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Has he got a point, or is he a big baby?
Is instantly nullified by:
a) Seeming a trillion miles out of touch (no, Kevin, Mercury are not a phone company.)
b) Being a complete egomaniac (Music Week didn't mention your precious album? I expect several other publications didn't either. Boo fucking hoo.)
c) Getting a bit tinfoil hat at the end (yes Kevin, sinister Mercury prize based forces were responsible for the downfall of M People. WAKE UP SHEEPLE.)
Plus the album's not actually that good, so not being nominated has saved him the bother of being beaten by Jake Bugg or Disclosure.
but ceased to exist in 1997. It was the original sponsor, hence the name of the award.
That's a technical victory and I'm having it.
before accusing someone of being "a trillion miles out of touch".
And my victory lap is of the entire world. Except the music board.
replace the 'or' for an 'and' in the OP. yes.
Our Kev's a marble or two short by this point, but overall he makes a good point - independent or D.I.Y. artists are blocked off entirely from the award (even one as large as MBV), which is just another way of keeping the Mercury on the straight and painfully narrow.
And m b v not being good? Heresy, I say. DEATH TO FALSE SHOEGAZE
but he does give me a "sour grapes" impression towards the end of the article.
mbv is certainly much more worthy than an Arctic Monkeys album that has been out for like a week.
I wish it didn't.
It gets so much coverage for what's basically a PR stunt for Barclaycard (and Mercury before it). A weird corporate attempt at showing they're in touch with happening things. It's somehow managed to get this weird reputation for being about innovation which seems odd given that people like M People and Arctic Monkeys have won it.
The whole thing just seems weird. It's basically like the Brit Awards with a slightly edgier marketing sheen and less awards.
and if I was in his shoes would probably vent much the same. Still, mbv was a load of pish.
I'd just like to say that The Mercury Awards was one of the reasons I was directed toward alternative music & it's pretty much the only mainstream platform that allows this on national tv.
MBV sounds like listening to music whilst under water.
hmmm. arctic monkeys, elbow..
we had a thread about this one time.
He's allowed a grump every now and then
not getting a Mercury nomination. After all, My Bloody Valentine are undoubtedly part of the elite set of bands that don't need it. I think he cares far more about independent releases in general not getting a look in, which is the main point here. He's completely on the money regarding that, no how much people are attempting to spin the story.
that´s the whole point.
the new album isn't *really* rubbish.
just like Loveless isn't *really* a classic.
i quite like MBV, but we should stop having such BIG OPINIONS about them.
Lots of Shields' comments "paraphrased" with "snippets of quotes scattered throughout" rather than just "printed in full sentences". You can see the quotation marks fingers being wiggled, like they're taking the piss.
Also, the reference to Alcopop! seemed a little crowbarred in...