Music is dead

This year’s Mercury’s:

  • Two nasty scratchy guitar bands (including the fucking Arctic Cockmasters again)
  • Four “Nu Rave” bands (someone find whichever unutterable idiot at the NME invented that genre label and force them to eat their own genitalia, please)
  • Two token other-genre albums (folk and classical) that won’t win, but have to be there to give the list some air of respectability.
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Dizzee Rascal (which I suppose deserves some credit for being something a bit different, but that doesn’t stop it from being unpleasant noises made by a talking chav)
  • …and two albums by bands that I might not actually be totally ashamed to own (Maps and Bat For Lashes).

But seriously, if that’s the best British music can come up with in an entire year, then we should all just give up now, go home, and leave music to the Canadians, who seem to be making a much, much better job of it right now.

4 Responses to “Music is dead”

  1. Gordon says:

    Go on then, who would you have listed?

  2. nayf says:

    A talking chav? As opposed to all the mute chavs? Anyway, Jamie T doesn’t really fit into any of your categories there. Also, have you listened to Basquiat Strings? They won’t win, but I think you’d like them.

  3. Chris says:

    Jamie T falls under New Rave, even if he’s not. Either way, he’s horrible.

    You’re right about the Basquiat Strings, though; they are rather good. And the Maps album is good, too, in an M83-meets-Spiritualised-by-way-of-Mercury-Rev-and-Sonic-Youth sort of way.

  4. AT says:

    Just wait till next yr things will get better