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9 August, 2005

It's about time

The record company's marketing seems to be working¹ at long last: Porcupine Tree's 'Deadwing' has been shortlisted for 'best album of 2005' in the Classic Rock reader awards, alongside Robert Plant, Audioslave, Foo Fighters, and Alter Bridge.

I certainly wouldn't advocate vote stuffing, and I won't be voting myself (I refuse to provide my contact details², just to be exploited by marketers), but if anyone's interested, votes are being accepted until 21 September, by SMS and via the magazine's website.

¹: yes, 'Deadwing' was shortlisted due to public votes, but I'm certain record company pressure 'earned' it a place on the longlist.
²: yes, I could submit false details, but that's not the point – they shouldn't be demanded anyway.


Bah! Mostly Autumn's 'Storms over Still Water' isn't nominated. (unless the August 8 release date means it doesn't qualify).

When was IQ's 'Dark Matter' released? I think it was towards the tail end of last year. Can't remember whether it was before or after August.

More significantly, why aren't The Mars Volta nominated for anything?

Posted by Tim Hall at August 9, 2005 07:13 PM

I think the cut-off date for shortlist voting was 1 August, so I suppose the longlist was compiled in late June/early July.

But c'mon, Tim - Mostly Autumn vs. Foo Fighters, in a mass-market popularity contest? Whatever the merits of their music, MA don't have the same level of exposure as the selected bands (and I'm not referring to scarlet catsuits).

I'd say the omission of IQ is even easier to explain. ;)

TMV... well, 'Francis The Mute' wasn't that highly rated by many, was it? Actually, it may have been on the longlist, and just didn't make the cut.

Posted by NRT at August 9, 2005 07:35 PM

Dave Grohl in a skintight scarlet tracksuit? I don't want that image......

Posted by Tim Hall at August 10, 2005 01:08 PM
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