Monday, July 24, 2006

Mercury Music Prize...And PopJustice Prize!

I'm probably the last blogger on this planet earth to announce the shortlist of these two prestigious prizes from the UK.

Mercury Music Prize 2006

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Ballad Of The Broken Seas
Editors - The Back Room
Guillemots - Through the Windowpane
Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
Hot Chip - The Warning
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Zoe Rahman - Melting Pot
Lou Rhodes - Beloved One
Scritti Politti - White Bread Black Beer
Sway - This Is My Demo
Thom Yorke - The Eraser


Go to this web page to read more information about each of the nominee.

Don't think Arctic Monkeys will win. They're too high-profile. Only half of that list I have heard of. Bet it'll go to an obscure act instead. I'm pissed off that they don't list Lily Allen and Gnarls Barkley there. Sure, their genres don't quite fit into the list, but...whatever.

In contrast to Mercury Music Prize, which is about the serious, indie critic darlings, PopJustice is a sarcastic, unabashedly un-serious prize that gives 20 quid to the winner of the most brilliant UK pop single of the year. Here's the shortlist:

PopJustice Prize Shortlist:

'Biology' - Girls Aloud
'DARE' - Gorillaz
'Destroy Everything You Touch' - Ladytron
'I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)' - Rachel Stevens
'Number One' - Goldfrapp
'Over & Over' - Hot Chip
'Push The Button' - Sugababes
'Smile' - Lily Allen
'Supermassive Black Hole' - Muse
'Up All Night' - Matt Willis
'Valentine' - The Delays
'Who Am I?' - Will Young


I'm secretly rooting for Lily Allen & Girls Aloud. Those two songs are ridiculously catchy. Hush...don't tell anyone.

*Update*:
Ben Loves Music 's got a 2-part post covering on the Mercury nominees, with pictures and mp3s, too. Here's part 1 and part 2.

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