2000 - Death In Vegas - The Contino Sessions. I played that one to death.
2001 - either PJ Harvey or Elbow’s debut. Not in love with anything on that one.
2002 - I dunno. The Streets, maybe? I’m beginning to think I’m not cut out for this, but I will plow on regardless
2003 - Lordy. I’m going with The Darkness. That album is at least entertainingly stupid, and most other things from that list aren’t even entertainingly entertaining.
2004 - Has the Mercury always been this bad? I’ll stick with Franz Ferdinand, the actual winner. I quite liked it at the time, but I’d be surprised if I’d listened to it in the last ten years. On reflection, I think I would support an option for taking all the nominees round the back and shooting them. Is that a goer?
2005 - Oooh, there’s actually four here I could pick. I’ll go with Maximo Park on the grounds that they’ve lasted longer for me than Go Team, Seth Lakeman (saw him play a few years ago and it was awful) or Bloc Party
2006 - I liked The Guillemots. Whatever happened to them? Did they just pack it in in the end? They never seemed to really get anywhere.
2007 - I see the panel chose The Klaxons over Amy Winehouse’s Back In Black. On the right side of history there. Not that fussed about any of these though.
2008 - Burial for me, with BSP as a strong runner up
2009 - Sweet Billy Pilgrim. I really liked that album
2010 - Probably Foals. Not keen on anything before or since, but they got it right on that record.
2011 - Hmmm. I liked the Anna Calvi at the time, but per the comment about over-valuing debuts above, she’s not exactly set the world on fire since, has she?
2012 - Richard Hawley. So disappointed he went back to the balladeer schtick afterwards.
2013 - Savages. Or maybe Jon Hopkins.
2014 - GoGo Penguin
2015 - Christ. No award.
2016 - The Comet Is Coming.