19 PM
I'm going to jump in this year.
JohnnyRoyale convinced me, and I recently found the most horribly perfect thing for me. It's not "music" per se, but it's the most horrific thing I can think of to listen to on repeat.   :-[

A 2 x LP copy of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea read by Charlton Heston.
Total program time is: 2h 22m 56s and I've pledged to listen to the entire book four consecutive times.

I'll be starting at around midnight on 12/05 and going until I'm done.

Nov 5th     ;)

Just be sure to put this into the Sign-ups thread (makes it easier to tally everything in the end) and put me down for $10 if you make it through.

Good luck!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on November 13, 2008, 09:31:17 PM
The winner of the 2008 Torturethon is.....

ANDREWS, with Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea read by Charlton Heston

Andrews wins a $25 Visa Gift Certificate.

CONGRATS!!

 :disco:
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Andrews on November 13, 2008, 09:43:01 PM
Awesome! Thanks everyone for voting for me. Is there any way I can take my winnings and add that to the donation to Fractured Atlas? Since  didn't do any sponsoring directly, I'd like to contribute that way...
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: whigsgeek on November 14, 2008, 03:25:52 PM
Congrats, Andrews! Well deserved!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on November 14, 2008, 09:01:25 PM
Awesome! Thanks everyone for voting for me. Is there any way I can take my winnings and add that to the donation to Fractured Atlas? Since  didn't do any sponsoring directly, I'd like to contribute that way...


By all means.

Thanks bro!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on November 30, 2008, 11:16:17 PM
So in total we raised $240. Randomville matched 50% of that, bringing the total to $360.

We have just made a contribution of $360 to Fractured Atlas for the 2008 Torturethon.

THANK YOU to all involved this year!!! 

:disco:
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Nate on December 01, 2008, 01:33:32 AM
Don't know if there was a link to this before, but Fractured Atlas blogged about the T'thon back in October.  I'd keep checking to see if they talk about us and the amount we raised soon.

http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/blog/2008/10/20/bad-music-for-a-good-cause/
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: Hell Toupee on August 15, 2009, 06:30:48 PM
Is '09's T-thon going to be in October again this year? I want to plan my torture in advance.

Thx!
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on August 16, 2009, 04:32:10 AM
I'm sorry, but we're not planning on doing it this year

 :'(
Title: Re: 2008 Torturethon
Post by: c-lando on August 18, 2009, 01:08:59 PM
No Torturethon? REALLY!?!?!?
I think some folks should pick songs and torture themselves just because it always makes for interesting reading.