At the moment, I’m particularly thankful that, despite being a jaded old musician, I can still encounter instruments that, um, take my breath away. And if you can view all the Mutant Beauty Pageant contestants without spewing your beverage all over your computer, you’re made of stern stuff indeed.
Exaggeration? You be the judge. Literally!
As specified in the “rules,” the submission deadline has arrived. Now it’s time to choose the most beautiful mutant. Just select your three favorites from the photo gallery below.
Once you’ve decided, post your three choices to the comments thread. By all means, explain why you voted the way you did if you feel so inspired. Alternately, you can email your choices to me if you prefer to vote anonymously. (I’ll add your votes to the poll, but won’t reveal your name.) Many submissions included interesting commentary from the owners, which you can review in the original comments thread here.
The owner of the object with the most votes wins the mystery prize. (Pretty cool how many entires we had, considering that the prize was never specified.) I promised it would be as weird and cool as the contestants, and it is: It’s an Uglyface pedal hand-built by my pal Mitchell Hudson, AKA super-freq. It’s the most warped fuzz pedal I’ve ever heard, and as far as I know, it’s not available commercially, or at least not until Mitchell decides to start selling them again. (The last batch was scooped up by Nels Cline of Wilco.) You can read about and listen to it here.
Fine print: Only one set of three votes per person. No vote changing. Don’t vote for the reindeer. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, December 1st. If the results are close, we may have a runoff between the three highest scorers.
Click each “Polaroid” to view each contestant and its name.