Mercury rocks
July 22, 2003 10:35 AM   Subscribe

The Mercury Music prize has rolled around again. 12 top artists from the UK and Ireland are up for glory. Winning is no guarantee of long term success, so frankly,what's the point?
posted by ascullion (12 comments total)
(obviously, the point is to get people talking about music.. and frankly, I love watching critics bitch about the winners). My money's on Dizzie Rascal (literally, he's a generous 10-1 at
posted by ascullion at 10:37 AM on July 22, 2003

What's the point of any award?
posted by agregoli at 10:50 AM on July 22, 2003

if only you lived in America, where each grammy winner invariably goes on to great popular and critical success.
posted by BigPicnic at 11:14 AM on July 22, 2003

oh, and dizzee rascal rules.
posted by BigPicnic at 11:15 AM on July 22, 2003

*blinks* I was googling around last year trying to find out if Martina Topley-Bird had any solo work coming out, and the results were discouraging... But now there's an album to be released July 14th. Excellent. Her voice and contributions to Tricky's Maxinquaye made that album the glorious thing it is, so I'm excited about this. Nice site design, too. But why won't people proofread; apparently she's playing with some band called "Massive Attach" in the near future.
posted by jokeefe at 11:16 AM on July 22, 2003

What do you mean, whats the point? 20 grand and enormous exposure. Many of those 12 would be quite pleased to have 20 grand, strangely enough.
posted by influx at 11:18 AM on July 22, 2003

Hmm, I haven't though about Talvin Singh in a while, I should dig that album out of my collection, it was quite good.
posted by bobo123 at 11:20 AM on July 22, 2003

What do you mean, whats the point?

It reflected the content of the article, which allowed me to play devils' advocate. I thought the first comment made my feelings clear..
posted by ascullion at 11:29 AM on July 22, 2003

As fellow Dubliner to them, my vote is for The Thrills, (link is one mentioned in the FPP), who are extremely popular in Ireland and only released their debut a couple of weeks ago. It's fair to say that they are pretty derivative, but they are a lot of fun to listen to and they really brighten your day...
posted by tomcosgrave at 3:54 PM on July 22, 2003

I really liked the Lemon Jelly album, but they're so unhip it's almost painfull.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 6:17 PM on July 22, 2003

Dizzee Rascal's album can be heard here. He's definately the critics darling, Reynolds is practically humping his leg.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 6:22 PM on July 22, 2003

More Dizzee nob-goblin here.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 6:27 PM on July 22, 2003

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