I thought this rather interesting when I belatedly stumbled across it today: the shortlist for the BRIT Awards’ ‘Best Album of 30 Years’ accolade, representing the finest of 30 years of previous BRIT Award-winning albums.
They are as follows:
– Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
– Dido, No Angel
– Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms
– Duffy, Rockferry
– Keane, Hopes & Fears
– Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
– Phil Collins, No Jacket Required
– Sade, Diamond Life
– The Verve, Urban Hymns
– Travis, The Man Who
The thing is, the BRITs being the music industry’s own awards, to be eligible you had to have already won a BRIT Award – in the Best British Album category – and you win this in the first place based on sales figures.
So, I had a look and found the other past winners… and realised that the shortlist probably is as good as it can get, although I would definitely substitute the two Manic Street Preachers albums at the expense of pretty much any of them bar Brothers in Arms and Urban Hymns. I would also like to see Annie Lennox (Union Jack-et negotiable) win a BRIT each year, even though she has seven already.
Do you favour any of these over the actual nominees? If, as many believe, Britannia ruled the (air)waves in the ’60s and ’70s, are these award-winning albums conclusive proof that things have gone downhill dramatically ever since?
– Adam and the Ants, Kings Of the Wild Frontier
– Blur, Parklife (Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell had been nominated)
– Coldplay, Parachutes and X&Y
– The Darkness, Permission to Land
– Fairground Attraction, First Of a Million Kisses
– Fine Young Cannibals, The Raw and the Cooked
– Annie Lennox, Diva
– Manic Street Preachers, Everything Must Go and This is My Truth, Tell Me Yours
– George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice
– Seal, Seal
– Stereo MCs, Connected
– Sting, Nothing Like the Sun
If, like me, you initially find the idea of the ten albums in contention representing the pinnacle of 30 years of British music as depressing as a bowl of cold porridge on a wet winter’s morn (and the use of ‘Best’ as contentious as, well, the last equivalent survey we discussed), you might find this stirs you from your malaise.
Ten ‘better’ albums, even if they weren’t as commercially-successful – from 1980 onwards, please. From UK artists only, don’t forget. (The Division Bell… Hello?)
Should you care to vote, voting closes at 9pm (UK) tomorrow – Thursday 28 January. The winning album will be the one with the most votes when voting ends.
You have to register to vote and the registration form asks for everything other than your shoe size, which may prove off-putting to some. (Slight exaggeration there, but why should one’s date of birth, not to mention telephone number, be required? Presumably the only advantage to registering is being able to cast a vote and leave a comment, not buy cigarettes, and nobody should expect a ring-back.)
The 2010 BRIT Awards will take place on 16 February. Will you be watching?