FEATURE: The Mercury Prize: 25 and Still Surprising



The Mercury Prize:


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25 and Still Surprising


WHETHER you consider it an irrelevant award or a…

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vital part of the music catalogue: you cannot deny how important the Mercury Prize is to the artists nominated. Whilst some winners have faded into obscurity (Talvin Singh anyone?) bands like Elbow, Primal Scream and Suede are still together and recording years after they won the prize. There has been a lot of interest and attention paid to this year’s nominations considering David Bowie’s untimely death – he is the odds-on favourite to win in many people’s hearts. While I favour Radiohead for the prize but feel a win for Kano would be a great decision – there is no telling who will actually win on the night. To be fair, the Mercury Prize is not a curse for artists and can increase record sales and confident for those who claim the award – even those nominated see their music reach new audiences and their careers grow. It is brilliant to see the range of artists and albums nominated this year: from the gritty Rap/Grime of Skepta to the cosmic weirdness of The Comet Is Coming. In anticipation of this year’s event: I look back at all the winners so far – selecting the best track from each album.



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1992: Primal ScreamScreamadelica


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWUC2-ypnDQ&w=560&h=315]


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1993: Suede - Suede


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nWJQStqrfw&w=560&h=315]


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1994: M PeopleElegant Slumming


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCekWXCO6Uc&w=560&h=315]


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1995: Portishead - Dummy


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnFlrR43YBs&w=560&h=315]


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1996: PulpDifferent Class


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0DRch3YLh0&w=560&h=315]


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1997: Roni Size/ReprazentNew Forms


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwI0gbGEyuI&w=560&h=315]


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1998: GomezBring It On


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKrIkflT_YY&w=560&h=315]


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1999: Talvin Singh - Ok


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VclOPJCMlCY&w=560&h=315]


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2000: Badly Drawn BeastThe Hour of Bewilderbeast


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPVAipmV7jY&w=560&h=315]


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2001: PJ HarveyStories from the City, Stories from the Sea


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTrGowDPjBk&w=560&h=315]


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2002: Ms. DynamiteA Little Deeper


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxkRuJz0yrw&w=560&h=315]


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2003: Dizzee RascalBoy in da Corner


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZGvnI37mxk&w=560&h=315]


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2004: Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18pyJ1rPfH8&w=560&h=315]


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2005: Antony and the JohnsonsI Am a Bird Now


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufmJo_OBWyM&w=560&h=315]


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2006: Arctic MonkeysWhatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqkBRVukQmE&w=560&h=315]


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2007: KlaxonsMyths of the Near Future


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-SJjFcnsGs&w=560&h=315]


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2008: ElbowThe Seldom Seen Kid


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxczVhG0os8&w=560&h=315]


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2009: Speech DebelleSpeech Therapy


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I98iyEf5a7E&w=560&h=315]


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2010: The xx - xx


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pib8eYDSFEI&w=560&h=315]


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2011: PJ Harvey Let England Shake


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBtOWXNPQ_w&w=560&h=315]


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2012: Alt-JAn Awesome Wave


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVeMiVU77wo&w=560&h=315]


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2013: James BlakeOvergrown


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p6PcFFUm5I&w=560&h=315]


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2014: Young Fathers - Dead


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiMtr9QJHlY&w=560&h=315]


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2015: Benjamin ClementineAt Least for Now


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dc5BQ31iLw&w=560&h=315]


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2016: The Five in the Running...


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Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI2oS2hoL0k&w=560&h=315]


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Kano Made in the Manor


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPmNxobIoWI&w=560&h=315]


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Bat for Lashes – The Bride


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0QTaULDRXI&w=560&h=315]


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Anohni Hopelessness


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pei4SnavUk&w=560&h=315]


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David Bowie Blackstar


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zF2tsBJnpk&w=560&h=315]


In four days, we will find out who walks away with this year’s Mercury Prize. While there are definite frontrunners and favourites: Past years have shown you cannot easily predict who will win. The past two years have seen under-the-radar artists emerge victorious – those who defied the odds and claimed the top prize. In 1994, few would have guessed M People would have won the prize – considering The Prodigy and Blur were both nominated following career-best album releases. Who knows but many bookies are favouring David Bowie to win – it would be very shocking were anyone else to scoop the Mercury. With regards this year’s forthcoming ceremony…

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WHO knows what will happen.