Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Pink Floyd gets the Polar Music Prize

During the years there have been a lot of discussions about who the”fifth” Beatle is. Latest in the June issue of Uncut they list 10 possible takers of the name! It’s easier in ABBA case with their manager Stig “Stickan” Anderson who wrote or co-wrote the lyrics to most of their early hits and published them. If there ever was a “fifth” ABBA it was “Stickan”.

In 1989 he founded the Polar Music Prize (named after his label Polar Music) “an international music prize and awarded to individuals, groups or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music”.

It has just been announced that Pink Floyd together with opera singer Renée Fleming gets the prize 2008. As Renée been involved in the music to the “Lord Of Rings Movies” I guess I have heard her, but having done a duet with Michael Bolton sounds alarming.

That Pink Floyd the prize this year I prefer to think is a late tribute to Syd Barrett. The choices of the rock winners is always predictable and “safe” as earlier winners shows; Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin etc. Yes, all are worthy winners (though their peak goes back to the 60s and 70s) but it would have been more interesting if the prize would have gone to someone lesser known - and before all who needs the money (SEK 1 million) more.

Therefore I hope the prize 2009 goes to Andy Partridge! The XTC front man who for 30 years been writing great songs, but never gotten the public recognition he deserves and also never gotten the money he should have had from their record label Virgin.

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