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Old 30-05-2004, 09:14:13   #37
Lazarus and the Gimp
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No- just pointing out that your claim that all Mercury award winning albums were massively successful before winning is dodgy.

The thing is- most really great albums do tend to end up being successful. If the Mercury award went purely out to find "undicovered treasures" and stuck deliberately to obscure acts it would just end up a dry and irrelevant exercise in muso snobbery. As it is, when you get artists like Gavin Bryers on the shortlists and P J Harvey and Talvin Singh winning it, I don't get the impression that they're playing safe. I think it's an interesting mix.
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