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Friday, 23 October 2015

Mercury Rising

I see that the nominations for the 2015 Mercury Prize have recently been announced.
I am probably familiar with less that half the acts nominated and even then very vaguely in some cases.
The only nominated album I have is the excellent Architect by C Duncan and I wouldn't be too upset if that won.
Seeing the publicity had me looking out a  sampler CD that I actually bought featuring the nominations from 1998 when it was known as The Mercury Music Prize.I have seven of the twelve albums including  the winner Bring it On by Gomez.
Conclusion - I am an old git living in the past and not really up to date with a lot of today's new music.

Life Thru a Lens by Robbie Williams was nominated in 1998 but sadly it didn't win. I suspect it lost points for spelling.
Here are a couple from the winning album from that year

Gomez - 78 Stone Wobble

Gomez - Get Myself Arrested


  1. Mercury poisoning. The kiss of death for so many artists.

    1. A good point well made SB when you look at some of those on the list of winners.Klaxons anyone?

    2. A www thought SB.Given what you say perhaps they should have awarded the 1998 prize to Robbie Williams!

  2. Some very good records on the list but none of them have blown me away this year. Wolf Alice or Gaz Coombes would probably get my vote, but I'm intrigued by Benjamine Clementine and will probably be making an effort to listen to his record in the next couple of weeks.

  3. Apex Twin, or Jamie. Xx for me, however due to the shit pressing of the later I think Mr James wins

  4. I have only heard two... Wolf Alice or Gaz Coombes. Not too exciting, is it?