And the Finalists for the CME Music Contest are …

Update: Voting is now closed for the CME’s first music contest. Thanks loads to all those who entered. Winners and particulars will be announced on next week’s show.

You bastards never cease to amaze us, you know that? We have no choice but to consider the first ever CME music contest a smashing success after you guys clogged our inbox with entries during the past few weeks. Bravo to everyone who competed, as we got some really stunning submissions in multiple genres showcasing varying levels of sophistication, style and brawlability.ร‚ย From those original volleys emerge these five finalists, which were among the dopest we received. Take a minute, listen to the tunes and then vote in the poll below. The winner will become the CME’s new theme music for a length of time to be determined. Seriously though, nice job, team. You all kicked ass.

Now, everybody in. CME on three, ready? 1-2-3. CME!

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113 comments on And the Finalists for the CME Music Contest are …

  1. J says:

    AYFKM? 4 songs that sound exactly like the crap you already use and a pop punk song?

    1. Handsome Pat says:

      Pop punk?

  2. Hank says:

    My vote was for No.1 but No.3 is pretty good too!

  3. Matt Damon says:

    This shit is rigged.

  4. Danny says:

    None better than the current intro IMO, but then again I didn’t like it when they started fucking with the music in between rounds either, and that eventually grew on me. Between 1 and 3 for me… went with 3.

    1. Hank says:

      My sentiment exactly, I really miss the old music in between rounds as well, oh well…

    2. Marius says:

      chad’s simple beats where the best, especially that intro one….start smiling every time i hear it.

      1. Navy says:

        Yeah, I’ve really come to love the current intro. And, like you say, my spirits lift whenever I hear it. I usually save the CME for my return commute and it never fails to put me in a good mood.

      2. Adam H. says:

        I agree. Do not feel this is an improvement. Hopefully they give the new stuff a dutiful little run and then bring back Coke Classic.

  5. Luke says:

    How do you cast your vote? am i a moron or something?

    1. Luke says:

      Edit: Okay am an idiot.

    2. Grant says:

      I was just thinking for the same thing.

    3. Hank says:

      Right, it even showed up for me on my Tablet, it should say “CME Music Poll” or something, then just pick your selection and vote!

  6. Grant says:

    When I first got here it just showed the results, not the poll options. After submitting my comment, I could vote.

    I blame Sir Nigel.

    1. Hank says:

      As you should, we all do….

    2. Hank says:

      Also, is Sir Nigel really just Chad? I used to think so but not anymore, I’ve started hearing them talk at the same time a lot now. If Sir Nigel is a real person, I demand to see a photo of him doing his Michael Bisping impression!

      1. Joakim Kalantari says:

        Sir Nigel’s alter ego:

  7. Danny Boy Downes says:

    I understand the justified anger at the finalists. What we should be outraged about, though, is that the alleged Ben FOWLkes still hasn’t apologized for his offensive misogyny. While many have given hope, the music contest affords us the perfect opportunity to demand change. I call on all CME listeners to boycott the voting process. With such low turnout, it will render the process null and void. Then, properly shamed and embarrassed, the alleged Mr. FOWLkes will be forced to answer for his crimes.

    Will it be easy? Actually….yeah it will be. I mean, you literally have to do nothing. Will it be effective? Perhaps. Much like Bashar al-Asssad, (you know who) clearly expresses sociopathic tendencies coupled with rage and control issues which may make any attempts to reach him futile. Beating that in mind, remember the words of the great poet Vergil, “Audaces fortuna iuvat”

    Yours in truth,

    Danny Boy Downes

    1. Hank says:

      The more pressing matter at hand here is 1) Some proof of Sir Nigel’s existence, 2) Extending the podcast length to 2 hours per week perhaps…

      1. Grant says:

        1) Sir Nigel exists and it’s not Chad. I believe I can prove this. Also…you can hear that Chad has wheeled away from the table/mic when Sir Nigel does #MTT

        2) Solemn vow #3 is “This shit only gonna be an hour.”

        Sorry Hank. Those bastards just leave us wanting more.

        1. Hank says:

          1) That’s what I’ve been noticing as well, but I would still like a more solid proof nonetheless…

          2) I think it’s laziness more than anything else, but I am hoping with more aggressive listener demands, they might consider revising their Solemn vows in time.

          3) Does anyone have any idea what in the world Danny Boy Downes has been going on complaining about the last couple of weeks?

          1. Warren says:

            i love that the podcast is never over 70 mins. Its the perfect length. Who has time to listen to a 3 hour marathon every week? not this cat!

          2. Danny Boy Downes says:

            Just trying to fight the war against ignorance Hank. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Today the CME, tomorrow…probably a show with a lot more listeners.

          3. Joakim Kalantari says:

            Come on people! I’m not a grammar Nazi, but I am a traditionalist. Go back to CME 1 and listen to that solemn vow once more. If you’re not convinced, in the words of 30th US President Calvin Coolidge, come see me!

        2. Joakim Kalantari says:

          I would like to correct you on a fact: the proverbial shit is only gonna be “a hour” not “an hour”

          1. Hank says:

            Get out of here you grammar nazi! There is no room here for intolerance!

          2. Matt Damon says:

            “An hour” is proper grammar, try again.

          3. Hank says:

            That’s what I thought too! At least that’s how we sound it out…

          4. Dmitri Kalmar says:

            “A hour?” Weeee, that made my day!

            If you’re gonna step in out of nowhere just to patronize someone you don’t know with a grammar correction, it helps to be grammatically correct. Oh wait: that should have been “if your gonna”.

            Fun fact: it’s always “an” before an H, because an H is not a consonant. Such as “an history”. But in modern American usage, we only use “an” if the H is silent, such as in “hour”, and the the hard H (e.g. “history” or “hard”) is considered to be like a consonant.

            Now THAT was a grammar nazi. Go ahead and flame me for it, I don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Hank says:

      a show with more listeners than the CME? Pff, nonsense…

  8. Warren says:

    voted track 4!

    1. Hank says:

      Hey, you are not supposed to vote on your own submission…

    2. Navy says:

      Track #4 is awesome but given how the votes are working out I feel we have to vote tactically for #1 so that earbleee #2 doesnt end up annoying us on a weekly basis.

  9. Hank says:

    OMG! Just checked the latest result, how in the world is No. 2 leading the chart! Guys, this is not a joke!

    1. Matt Damon says:

      O yea? Which one is yours?

      1. Hank says:

        I was torn between 1 and 3, finally went with 1. But seriously guys, don’t fuck around, we are gonna end up hearing this theme song over and over again week in and week out, and given Chad’s laziness, this shit ain’t gonna get changed anytime soon once it’s voted into the office…

        1. Matt Damon says:

          No, I’m asking which song is yours..

          1. Hank says:

            LOL, I see what you did there. I am among the very few non-musical CME listeners actually, and you must be the contributor of song No. 2…

          1. Hank says:

            Hey Chad! great episode once again this week big guy! One hour a week is just not quite enough, if you guys are absolutely sticking to the Solemn Vows, maybe you can find some kindness in your heart to throw us a bonus episode every once in a while? And you think you guys will ever unveil all the mysteries surrounding Sir Nigel at some point? Thanks, big fan!

          2. Chad Dundas says:

            Few things:

            1. Thanks, we appreciate it.

            2. While we consider it a great compliment that you guys apparently want to listen to us talk MORE (which frankly seems inconceivable) about fighting, unfortunately, one hour a week is all we have time for right now. Maybe someday our lives will allow for more, but for the foreseeable future this is all there is.

            3. If it were up to me, we’d just let Sir Nigel be Sir Nigel, but for those of you intrepid listeners who must know the “truth” about the World’s Leading Theatricalist, well, it’s out there.

          3. Hank says:

            I NEED to know! All this mystery is killing me! First is Lost, and now Sir Nigel?! Is the government behind this?

        2. Matt Damon says:


    2. Navy says:

      Yeah, #2 is horribly discordant and the synchopation seems off. If that “song” wins I’ll either hae to stop listening to the CAe (a pity) or jailbreak my iPod so I can set it to automatically skip the first 20 seconds…

      1. Hank says:

        Empty threats will not work on these people, stop listening to the CME? Pff! Like anyone is gonna believe that…

      2. Dmitri Kalmar says:

        To be fair to the composer: the syncopation is not “off”. Those are triplets, they are definitely deliberate (and 100% quantized), and for my part I think they’re the most interesting part of that little ditty, though they make it harder to bob your head (I’m a huge fan of bobbing my head). I’m just saying, they weren’t a mistake.

        1. Navy says:

          Nah, I get the triplets. They are the only thing that sound quantized – it’s the rest of the “song” that is off… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. danno says:

    No.2 makes me feel like I’m about to play Final Fight.

  11. jjfrancis says:

    #2 being in the lead seems weird to me. Are people other than CME listeners voting on this?

    1. Hank says:

      Am I right? This is very odd and disconcerting….

  12. Rudolf says:

    Voted for number 5, just because i LOLed.

    1. Hank says:


  13. jjfrancis says:

    If Sir Nigel becomes big enough, Ariel Helwani will interview him. That dude will interview anybody.

  14. Ben Fowlkes says:

    I was torn between #1 and #4. So which way did I vote? I don’t have to tell you that.

    1. Hank says:

      I went with 1 and the Missus went with 4.

    2. Hank says:

      But #2 has an alarming lead over others, Ben!

      1. Eddie says:

        I wrote #2, sorry you don’t like it Hank. Thanks for putting on the contest guys!

    3. Joakim Kalantari says:

      I, too, was torn between i and 4, and given you lax stance on voter fraud I voted for both… which upon closer examination seems like a strategy in need of further development.

  15. Strong Dick says:

    These are all terrible. Please stick with the current music.

    1. Hank says:

      Too late, it’s out of our hands now… May god help us!

  16. Kingsy says:

    These finalists are okay, but it could be better. How about Sir Nigel singing the theme song to “Frasier” as Michael Bisping? That seems like a winner to me.

    1. Hank says:

      YES! YES! YES! Best idea I’ve heard ALL fucking day! Is it too late for that Chad?

  17. Templeton Peck says:

    Sir Nigel Longstock is clearly Michael Bisping. The poor imitation is merely to throw us off the scent, and the Mancunian accent he uses in fight promos to scare the opposition.

  18. nzmma says:

    If I only have to listen to it once or twice, I would vote song 4. If I have to hear it 50 times over the next year, then song 1 is the best….. so I voted for song ONE!!!

  19. DonnyDL says:

    I couldn’t get the player to work on my computer, so I’m voting for silence.

  20. Doug Davis says:

    I dug no.2. Got some strange, edge, and groove. Some of us dance, sing, and shout. It’s all working for me.

  21. Kev says:

    The way the poll is set up is confusing, the buttons should be below the text, not above it. Elderly CME listeners are being disenfranchised.

    1. Ben Fowlkes says:

      Fucking A right they are.

  22. How many of you CME listeners would have liked some metal as an option?

  23. Eddie says:

    When does voting end?

  24. Dear Ben and Chad,

    – 4 out 5 of these are computer bloops and beeps. You didn’t want to present a variety of genres to be voted on? You’ve already had electro boops as the music since the beginning.

    – Rule #2 was ” It must be short.” All 5 of these ignored your request to be 15 seconds by a long shot. You didn’t want to include any that were around 15 seconds? (And someone thought we’d want a 45 second intro every week?)

    – Ben you said you preferred stuff that was clearly written for the CME (as is #4), but 4 out of 5 of these sound like they were probably previously written and then repurposed for the CME (which doesn’t bother me, personally).

    Hugs and kisses,
    – Confused

    1. Matt Damon says:

      The intro in a typical show is played for 45 seconds, Chad fades out the audio. If you can’t differentiate the genres presented, maybe you’re not the best person to be complaining.

      1. Haha! I’m gonna take the high road here, buddy.

      2. BTW, I know Matt Damon, why are you using his name?

  25. Nolan says:

    Those five intros are terrible in comparison to the current intro music!

    I vote for none of them…

  26. CTY says:

    The Dundas-Fowlkes Law: If it ain’t broke, break the sh*t out of it with a user submission song contest >:(

  27. s says:

    The current CME theme song blows all of these out of the water. Don’t change it.

  28. ALar says:

    Number 5 wins in my heart, but Number 1 wins in the brain. No doubter, didn’t even need Fowlkes to lobby for it.

  29. Astroboy3000 says:

    goddamn…. you sorry sonsabitches do nothing but complain and talk shit. look, it’s too bad your submission didn’t make, but if The Highlander taught us anything it’s that “there can be only one”.

  30. SuperstarPecanbar says:

    I shall not tolerate anything higher than the nr 1. Peace! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. #4 is by far the best! Please dont let that bullshit #2 win!

  32. grumby says:

    Well done to the all of the finalists, but lets not kid ourselves here folks (Fowlkes?), it’s all about #1.

  33. Hank says:

    Oh thank god! #1 is back on top! Don’t screw this up folks!

  34. Astroboy3000 says:

    Well, I like them all for different reasons. Everyone who has their submission up their in the voting I say good work.

    1. Hank says:

      That’s nice of you, aren’t you politically correct…

      1. Astroboy3000 says:

        Not politically correct at all. A lot of people spent a lot of time and effort on their submissions. I myself play music and enjoy a wide variety of music, so I can appreciate all of them for what they are. I just don’t see the need to talk shit about someone’s artistic endeavors. We’re all MMA fans and CME fans, we are a subculture of a subculture. We should be friendly and encouraging of one another. I think we all know that once the zombie apocalypse hits the only survivors will be a ragtag group of CME listeners lead by Chad & Ben because, quite frankly, we nasty. That said, good luck to all the 5 finalists.

        1. Hank says:

          LOL, I can just picture us blindly following Ben and Chad around rummaging for food…

        2. Dmitri Kalmar says:

          I second everything you just said Astroboy!

          We’ll all be looking like Forrest with a duct tape belt.

          No joke, I am fully stocked and ready for the apocalypse. No zombies, the real apocalypse. Yep I’m like that.

          1. Hank says:

            Yeah… I don’t know about all that, Ben seems pretty high maintenance, he couldn’t even cope with the subpar coffee from Chad’s neighborhood gas station, how is he gonna lead us to food and shelter?

          2. Astroboy3000 says:

            Be it nuclear, zombie or sky net – I too am ready. And Ben’s refusal to settle on subpar coffee will ensure that we don’ t just survive during the apocalypse, but that we thrive during the apocalypse. While Chad will be the cold blooded, remorseless warlord. Separate they’re good, together they’re like fucking Master-Blaster from Thunderdome.

          3. Hank says:

            Interesting point, ok, I am on board.

          4. Dmitri Kalmar says:

            HAHA! We need a like button on this board.

            Or are they more like Kuato and… the dude who has a Kuato?

          5. Astroboy3000 says:

            I don’t think we could pull off the Quato look. Besides, Chad’s back is bound to give out if he has Ben duct taped to his belly 24/7. So, I’m gonna stick with Master-Blaster, or they could go Hawk & Animal style like the greatest tag team duo of all time The Road Warriors. So long as everyone knows I call dibs on modeling myself after Snake Pliskin in our CME Zombocalypse survival group.

          6. Dmitri Kalmar says:

            Ha, wow, the Road Warriors, I’d forgotten bout them!

            I used to dress like that in my last band, King Hell:


  35. Keyser Soze says:

    I agree with some of the people above, dont freaking change it. This is seriously a lack of options. Didn’t enjoy any of these entries and I’m being truthful dammit. Have a resubmission and bring new talent or this is gonna suck!

  36. Hank says:

    Damn you guys! #2 is on the top of the chart again!

    1. Eddie says:

      You sure check the results a lot for someone who didn’t make a submission. I appreciate your vigor, but maybe you should put your energy towards a different crusade?

      1. Hank says:

        What’s more important than the theme song of the CME show?

        1. Eddie says:

          Point taken

  37. Brock Lesnar's Tattoo says:

    I get the feeling that #2 is running a social media campaign, instead of just letting faithful CME listeners pick their favorite (or respectfully abstain). I hope I’m wrong, but I guess that’s how internet voting goes.

    1. Hank says:

      You think so? (adjusting my tin-foil hat) Huh, Interesting theory…

    2. Eddie says:

      I’ve got like 40 friends on FB so there goes that theory ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m sorry some of you don’t like the “bleeps and bloops.” Everyone has different taste, that’s why there’s a vote. I like all of them in different ways, they could all work. I’m not used to dealing to Internet hate so maybe this reply is a bad idea, but I just appreciate the opportunity to contribute to my favorite podcast.

      1. Hank says:

        I knew it!! (adjusting my tin-foil hat in a much more confident fashion) TJ Grant didn’t really get a concussion from a BJJ practice either, did he? And god damn it, who is really Sir Nigel?!

        1. Eddie says:

          I think Ben and Chad only put on this contest as link bait.

      2. Dmitri Kalmar says:

        I didn’t say I don’t like bleeps and bloops, I’ve been composing electronic music since the 80s (an Amiga). My point was about a lack of variety in the options. #2 is actually damn cool, it’s the only one that sounds inspired to me. It’s nasty, yo. Nice job.

        My point was, if there are so many musicians submitting music, why are 4 out of 5 of these from the genre of “one dude sitting at his laptop”? Especially since that’s been the type of music on the show from day one. If we’re going to vote on 5 things, why can’t we vote on 5 things that are more different than this?

        I submitted metal from a live 4-man band, which plays live gigs regularly in NYC and surrounding area. Live music is a dying art with “DJs” replacing live music everywhere. I’ve played many clubs that are either gone now (e.g. CBGB), or are DJ-only now (e.g. The Continental, Mama Kin’s).

        Metal riffs and MMA have always gone hand in hand. Head banging and pumping iron and beer and fights, that’s guy stuff, what’s with all the electronic music.

        1. Eddie says:

          I can feel that. I was going to also submit a snippet from my grindcore project (still just one dude at a laptop, but add in a guitar, bass, mic, and electronic drum kit) but didn’t get to it in time.

          I actually don’t compose much electronic music myself, this just kinda came out when I sat down to make an intro specifically for the show. 60% of the time some kind of metal and the other 40% orchestral/chamber works. Do you have a link to some of your tunes?

          1. Dmitri Kalmar says:

            Thanks fer askin! Driven Mad is here:

            They were kind enough to use our music on the most recent episode, July 23rd. They chose two very speed metal moments, but I submitted slower groovier stuff as well for the contest.

            I sent 8 different submissions, with 10 additional variations as well.

            Got a link for your grindcore?

  38. Michael says:

    Do we know who did entry 4?

  39. MaZZM says:

    It’s a close one but I ended up going with number 3. It’s enebreated styling properly matches what I am certain is the state of our fine hosts when they talk into two cans tied together by string and than use some sort of black magic to digitize it.

    If not 3 it should be 4 dude has the mad referntial lyrics.

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