Ex-CREATION RECORDS boss ALAN McGEE has issued a stinging attack on some of the artists nominated for this year’s MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE, calling COLDPLAY “bedwetters’ music”, before claiming bands such as PRIMAL SCREAM did not get nominated because they “don’t suck corporate cock”.
In a feature printed in today’s Guardian newspaper (July 28), McGee questions why his favourite bands, including his former label signings Primal Scream, David Holmes and Supergrass have not been nominated for the award, when artists such as Coldplay have.
He writes: “If the Mercury Music Prize stands for anything, it supposedly stands for innovation. So how can David Holmes and Primal Scream be left out? Holmes‘ ‘Bow Down To The Exit Sign’ is a fuck off to the dance music scene…and the fact he hasn’t been picked is a crime against music.
“Then there’s Primal Scream…‘XTRMNTR’ is a classic. That record is seminal and the only reason they haven’t been nominated is because they’re not music business. Primal Scream and David Holmes do not suck corporate cock. They don’t play the game, and if you don’t play the game you’re out.”
Elsewhere, he blasts the “Jeff Buckley-lite” Coldplay as “bedwetters’ music”. He continues: “If Coldplay have an attitude about anything, it’s passing their A-levels.”
Coldplay are currently 3/1 favourites to win this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Other artists nominated this year are: Leftfield, Richard Ashcroft, MJ Cole, Death In Vegas, Doves, Badly Drawn Boy, Nitin Sawhney, The Delgados, Helicopter Girl, Kathryn Williams and Nicholas Maw.
The winner will be announced on September 12.