20 Years of the Mercury Prize - Winners Poll

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It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2011 23:40 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 19 September 2011 23:01 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

gospodin simmel, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 10:05 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

can't what?

Have Sex / a pint / dance / what?

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:21 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

System, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

portishead my arse.

piscesx, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 01:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Portisarse - Bummy

Yo wait a minute man, you better think about the world (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

fuck this shit

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:00 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

(ftr I think the correct album won)

the tax avocado (DJP), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:01 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Bombast"? Dummy? "Bombast"?

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Thursday, 22 September 2011 16:44 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

the snore album snored

Dios mio! This kid is FUN to hit! (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 September 2011 07:08 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Poor Speech Debelle

the tax avocado (DJP), Friday, 23 September 2011 13:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Speech Impediment Debelle

Dios mio! This kid is FUN to hit! (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 September 2011 14:30 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Speech Débile

Yo wait a minute man, you better think about the world (dog latin), Friday, 23 September 2011 15:01 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

Matt DC, Friday, 23 September 2011 15:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

would love to hear that tbh

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 23 September 2011 15:36 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

pandemic, Friday, 23 September 2011 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink


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