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04/09/01
Gorillaz Have a Hairy Escape
- Albarn's cartoon band freed from Mercury Prize shortlist

DAMON ALBARN's cartoon band Gorillaz have finally been taken off the shortlist for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, following an outcry from the group's members.

Nominations for the prize were first announced in July, when Gorillaz were touted as favourites for the prize, which recognises the best album release of the year. But the band immediately insisted they did not want to be part of the event.

The band's fictional bass player Murdoc, said at the time: "Mercury Award? Sounds a bit heavy man, sorta like carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity. No thanks man, why don't you nominate some other poor muppet."

Parlophone, the band's record label, refused to pull the multi-platinum selling album from the nominations. But now Mercury Music Prize organisers have officially accepted the band's resignation from the shortlist. Music Industry experts will now pick the album they judge is best British or Irish release from 11 contenders including Radiohead and Super Furry Animals later this month.

Last year's winner was Badly Drawn Boy with his debut album The Hour of the Bewilderbeast.




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