🎤 Mercury Prize - Best of the rest (1994) 🎤

Winners from these threads so far…

1993 - PJ Harvey - Rid of me
1995 - Tricky - Maxinquaye
1999 - Blur - 13
2001 - Radiohead - Amnesiac
2002 - The Streets - Original Pirate Material
2005 - Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
2006 - Hot Chip - The Warning
2008 - Radiohead - In Rainbows
2009 - The Horrors - Primary Colours
2010 - Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
2011 - Metronomy - The English Riviera
2013 - Jon Hopkins - Immunity
2015 - Aphex Twin - Syro
2017 - The xx - I see you
2020 - Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
2021 - Sault - Untitled (rise) / Mogwai - As the love continues

This time we are going back to 1994.
In 1994 the award was won by M People for elegant slumming.
But if you could pick the runner up who would it be?
You can choose up to 3 albums from this list…

  • Blur - Parklife
  • Ian McNabb - Head Like a Rock
  • Shara Nelson - What Silence knows
  • Michael Nyman - The Piano Concerto/MGV
  • The Prodigy - Music for the Jilted generation.
  • Pulp - His ‘n’ Hers
  • Take That - Everything Changes
  • Therapy? - Troublegum
  • Paul Weller - Wild Wood
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Just vote for the three I’ve heard, easy

Pulp to win

Difficult one: probably Prodigy, Pulp and Therapy? in that order, but that Shara Nelson album’s pretty great too. And the Michael Nyman one.

Think that Ian McNabb album might be the one he did with Crazy Horse, worth a listen if you’re a Neil Young fan

Pulp lost to M People by one vote apparently

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Bark Psychosis - Hex
Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet
Massive Attack - Protection
and Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman

were all 1994. Surely some of those should have made the cut? Remember 1994 being one of the best years ever for new music


Prodigy and Take That appear to be the only good albums released in 1994. Weird.

I think Mars Audiac Quintet and Protection would have been eligible the following year (when Portishead won)

Looks like Protection was September so yeah. Mars Audiac Quintet was August so I thought would have qualified, but then saw Definitely Maybe and Dummy were also August, so dunno (Definitely Maybe was nominated in 1995 too)

Still no excuse for not putting Underworld and Aphex Twin on there though you wouldn’t have thought. Both of those records were huge

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You have until 10am on Tuesday to vote in this poll.
I went for probably the three most obvious ones…

The Prodigy

They are all brilliant albums and would be worthy winners of the poll.

As much as i dislike blur i had a couple of weeks of quite enjoying parklife when i was 13ish.

Never heard his n hers but i like Pulp.

Enjoyed that therapy record back in the day.

Closes in 6 mins

Pulp win!

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