Wednesday, 20 January 2010


It's the girls who dominate next month's Brits awards. Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott have been nominated for three awards.
The quartet of high-flying females are worthy contenders for their musical originality and undoubted talent. Download any of albums from these four ladies and you'll hear good, honest pop music. My money's on Florence for picking up best British female solo and breakthrough act. They may even get the best album for 'Lungs'. Lily Allen will hopefully get the best single award for 'Fear'. Lady Gaga will no doubt pick up a few awards in the international categories.

The male artist category seems less inspiring with Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Mika, Paolo Nuttini and Robbie Williams. Muse, Doves, Kasabian, JLS and Friendly Fires fight it out in the best groups category. Kasabian for me, are head and shoulders above any British groups at the moment. Hot on their heels are Muse the Noisettes and Delphic (a group to watch for 2010). Robbie Williams is said to be receiving the Brit Lifetime Achievement Award.

Perhaps the glaring omission for this year's Brit awards is Susan Boyle. The Britain's Got Talent runner-up has seen a meteoric rise to fame this year and achieved the biggest-selling album of 2009 but was not nominated. Strange really given that I doubt there's many people who hasn't heard of Ms Boyle or could name the track that made her famous or indeed her follow up record. Could the same be said for Dizzee Rascal or Friendly Fires? Popularity contest it isn't, but having the best selling album does deserve a nod from the sniffy music execs. Another surprising omission was Paloma Faith who gave us the superb single 'Stone Cold Sober' from her very creditable debut album.

And this year's Brit nomination award for Tosspot Talentless Twonks with 'Something Like Mary' haircuts goes to.... Jedward
Ok, I made that up..


  1. Hey Hel

    To use one of PP's favourite lines, is it just me or can Florence not sing? That cover of 'You Got The Love' sounds like a Japanese teenager (mid way through puberty) singing in a Tokyo karaoke bar after 26 shots of saki.

    The Live Lounge version she did for Radio 1 is one if the worst live covers I have ever heard.

    I know she offers a 'new sound' and maybe it's because I'm getting older but I never realised the youth of today appreciate the new sounds of a deaf alley cat giving birth to a litter of giant mutant kittens.

    I honestly have to turn the radio off as soon as it comes on.

    I'll get my slippers...


  2. Hi Russ,
    Thanks for looking in to fishfingerbutty.
    Perhaps FaTM are one of those Marmite groups - you either love 'em or hate 'em. Their cover of 'You Got the Love' was for me, one of the best records of this year. As for singing ability, I like the rawness of her voice.. Adele, Duffy, Amy Winehouse, KT Tunstall and others the edginess and non-perfection in their singing voices rather than say, the over-produced and multiple lyric stretching of the Whitney, Mariah,Leona, Alexandra genre. It's also good to see a little originality away from the talent show pop churning acts.
    Keep the comments coming...

  3. I was blatantly born in the wrong era - I wouldn't even illegally download an album made by any of the above, never mind buy it!

    There is actually very little modern music I do like.

    I sound like a right miserable b*stard don't I?!


    PS Congrats on the job...