Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Johnsons Go!

Last night was the Mercury Music Prize, the prize for the most toe-tapping British album. Like all prizes it is kind of meaningless and it is often won by the wrong person. But this year I was gripped by a powerful feeling that it would be won by faux-Britons Antony & The Johnsons. I deduced this by dividing column inches by volume of critical slaver. This was a clear opportunity for me to place a bet.

A bet I then put off making, repeatedly, for weeks.

Fortunately yesterday afternoon I remembered, but then struggled with my drawing so much that I had to have a nap. When I woke up, I was full of artistic fire. So much fire that I forgot to go on the William Hill website and bet.

At about 11pm I discovered that I had every right to be smug, because old Antony and his Nina Simone-style warbling had won. But oh dear, I had done myself out of £150 (I intended to place a £30 stake, because I am a high roller). So, in essence, I worked so hard on comics that I did myself out of £150.

You ask: John, how can I make this right? How can we heal the hurt inside? The answer is, you don't have to, because my Mercury Prize favourite, the Go! Team, already made me feel that everything is right with the world. Here is the video for their single, I showed it to Jeff Rowland and he said it made him want to throw a rock at a dog. You decide.

"Bottlerocket" video.

16 comments:

Kyle Jones said...

I am now having a horrid seizure...

Marcin said...

I don't know if I can keep my dinner down. I am now soothing myself with Nouvelle Vague.

John A said...

PHILISTINES

Jay said...

Catchy, very catchy, but in the words of the immortal sidekick Penfold:

"I'll never put my teddy in the tumble dryer ever again."

Seriously, thanks for the recommendation, John.

David Streever said...

hmmmmm.............

N.D. Barrett said...

My eyes are tired from trying to take it all in, but I'm looking forward to picking up that album as soon as it's out.

Jen said...

Maybe it's that I haven't had anything but coffee in 13 hours, but that was either really cool, or really weird and not cool. Or maybe both.

Jenna said...

I wanted to turn that off about a third of the way through, but I thought "No, Jenna, there's a chance that it might get good." It did not. I was disappointed. And my eyes hurt now.

Hyosho said...

The album is good, but I'm not listening to it half as much as I am Arcade Fire. (although to do so would be impossible, as it would involve removing 'funeral' from my CD player, which would incite the wrath of Cerberus, the 3-headed dog that guards it.)

Anna said...

The song's tempo and melody made my innards all happy. The video was a bit confusing, but the 70s colours and images made me feel warm inside nonetheless.

Glen M said...

Damn. The first time I played it through I was thinking 'This is a little..... strange', but I thought i'd give it another go and now its been played 6 times . I'll be humming this all day tomorrow.

Kyle Jones said...

Johnny dear, I had no problem with the music, it wasn't half bad at all. The video just gave me the twirls...

Jay said...

I felt like I was watching some 70's American kids tv show while high on acid and unable to get past the opening titles.
This isn't as unpleasant as it sounds.

dave mclean said...

The Go! Team is really one of the catchiest bands out there.

Koshkat said...

Okay... I never thought I'd end up saying this...

But... +blush+

I think I'm in love with Shelly.

Damn you, John! Why did you have to create a being of pure cuteness?

Koshkat said...

...Even if I mispell her name.