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Top of the chops: Why Bell X1 could be a good shout for the Choice Music Prize

by Paul Mallon | January 8, 2014

You know when you hear a song and have to stop to ask yourself: ‘That’s bloody gorgeous — what’s going on there?’

Like the first time you heard Say It Ain’t So, by Weezer. Maybe I’m showing my age.

Anyway, same thing happened on first listen to the below tune, The John Wayne, by Little Green Cars.

Apart from being oddly-named and holding a chord or two for very long periods, it’s a gem of a tune.

What the blattering flip is this being mentioned on the Paddy Power Blog for then?

Well, Little Green Cars have been nominated for this year’s Choice Music Prize — Ireland’s answer to the Mercury Music Prize — which salutes the best Irish album of the previous year.

Paddy Power has odds on who might win this year — the rather noisy My Bloody Valentine (3/1) are favourites, ahead of the rather dull Villagers (9/2).

Little Green Cars clock in at 8/1, which sounds like decent value to these ears (I was a judge back in 2008 when Jape won for Ritual). The Choice Music Prize is judged by a panel of media types who whittle down the shortlist from all the Irish albums released in a year. Then, the judges are locked in a room to thrash out the best of the top 10, eliminating albums one by one. It’s fair, transparent and feisty.

If we did each-way betting, there’d definitely be a shiny 50c on Little Green Cars.

Now while this blog would never suggest getting out the communion money ahead of a World Cup, that 6/1 on Bell XI could be the bet, for those interested.

  • Paul Noonan’s band has been nominated for the Choice Music Prize in 2006 (Flock), 2010 (Blue Lights on the Runway) and 2012 (Bloodless Coup), without winning. Bell XI are pretty much the Leonardo DiCaprio of the Choice Music Prize generation — he’s been Oscar nominated for roles in The Aviator, Blood Diamond, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

And, much like Leo’s hotly-tipped performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, that could all change this year with the critical acclaim for Bell XI’s Choice nominated Chop Chop.

  • Don’t get caught shoegazing with Paddy Power’s Choice Music Prize odds [mobile | desktop]


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