Most people think that winning the Mercury Prize Award is a dream come true for any musician, but is it all that it’s cracked up to be?
A minority of people genuinely believe that it’s cursed. Yes. CURSED.
Okay, I admit to finding this theory a little ridiculous at first, but then I realised this: there actually is an elaborate history of failure after winning the Mercury Prize.
Have you ever heard of Roni Size/Reprazent? Ms Dynamite’s second album? And any ideas whatsoever about what happened to Pulp after winning in 1996?
No, no, and no again.
(For the record, subsequent to Pulp’s Award success, they embarked on a number of international tour dates, released the album ‘This Is Hardcore’, which failed to live up to the legacy of ‘Different Class’, before taking an ‘extended hiatus’ for nine-years in 2002).
I’m not completely convinced about this so-called ‘curse’…
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