Mercury Music Prize (Albums that I Own)

6 09 2011

I thought I would list the Mercury Music Prize Nominated albums that I own, after my last blog.  Turns out it is quite a lot.  I really wouldn’t like to say what is my favourite of them, but there is some classy music in there.  There is also a lot of dross, that given the choice I wouldn’t by again (Hard-Fi, The Thrills and Keane come to mind there)

 

1992

Primal Scream- Screamadelica

 

1993

Suede – Suede

 

1994

Blur – Parklife

The Prodigy – Music for the Gilted Generation

Therapy? – Troublegum

 

1995

Leftfield – Leftism

Supergrass – I Should Coco

 

1996

Pulp -Differen Class

Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go

Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory

 

1997

Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms

The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole

Beth Orton – Trailer Park

The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land

Radiohead – OK Computer

Suede – Coming Up

 

1998

Gomez – Bring It On

Asian Dub Foundation – Rafi’s Revenge

Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time

Massive Attack – Mezzanine

Propellerheads – Decksanddrumsandrockandroll

Pulp – This is Hardcore

 

1999

Blur 13

The Chemical Brothers – Surrender

Faithless – Sunday 8PM

Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Beth Orton – Central Reservation

Underworld – Beaucup Fish

 

2000

Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of the Bewilderbeast

Coldplay – Parachutes

Doves – Lost Souls

Leftfield – Rythm and Stealth

 

2001

PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Elbow – Asleep at the Back

Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters

Radiohead – Amnesiac

Super Furry Animas – Rings Around The World

Turin Breaks – The Optimist LP

 

2002

Ms. Dynamite – A Little Deeper

The Coral – The Coral

Doves – The Last Broadcast

The Streets – Original Pirate Material

 

2003

Dizee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner

Athlete – Vehicles and Animals

Coldplay – A Rush of Blood To The Head

The Darkness – Permission To Land

The Thrills – So Much For The City

Martina Topley-Bird – Quiotic

Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

 

2004

Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash

Keane – Hopes and Fears

Snow Patrol – Final Straw

Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions

The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free

The Zutons – Who Killed……….The Zutons?

 

2005

Anthony and The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now

Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV

Kaiser Chiefs – Employment

KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope

M.I.A – Arular

Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger

The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike

The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers

 

2006

Editors – The Back Room

Guillemots – Through The Windowpane

Hot Chip – The Warning

Muse – Black Holes and Revelations

Thom Yorke – The Eraser

 

2007

Klaxons – Myths of The Near Future

Bat For Lashes – Fur and Gold

Dizee Rascal – Maths + English

Maps – We Can Create

Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men

 

2008

Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?

Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim

Neon Neon – Stainless Style

Radiohead – In Rainbows

 

2009

Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns

Glasvegas – Glasvegas

La Roux – La Roux

 

2010

Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

 

 

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Mercury Music Prize 2011

6 09 2011

Back when I used to listen to a lot more music, I took the Mercury Music Prize a lot more seriously.  I thought it recognised the good, but not popular artists.  Unlike the Brits, I thought, it had some credibility (although Simply Red did get a nomination at one point). 

In the past, winners have been outsiders, people that nobody really would have backed, Roni Size/Reprazent beating Radiohead and Suede in 1997 for instance followed by Gomez, Talvin Singh and Badly Drawn Boy. 

Now I own quite a lot of the Mercury nominated albums (Over 70 from nearly 20 years of awards) so I like to think that I know a little of what I am taking about. But this year, mopre than ever I hope that one of the smaller, less well known groups win.  If Adele, Tinie Tempah or Katy B win, I will give up on believing that the people in charge know what they are talking about.  Elbow would be a terrible choice too.  Build a rocket Boys nowhere near as good as The Seldom Seen Kid.

For me, Ghostpoet should win.  Out of all of the music there, it is the only one that excites me.  Mind you, as this is the one that I want to win, it won’t.