The Merc

The Mercury Prize shortlist nominations were announced this morning. I would like to think that there were no real suprises. The Arctic Monkeys, Thom York, Muse and the usual were expected. Listening to the Radio this morning getting ready, I noticed that there was some general suprise from many of the radio personalities on the snub of Lily Allen. I don’t if anyone who actually reads this blog, has any interest in Lily Allen, but I do. I’m not particularly fond of her. Yet, somehow she is managing to have a number one single, as well as the hype machine completely backing her.
I’ve been to many pubs, talk to many people on nights out, and read a lot of publications about music as it is part of what I do for a living. I just don’t understand what the interest is. I’ve rarely met anyone who actually enjoys her music. It’s sort of a hybrid of formulaic pop with bits of ska. The other night, I was making my way around the Soho bar circuit when I go into a conversation with someone about her. She didn’t find the music very interesting either. Somehow, all of the Djs, press and television programs have gotten behind her claiming that her single, “Smile” is the summertime anthem of the year. Just another example of how if the media and spinsters get behind something and give it the right spin and attention, people will believe the hype. Perhaps, I just don’t get it. Does anyone?

2 Comments so far

  1. Tomas (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

    I think she’s pretty good, definitely better than the droning samey Arctic Monkeys in any case. I went to see her in Shepherds Bush this week and she has a surprisingly good array of songs. I do agree with you about the hype – and there were plenty of serious looking people, some journalists, who didn’t seem to enjoy it at all but presumably felt they ought to be there.


  2. matt c (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    i dont know, perhaps im not seeing it. its OK. nothing spectacular.



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