Posted in music on September 9, 2008


Elbow were tonight named the winners of the Nationwide Mercury Prize 2008 for their album The Seldom Seen Kid.

They won the revered prize ahead of a shortlist of 11 other acts at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London and their victory sees them follow in the footsteps of acts such as last year's winner Klaxons.

The band had been nominated for their first album Asleep In The Back in 2001, but they lost out to PJ Harvey for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. The Seldom Seen Kid is the band's fourth album.

Elbow received a standing ovation from guests at the event. Collecting the prize, which is worth £20,000, singer Guy Garvey said: "This is quite literally the best thing that's ever happened to us. I know I'm supposed to say something cool, but it's literally the best thing that has happened." [The Q Daily]



Comments (35)

i bet Burial feels pretty stupid for revealing himself now

Posted by jason | September 9, 2008 5:57 PM

I really wanted Burial to win. Oh well congrats to Elbow. :)

Posted by Steve | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM

the mercury prize hasnt been worthwhile since gomez won it in 98...

that burial cd was by far the best of the bunch.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 6:16 PM

Well deserved. Great album.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 6:20 PM

M People!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 6:21 PM

About FOOKIN' time, eh?

Posted by b.LOUD | September 9, 2008 6:34 PM

I like the fact that they kept it real during their acceptance. kept it fundamental and honest.

Posted by Motorokr | September 9, 2008 6:54 PM

Between this and their song being used by the Coen's for their new trailer, I'd say it's been a pretty good month for these guys.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 7:17 PM

Guy Garvey once made one of the weirdest pleas to an audience I've ever heard when he asked the ladies in the crowd not to dye their hair but to let it go grey naturally. this was during their show at Hiro a couple years back.

Posted by j | September 9, 2008 7:22 PM

YAY. Couldn't happen to nicer, more-deserving guys.

Posted by bill p | September 9, 2008 7:22 PM

I am open to music, so I download new music just to get a taste. When I listened to Burial for the first time, I thought someone mislabeled it as a joke, so I downloaded another version. Same music. Wow, this is the album people love? Really?!?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 7:26 PM

yea burial should have won...really...

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 7:39 PM

This was the whole list:

Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee Deep In The North Sea
Rachel Unthank - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement

Radiohead should have won

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 7:48 PM

Radiohead! Hands Down!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 7:56 PM

Radiohead definitely should have won. Especially since they haven't won before and since they are the best band in the world.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 7:57 PM

Neon Neon or Burial should have taken it...

Posted by robert doosh | September 9, 2008 8:03 PM

Burial and Radiohead split the votes, thus giving it to Elbow, who's album is mediocre shite by the way.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 8:44 PM

a well deserved win for the boys.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:16 PM

Very happy for Elbow. A wonderful band that really works hard. Hope this will convince them to keep on touring this album and come back to the states.

Posted by Dick Wad | September 9, 2008 11:37 PM

Elbow deserved it thought the Radiohead Album is slightly better than Seldom...Seldom is still a wonderful album and they are real nice down to earth band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 7:26 AM

Who cares that? I just want to know who is the lady named juice , Michael Jordan was associating with her today on a 40+ social site [ _____Seeking 40plus COM_____ ]. Are they dating now? Some wealthy 40+ members on that site said they would marry next month? Is that ture? Nobody knows.

Posted by Shmily | September 10, 2008 8:52 AM

whos elbow?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:03 AM

Very underated band from Manchester! Get Seldom Seen Kid!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:14 AM

only 15 years in the making. about time for these guys!!!!

Posted by Mal | September 10, 2008 10:28 AM

"Seldom" is a great album. Though I personally prefer both the Burial and Radiohead albums, I'm sure Elbow are equally deserving.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:33 AM

Great for Elbow - the record is really good, while I listen to In Rainbows more, I have NO problem with Elbow winning this. Burial is fine too, but c'mon, a little too hyped maybe? Just maybe?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:38 AM


If you are joking then don't.

If you are not joking, take off your skinny jeans and then pull your head of tussled hair out your ass. It might help to give Dan Deacon, Girl Talk Vampire Weekend, Foals, Crystal Castles, Health, a bit of a break from you typical heavy rotation every now and again.

Don't be a hipster d bag

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:41 AM

I like Elbow - pretty good record, I prefer Neon Neon and Radiohead, but Elbow is a good choice.

FUCK Burial - waaaaay over-rated.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:42 AM

good on them! well deserved.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:48 AM

I've been trying to get into Elbow, the past few months, but I simply can't. It just sounds like generic ballad rock to me. I'm not going to hate on the band, since music preference is subjective after all, but I really can't find a reason to like them.

On the other hand, I found Burial, Adele, Last Shadow Puppets and Radiohead be quite good this past year.

How come the US doesn't have an award like this? Or is it the Grammy's?

Posted by pants | September 10, 2008 10:53 AM

saw elbow open for the doves a few years back at hammerstein... nice surprise... i'm glad they've gotten some recognition...

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 12:48 PM

The Rapture (strangely enough) also opened that show. That was a good one for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 1:02 PM

Finally they got what they deserved. THis album is absolutely amazing and hopefully after this award they will be back to play in the States

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:55 PM

Radiohead were robbed by some mediocre shite band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2008 9:43 PM

The Amazon MP3 Store is offering The Seldom Seen Kid for $1.99 today.

Posted by In your face, Jobs | September 14, 2008 12:24 PM

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