🎤 Mercury Prize - Best of the rest (2003) 🎤

Previous results from these threads…

1993 - PJ Harvey - Rid of me
1994 - Pulp - His ‘n’ Hers
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
2023 - Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy

Today we travel back to 2003 when the mercury prize for best album by an Irish or British album was won by Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da corner.

IF you could pick the runner up, who would it be?

As usual you have up to 3 votes…

  • Athlete - Vehicles & Animals
  • Eliza Carthy - Anglicana
  • Coldplay - A rush of blood to the head
  • The Darkness - Permission to land
  • Floetry - Floetic
  • Soweto Kinch - Conversations with the unseen
  • Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons
  • The Thrills - So much for the city
  • Martina Topley Bird - Quixotic
  • Radiohead - Hail to the thief
  • Terri Walker - Untitled
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The best they could do?


Up until these alternative winning album threads were started I had no idea/recollection how bad the Mercury shortlists are. 2003 was no exception.

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Permission To Land is a classic, easy choice


That being said, I would say that we have a nice looking list of runners up in the list at the top of this post. However some of these Mercury lists have some absolute stinkers!

Had six of these on CD, what an era


Alarmingly, hail to the thief would be in my top three.

This should’ve been nominated/won;

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I remember Planet Sound on Channel 4 teletext saying how terrible this shortlist was - the only ones they liked were Dizzee Rascal, Coldplay and Radiohead and they pointed out the latter two didn’t really need a Mercury nomination at that point

That is a grim list. My 2003 votes go to:

Four Tet - Rounds
Broadcast -HaHa Sound
Super Furry Animals -Phantom Power

The Mercury Prize is comically shit I’m not sure why anyone takes it seriously

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Easy three for me. Radiohead, The Darkness and Lemon Jelly.

Definitely spent to much time listening to The Thrills in 2003 though :grimacing:

Phantom Power came out the same day as Boy in Da Corner - good release date that

(Haha Sound would have been eligible for the 2004 prize as it came out in August)

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Ok sub in:

Goldfrapp -Black Cherry

Is Quixotic any good? I remember hearing Sandpaper Kisses while playing Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy years ago and loving it, but I never ventured further beyond that.

I voted for Coldplay and Lemon Jelly. Really like those two albums.

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No surprises. That was Hail to the thief right?!

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