Radiohead Battle Newcomers For Mercury Prize
British band RADIOHEAD are fighting it out with a group of rock rookies for this year's (03) prestigious PANASONIC MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE.
The band's controversial HAIL TO THE THIEF long player is their third album to make the short-list, and must also compete with rivals COLDPLAY, one of the only other British groups to have Stateside success.
Eight of the twelve shortlisted releases are debuts, although MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD was up for the $32,000 (GBP20,000) prize in 1995, when she provided vocals to TRICKY's MAXINQUAYE.
Other artists shortlisted for their debut releases are THE THRILLS, SOWETO KINCH, THE DARKNESS, ATHLETE and TERRI WALKER. The winner will be announced on 9 September (03).
The band-heavy list follows two years of female solo success - PJ HARVEY triumphed in 2001, while Brit rapper MS DYNAMITE was last year's (02) winner.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
RADIOHEAD - HAIL TO THE THIEF
DIZZEE RASCAL - BOY IN DA CORNER
THE THRILLS - SO MUCH FOR THE CITY
SOWETO KINCH - CONVERSATIONS WITH THE UNSEEN
FLOETRY - FLOETIC
THE DARKNESS - PERMISSION TO LAND
COLDPLAY - A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD - QUIXOTIC
ELIZA CARTHY - ANGLICANA
ATHLETE - VEHICLES AND ANIMALS
TERRI WALKER - UNTITLED
LEMON JELLY - LOST HORIZONS.22/07/2003 13:43