WENN/Chris JepsonThose eleven artists who will walk away from London's The Roundhouse empty-handed on Wednesday night shouldn't feel too disheartened as while the Mercury Prize remains arguably the most prestigious award in British music, it's by no means a guarantee for a long-lasting career. Indeed, although the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal and two-time winner PJ Harvey have only gone from strength to strength since picking up the £20,000 cheque, the history of the ceremony is littered with artists who disappeared off everyone's radar virtually the moment their name was read out. Here's a look at five forgotten recipients.Roni SizeInstrumental in drum 'n' bass' mainstream breakthrough, Roni Size's win over Radiohead's OK Computer and The Prodigy's The Fat Of The Land with his 1997 debut, New Forms, may have come as a shock but certainly wasn't undeserved. However, the dreadlocked producer then appeared to scurry back into the underground almost as quickly as he'd escaped from it. Talvin SinghArguably the most leftfield winner, Talvin Singh's re-interpretation of Indian classical music on 1999's OK beat the likes of Blur's 13 and The Chemical Brothers' Surrender to the prize. A William Orbit-esque career path appeared to await when Madonna recruited the tabla player for 2000's Music but his contribution only appeared as a Japanese bonus track and his subsequent releases sank without trace.Ms DynamiteHailed as the voice of her generation, Ms Dynamite's blend of hip-hop, R&B and socially-conscious lyrics enamoured the judges enough to award her inventive debut, A Little Deeper, the prize back in 2002. However, preachy 2005 follow-up Judgement Days forgot to include any semblance of a tune, while her peace-loving reputation took a bit of a battering a year later when she pleaded guilty to punching a male police officer.KlaxonsThe leading figures of the mid-'00s nu-rave scene, The Klaxons triumphed over Amy Winehouse's Back To Black in 2007 with their trippy debut, Myths Of The Near Future. But originally rejected by their label for being too experimental, second album Surfing The Void was released to near total apathy in 2010.Speech DebellePerhaps the reason for the panel's play-it-safe approach in recent years, Speech Debelle was a virtual unknown before she was unexpectedly handed the prize ahead of Florence + The Machine and La Roux with 2009's Speech Therapy. Responsible for the lowest-selling Mercury Prize winning album ever (just 15,000 copies), she still remains a virtual unknown.
Holy crap, you guys. I don't know how it happened or why this is real life but, somehow, John Stamos has turned 50 years old. When you actually stop and do the math, this makes sense: Full House went off the air in 1995, 18 years ago (!!), at which time Stamos would have been a perfectly crushable 32 years old. Man, there's nothing like a childhood crush aging to make you feel like an old lady.
To celebrate his journey over the hill, Stamos rounded up some of San Francisco's finest. No, not Rice-a-Roni, the cast of Full House (duh!). Former co-stars Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron Bure, and — wait for it — the elusive Ashley Olsen made appearances at Uncle Jesse's bash. And we've got the pics to prove it.
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Things are going very badly over at ABC, where they haven't been able to launch any of their mid-season shows into the stratosphere (who on this earth ever thought that their only hit this season would be alien schlockfest The Neighbors). On Sunday night, the show debuted to only 6.9 million viewers and a sad 1.4 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic that advertisers crave like San Franciscans crave Rice-A-Roni. It didn't get much help in its two-hour debut from lead in Once Upon a Time, which hit a series low of 7.2 million.
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That is 40% lower than the premiere of the ill-fated GCB ("Good Christian Biatches" for those who don't remember their abbreviations) and on par with the debut of Zero Hour a few weeks ago. At the time Zero Hour (named after the number of viewers the show had and the length of the progam) was the lowest in-season series debut in the network's history. At least this misery now has company. But not for much longer; Zero Hour was canceled after three episodes. I have a feeling our Red Widow is going to be weeping before the month is out as well.
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It’s the story of America's youth. It's the story of outcasts who band
together with the beat serving as their common bond in a "communal
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Who the hell are all these people with names such as Frankie Bones DJ
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some of their stories are pretty fascinating. With their do-it-yourself
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actually come off as real human beings (like the guy who got into
deejaying by spinning his dead father's record collection).
If you've ever been to a rave you know that there are a few
fundamentals: A darkened empty building (usually a warehouse); loud
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