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6 signs the Mercury Music Prize winners might be insufferable

Young Fathers have left a few people scratching their heads.

Mercury Music Prize 2014 - London Source: Dominic Lipinski

SCOTTISH GROUP YOUNG Fathers have won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, handed out for the best UK or Ireland of the year.

“Who?” we hear you cry. “Never heard of them”, you proclaim.

But that’s ok.

Apparently they’ve sold less than 2,500 copies of their album Dead to date (2386 to be exact, although that number is almost certain to rise after last night’s win). Here’s one of their standout tracks Low. It’s very accessible and enjoyable:


However, signs from last night’s Mercury Prize ceremony indicate that there may be a degree of insufferability going on.

Let’s examine the evidence:

These were their faces after they won

Tweet by @Tim Jonze Source: Tim Jonze/Twitter

Their post-win interview was a car crash

Tweet by @Mario Ledwith Source: Mario Ledwith/Twitter

Tweet by @Foxy in the Box Source: Foxy in the Box/Twitter

Tweet by @Tommy H Source: Tommy H/Twitter

The Guardian called them on it

They clearly can’t be bothered with any of this, which is moderately amusing. Although they did enter, and turn up, and perform, and collect the cheque. So maybe they are a little bit more bothered than they make out.


Tweet by @Colin Paterson Source: Colin Paterson/Twitter

But then when they were interviewed by Radio 4…

Tweet by @DinoGreycat Source: DinoGreycat/Twitter

They don’t appear to smile

Tweet by @John Atkinson Source: John Atkinson/Twitter

Mercury Music Prize 2014 - London Source: Dominic Lipinski

Tweet by @Entertainment News Source: Entertainment News/Twitter

Mercury Music Prize 2014 - London Source: Dominic Lipinski

Although, as some people pointed out, why should they?

Tweet by @Haven Laine Source: Haven Laine/Twitter

Tweet by @Drowned in Sound Source: Drowned in Sound/Twitter

Well done Young Fathers! Er… enjoy!

Here’s another track from Dead, because it’s really about the music, after all:


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Emer McLysaght

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