Monday, January 18, 2010

Collective decision

A paucity of interesting sideshow in the Brit awards nominees announced today brings up one stop-in-your-tracks name - Animal Collective, nominated for two of the International gongs (as have Empire Of The Sun, a project which may have had a good amount of label dollarage behind it but hardly took off) and allowing Domino to laud "progressive, forward-thinking, unique and beautiful music that doesn’t pander to the corporate systems", an odd thing to highlight when it's just been nominated for two Brit awards.

Obviously, they shouldn't prepare a speech, much as we'd like to know what it contains. What they've fallen into is the curse of the fifth nominee, the moment when the committee realise they're one populist name short and send one of the executives off to see what they've got on in the office. All these people got actual Brit nominations:

- Richard Hawley (2008 British Male)
- The Eagles (2008 international group and album. The Eagles! In 2008!)
- Bob Dylan (2007 international male)
- Cat Power (2007 international female)
- Tom Waits (2005 international male)
- Brian Wilson (2005 international male)
- The Thrills (2004 international breakthrough)
- The Coral (2004 best album, which seems a little highfalutin for a band like them)
- Aphex Twin (2002 British male)
- Zero 7 (2002 British breakthrough)
- Van Morrison (2000 and 1996 British male)
- Wiseguys (2000 British breakthrough, in a dance music-laced list)
- Ann Lee (2000 pop act. Pop must have been in a worse way than anyone thought that year)
- Neil Finn (1999 international male)
- Propellerheads (1999 British breakthrough. Belle & Sebastian were far more unlikely but actually won, which spoils the narrative)
- Mick Hucknall (1997 British male, presumably just for the sake of it)
- Lightning Seeds (1997 British group. How out of place that looks)
- The Tony Rich Project (1997 international breakthrough)
- Jimmy Nail (1996 British male)
- Vanessa Mae (1996 British female, which is a wide definition of the art)

What we also want to draw your attention to is the nomination set for the best Brits performance of the last thirty years, oddly 00s slanted:

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive/How Deep is Your Love (1997)
Bros - I Owe you Nothing (1989)
Coldplay - Clocks (2003)
Eurythmics & Stevie Wonder - Angel (1999)
Girls Aloud - The Promise (2009)
Kanye West - Gold Digger (2006)
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of my Head (2002)
Michael Jackson - Earth Song (1996)
Paul McCartney - Live & Let Die (2008)
Pet Shop Boys - Go West (1994)
Robbie Williams & Tom Jones - The Full Monty Medley (1998)
Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama (2005)
Spice Girls - Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are (1997)
Take That - Beatles Medley I Wanna Hold Your Hand/Hard Day's Night/She Loves Me (1994)
The Who - Who Are You (1988)

Yes, it really does refer to that classic Beatles song She Loves Me. And no, we don't know that "classic" Bros performance either. And yes, it does include the awry Jacko set-piece, although it's worth recalling that the TV director and seemingly all reporters missed it on the night and it was left to the papers to report events, which they did by condemning Jarvis for attacking children.


Mistress Wanda said...

hahaha I never realised Aphew Twin got nominated for a Brit. Now that is tokenism at it's best!

Anonymous said...

i must admit, although i used to watch The Brits every year and remember most of those people being nominated, Aphex Twin was the only one that i can recall vividly as particularly standing out at the time (the year that for some reason Frank Skinner was hosting); i think a lot of the others only really seem odder in hindsight, whereas at the time it didn't seem like Drukqs had been a big enough chart enough to warrant even the filler nomination. i think the bizarreness was perhaps helped by the footage of Richard's head twisting, expanding and exploding in the "and the nominations are..." montage.