20 Years of the Mercury Prize - Winners Poll

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Now that we've had twenty winners, which is your champion of champions?

Spotify playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/miketd/playlist/6OrR2ntGSoosucm2GFjKBU

(All 20 albums are on there - but for some weird reason, the first track on Talvin Singh's OK doesn't show up.)

Poll Results

OptionVotes
1995: Portishead - Dummy 35
1996: Pulp - Different Class 20
2003: Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner 15
1992: Primal Scream - Screamadelica 12
2000: Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast 7
2011: PJ Harvey - Let England Shake 6
2010: the xx - XX 4
1997: Roni Size / Reprazent - New Forms 4
2001: P J Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea 4
1993: Suede - Suede 4
2002: Ms. Dynamite - A Little Deeper 3
2008: Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid 2
2005: Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now 2
1994: M People - Elegant Slumming 2
1998: Gomez - Bring It On 2
2004: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand 1
2006: Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not 0
2007: The Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future 0
2009: Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy 0
1999: Talvin Singh - OK 0


mike t-diva, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol @ this list

voted Screamadelica

I can feel it in my spiritual hat (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Crikey, I appear to own 15 of these on CD, plus two more on CDR. And the only album I've never heard all the way through is M People's Elegant Slumming.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

yuck

let me save you some time - yes, you are probably anti-semantic (jjjusten), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

v. tempted to vote M-People but will probly vote Roni

placeholder for weak pun (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

and Screamadelica is their worst album.

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

01. boy in da corner
02. let england shake
03. dummy

prolego, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

2005: Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
2006: Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
2007: The Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
2008: Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

Feel my eyes glazing over completely at this run.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dummy, easy.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Some good and great albums on this list, but this is a grueling sequence:

1998: Gomez - Bring It On
1999: Talvin Singh - OK
2000: Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not a huge fan of any of these really. Many of them are albums I feel I'm "supposed" to revere, partly due to their canonisation. If I had to go for one it'd have to be Screamadelica or perhaps Different Class.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dummy, by quite some distance.

A little bit like Peter Crouch but with more mobility (ShariVari), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Duh Dummy.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

and Screamadelica is their worst album.

― Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, September 7, 2011 6:35 PM (22 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest

u crazy

õ_Ò (Pillbox), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

assuming alfred's never heard Sonic Flower Groove for a start

placeholder for weak pun (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

A whole lot of mediocrity on here barring PJ and Portishead. Thats what happens when you get commitees. Badly Drawn Boy is better than The Unutterable Fall? And thats just one example.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

yikes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_qxQztHRI (Princess TamTam), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Screamadelica - yeah okay can't front still got a lot of goodness but it's the producers' record and it's probably half an hour too long at least
Suede - yeah okay can't front some good maudlin mopery but it wd make a good EP maybe
Elegant Slumming - just goes heavy hit after heavy hit plus the outrage is still hilarious 18 years on
Dummy - can't front still pretty classic fucked if i ever want to listen to it tho which is a poor showing for a drunky blues record in our house
Different Class - i'm mad fond of "Something Changed", the rest is yeah well it was a different time wannit?
New Forms - this is still fucking A in most respects
Bring It On - Captain Quornheart
OK - this is a perfectly dece record as long as you never have to hear a BBC journo talk about it
The Hour of Bewilderbeast - should've been The 20 Minutes of Bewilderbeast amirite?
Stories from the City - me and PJ only really hit off on the occasional track tbh

placeholder for weak pun (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to listen to the whole lot before voting. A minority view, I'm sure, but I liked that Gomez album a lot at the time. Also, people round here have been far too dismissive of the Arctic Monkeys debut. Can't imagine that Badly Drawn Boy has worn too well, and subsequent releases have dented my love of the Antony & the Johnsons. Have avoided the Portishead debut for years, due to over-playing at the time, and Franz Ferdinand's initial appeal quickly palled. Need to re-assess the Roni Size - suspect it might hold up well. In my refractory period with the xx - still feels too soon to revisit.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

1992: Primal Scream - Screamadelica

SHITE

1993: Suede - Suede

SHITE

1994: M People - Elegant Slumming

this is okay

1995: Portishead - Dummy

AMAZING

1996: Pulp - Different Class

SHITE

1997: Roni Size / Reprazent - New Forms

okay i guess

1998: Gomez - Bring It On

BEYOND SHITE

1999: Talvin Singh - OK

GIVE A FUCK

2000: Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

FUCKING TWENTY PENCE BUSKER, FUCKING DIE

2001: P J Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

GODDESS REWARDED FOR SLUMMING IT, PROOF OF MERCURY PANEL'S SHITE TASTE

2002: Ms. Dynamite - A Little Deeper

LOVE, WILL ALWAYS DEFEND

2003: Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner

FLUKE AMAZING WINNER

2004: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

BEYOND SHITE

2005: Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now

NEARLY LISTENABLE BUT...NOT QUITE

2006: Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

BEYOND BEYOND SHITE

2007: The Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future

LOLLLLLLLLL (AT EVERYONE WHO LIKED THIS)

2008: Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

COMPLETELY BAFFLING, ALSO SHITE

2009: Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy

BLESS YOU

2010: the xx - XX

AMAZING

2011: PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

AMAZING

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

A Little Deeper - ironic title
Boy in Da Corner - ok this is still unfuckwithable
Franz Ferdinand - family connection precludes me honestly assessing this, still think half of it bangs
I Am a Bird Now - love the dude, fuck all y'all
Whatever People Blah Blah Blah - wasn't going to student discos by this stage in life jeezus i hate that one that goes "what a shabby man" u smug twats
Myths of the Near Future - step away from the Grace record you cunts
Elbow - not unpleasant when they're mumbling
Speech Debelle - can't front never heard it, will side with anything that turd Corden doesn't like
XX - like Dummy except i couldn't be arsed in the first place
Let England Shake - it's 2011, i've got a lot on my plate, let's just leave it eh?

placeholder for weak pun (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

if i was asked for the worst in this lot, i would say pulp, and if asked for the best, i would say ms dynamite

both on principle

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

god pulp really are the fucking worst band ever though. i literally want to punch jarvis DICKHEAD cocker in the face

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

and Screamadelica is their worst album.

― Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, September 7, 2011 6:35 PM (22 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest

u crazy

yeah I don't really get where Alfred's coming from on this one. I mean they have some TERRIBLE records

I can feel it in my spiritual hat (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

i didn't know antony was a britishes!

voted dummy

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 23:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Has to be between the first two. Going for "Suede" in the long run, just ahead of "Screamadelica". Otherwise, Elbow, Pulp and Franz Ferdinand are the best efforts here.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

It looks like I'm the only one voting for the one I'm voting for.

Mark G, Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Speech who?

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Probably should have said "Vanishing Point is a more deserving winner," but we can make these claims about a lot of these artists' catalogues.

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love Elegant Slumming, Different Class and Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

went with Elegant Slumming

gospodin simmel, Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

pulp or dizzee. don't know if i've heard any of these in full since franz f.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Such a zeitgeisty collection of records
like, "what was your favourite age?"

twyla, the curator (Ówen P.), Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

I rep for Hour of the Bewilderbeast, but I won't vote for it.

Gukbe, Thursday, 8 September 2011 01:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love a thread where ILX can amusingly trash a load of shit so-called experts used to adore. More please.

that's not my post, Thursday, 8 September 2011 02:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

1-dizzee
2-arctics
3-portis

pandemic, Thursday, 8 September 2011 08:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Probably should have said "Vanishing Point is a more deserving winner," but we can make these claims about a lot of these artists' catalogues.

We could have, and "Vanishing Point" is also an excellent album, but outside "contrarian" ILM, "Screamadelica" is generally considered to be their masterpiece, among critics and indie audiences alike.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 8 September 2011 08:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

god pulp really are the fucking worst band ever though. i literally want to punch jarvis DICKHEAD cocker in the face

― lex pretend, Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:22 (9 hours ago) Bookmark

yeah, worse than hitler

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 08:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

there was a band called hitler, right?

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 08:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is what I found...

Mark G, Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Its no good taking the piss out of Michael Jackson when your legacy is a load of landfill brit-pop shite and a decades worth of Peel session debris. Pulp were truly dreadful, just pumped up chancers who got lucky. The fifth form doggerel of JC on Common People is the apex of absolute shiteness. The Auteurs had already nailed it with The Upper Classes. Looking at this Mercury list makes me feel queasy and angry at how its nearly always the tossers that win in life.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

winning the mercury prize |= winning in life

Upt0eleven, Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hey, Luke Haines, welcome to ILM! (xp)

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Talentless chancers, yeah! Coming round here, punching our peados - who do they think they are? All those singles were rubbish weren't they? Disco 2000, Es & Whizz, Common People, Do You Remember the First Time, Babies - who likes those? A: No one! We only bought them to throw in the bin.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

2000: Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

FUCKING TWENTY PENCE BUSKER, FUCKING DIE

You've just reminded me of that viz cartoon, in which Badly Drawn Boy is desperately busking outside Natwest, and the caption below is "Badly Overdrawn Boy".

Daniel Giraffe, Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

My favourite Viz strip was "Vidal Baboon"

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Luke Haines otm

placeholder for weak pun (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Auteurs had already nailed it with The Upper Classes.

Did Luke Haines have a strand of uncertainty with regard his position in the social strata in the lyrics? Or was it pure invective?

I mean, I also wrote a version of a similar scenario, way back in the day. It was called "Lichtenstein". It wasn't great, but.

Mark G, Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

I voted for Different Class, by the way, risking the opprobrium of various people on here.

Daniel Giraffe, Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxxpost Vidal Baboon LOL

Daniel Giraffe, Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

i gots no problem with people repping for pedestrian indie as long as they don't mind a little banter in return

placeholder for weak pun (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

As usual Tim, you have most eloquently summed up why I should be enjoying this more than I do, and I appreciate that. I dug out New Forms again only a couple of months ago, having not really listened to it since it first came out. The only thing that I object to in your post is the "received wisdom" thing, because frankly I can't help not being moved by something if it doesn't move me - this is not a parroting of opinion as I've held it since I first heard the album; so as far as I know this opinion is nothing but my own. But hey, I love hearing other's points of view when summarised the way you did.

No problems with crossover appeal - that's a good thing in my book. My secondary issue lies in the ostensible justification of drum'n'bass by trying to compare it to another completely different style of music (jazz) so as to make it more palatable to non-dance listeners when really it should be appreciated on its own merits (i.e. as dance music).

What can I say? At the end of the day it's simply not my bag. People appreciate music based on different values and these don't correlate so well with mine. As a landmark record that went on to influence perhaps the subtler and more experimental side of music: that I agree. And maybe at the time I was still wrapped up in my frantic jungle/aardkore schism, and certainly not tuned in enough to other developments in d'n'b to fully understand that.

On reassessing, it's still a pretty flat-sounding record to my ears (don't want to use the word "wallpaper" because it's certainly more than that), and while I've grown to love the more nuanced styles of dance (minimal house for example) over the last several years, the tunes just skim and scoot around in the background - my mind forgets they're there, which is neither pleasant nor unpleasant - it just is.

I'd like to start a thread about listening to music in a different environment from which it's intended. A big part of Reprazent (and drum'n'bass and dance and rock to an extent) is that it should be heard loud - preferably live in Roni Size's case. Not having access to decent clubs for most of my life, I grew up hearing dance on some pretty shitty home stereo systems. These days I mostly listen to it on headphones: moderately better but I often feel I have to hypnotise myself in order to imagine what it would sound like on a decent bass unit. For one, you can't feel bass vibrations in your body when limiting yourself to earphones.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 20:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm not even 2 minutes in and all I keep thinking is "won't someone save that poor baby goat oh wait that's his singing voice"

― Tal Berkowitz - Vaccine advocate (DJP), Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:35 (14 minutes ago) Bookmark

If Antony and Joanna Newsom did an album together I think your head might explode ;-)

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 20:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not a very big fan at all, but I'm always kind of impressed at how powerful Arctic Monkeys can sound compared to a lot of mid-00's indie. Speaking of soundsystems, if you'd ever attended an indie night circa that year, it blew the competition out the window.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 20:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah actually the thing that is striking me about this is that there is an unambiguous, driving rhythm section here; the crispness of the drums in particular is really viscerally satisfying and definitely making me more amenable to this than I would normally expect (see above Gomez reaction for contrast)

Tal Berkowitz - Vaccine advocate (DJP), Thursday, 8 September 2011 20:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxxxpost you're allowed not to like the album, but all the stuff about sanitising jungle and coffee tables is received wisdom.

my secondary issue lies in the ostensible justification of drum'n'bass by trying to compare it to another completely different style of music (jazz) so as to make it more palatable to non-dance listeners when really it should be appreciated on its own merits (i.e. as dance music).

There is a long history of dance music that uses jazz (and soul and funk and reggae and hip hop and etc.) samples though, and the point of this by and large is not to make the music more palatable to non-dance listeners, but to generate friction between the sample source and the groove.

Some idiot critics and listeners might seize on that in the wrong way (as per your quote) but it's pretty clear that this is not what Roni Size was doing. I'd say the first Goldie album (which I like too) is a much more appropriate target of that criticism.

We wouldn't complain about, say, Moodymann in these terms - mainly because he's never crossed over as much. But this is why working backwards from outcome (winning the mercury music prize) to intention is so fraught.

Tim F, Thursday, 8 September 2011 20:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh I kind of glossed over Badly Drawn Boy; I WONDER WHY

Tal Berkowitz - Vaccine advocate (DJP), Thursday, 8 September 2011 20:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm kind of impressed with Klaxons' attempt to do something different, even if it's mostly terrible. At least they have a drummer.

Tal Berkowitz - Vaccine advocate (DJP), Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

There is a long history of dance music that uses jazz (and soul and funk and reggae and hip hop and etc.) samples though, and the point of this by and large is not to make the music more palatable to non-dance listeners, but to generate friction between the sample source and the groove.

Some idiot critics and listeners might seize on that in the wrong way (as per your quote) but it's pretty clear that this is not what Roni Size was doing. I'd say the first Goldie album (which I like too) is a much more appropriate target of that criticism.

We wouldn't complain about, say, Moodymann in these terms - mainly because he's never crossed over as much. But this is why working backwards from outcome (winning the mercury music prize) to intention is so fraught.

Sampling sources from other styles doesn't compare you to those styles necessarily. If I were to make a juke track that sampled Jacques Brel, Chicago bass wouldn't be the new chanson. But I get your point - I was put off New Forms because of how drum'n'bass was then being pedalled, mostly by pundits and journos and bandwagonjumpers rather than the artists themselves. So yeah, it is unfair to pass judgement in that way. I guess in some ways it's easy to get put off by external media rather than the message itself. Electro was a great laugh until Topman changed their whole line to day-glo pink and yellow and then it just started getting a bit sickening. As a peripheral listener, the younger me would have been more influenced and subsequently put-off by such, as you say, idiotic quotes.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

y'all the Speech Debelle album is great, I think many of you are overly harsh re: the Tracy Chapmanisms because IMO they work

Tal Berkowitz - Vaccine advocate (DJP), Thursday, 8 September 2011 22:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not sure Roni Size's Reprazent tour was better than the album. I really enjoyed the album on release but walked out of the live show.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 8 September 2011 22:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

So I'm giving this another spin before a bit.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 23:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

"for a bit"

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 23:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Do you remember the thread started when I made ill-advised claims about Underworld's drum programming and 90s d 'n b, Tim F? I had a look for it, but couldn't find it. Thought it might be pertinent here.

Neil S, Friday, 9 September 2011 08:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp DNB closes to rap is true, pretty much all old school dnb'ers were hip hop heads before the whole rave thing, even listen to alot of early uk dance stuff it has alot of hip hop in it(bomb the bass, depth charge etc)

X-101, Monday, 12 September 2011 12:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 19 September 2011 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

OK, so I need to make my mind up quickly on this. Interesting to revisit these in order. Some confirmed as enduring classics (Portishead), others as played-out passing pleasures (Franz Ferdinand), others as unarguable WTF-were-they-thinkings (dear God, the M People album is shockingly poor once you get past the singles), and there were a couple whose appeal was lost on me at the time, but which I can now get right behind. So, with that in mind, and to my slight amazement, I'm voting for Roni Size/Reprazent.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

he M People album is shockingly GREAT once you get past the singles

gospodin simmel, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 10:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Went "Dummy". A worst poll would be more interesting IMO.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

That happened in 2007. M People walked it, followed by Gomez.

WORSTEST ALBUM TO WIN MERCURY MUSICS PRIZE!

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 13:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

i just can't with people who think pulp are better than m people

i asked for "HALF" a glass of wine, because i am TEMPERENT (lex pretend), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

can't what?

Have Sex / a pint / dance / what?

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have had a pint with Lex so it can't be that.

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hey, me too.. and then we went to a rave, so...

Yo wait a minute man, you better think about the world (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

portishead my arse.

piscesx, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 01:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Portisarse - Bummy

Yo wait a minute man, you better think about the world (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

fuck this shit

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

I am more confused by Badly Drawn Boy coming in 5th; regardless of how I feel about them, the top 4 albums have enough recognizable support around here to make their placings a given but I thought everyone detested BDB

the tax avocado (DJP), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

(ftr I think the correct album won)

the tax avocado (DJP), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't. (detest I mean, I also think the right album won)...

I dunno, BDB... The album is great, but he seemed to have a very steep 'run out of ideas' curve.

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

.. also, he seemed to have a very strong 'irritation' factor, one small thing going wrong could cause a mighty strop on-stage. That tends to upset people, and rightly so.

Every one talked about Elliot Smith being 'better', but the one CD I got of his, ummm... Nice enough, but didn't really win me over.

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

'Once Around The Block' is a fantastic song. At the time it made me buy BDB's album, which was a huge disappointment. Apart from that song, which to this day is great.

'Main Shop of Love' Gigolo (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

i love a lot of BDB songs, esp from HOTB and the about a boy soundtrack. and one or two from the next one. after that he became entirely unlistenable. some of the most grating shit i've made myself listen to.

witchho (zachlyon), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 19:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

voted xx just over dummy. similar albums in some ways - they both feel real modern. products of their times perhaps - dummy is all 90s bombast (i remember really liking "roads" at first, which quickly faded) while xx is pretty subdued and cautious. fwiw i find third and xx super super similar, and at times i wonder if third is the superior album to dummy. def still feeling my xx pick, and real surprised dummy stomped it so hard

fennel cartwright, Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Bombast"? Dummy? "Bombast"?

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Thursday, 22 September 2011 16:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

"roads" is basically THE most melodramatic song ever

a lot of dummy is pretty chill but there are still some srsly emo lyrics there

fennel cartwright, Thursday, 22 September 2011 16:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Missed this poll, but echo 'the right album won'

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 22 September 2011 21:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

the snore album snored

Dios mio! This kid is FUN to hit! (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 September 2011 07:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Aren't all these albums, by definition, overplayed though? And if that's the case, any winner could be accused of being a boring choice?

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 23 September 2011 08:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah exackly this is why lists, polls, awards, and shit that wins lists polls and awards sucks and is wank

Dios mio! This kid is FUN to hit! (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 September 2011 08:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't think anyone could accuse Speech Debelle's album of being overplayed.

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Friday, 23 September 2011 08:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Poor Speech Debelle

the tax avocado (DJP), Friday, 23 September 2011 13:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Speech Impediment Debelle

Dios mio! This kid is FUN to hit! (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 September 2011 14:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

When she won, did peopl eyell out "Speech! Speech! Speech! " ?

That would explain her length of award acceptance.

Mark G, Friday, 23 September 2011 14:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Speech Débile

Yo wait a minute man, you better think about the world (dog latin), Friday, 23 September 2011 15:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

@campbellclaret
Alastair Campbell
met Speech Debelle at a Labour/arts do last night. Really nice, and she didn't laugh when I showed her the song I wrote about Elvis
5 minutes ago via web

lex pretend, Friday, 23 September 2011 15:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Never before have I seen so much irrelevence in one tweet.

Matt DC, Friday, 23 September 2011 15:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

would love to hear that tbh

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 23 September 2011 15:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

He later had a discussion about Avatar and vuvuzelas with Hull City manager Phil Brown.

Matt DC, Friday, 23 September 2011 15:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

See, i have no idea if you're joking about that or not

pandemic, Friday, 23 September 2011 16:00 (3 years ago) Permalink


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