Ivor Novello Awards Winners 1956-2018 (Part One)

Let’s take a final look at the history of the Ivor Novello Awards, by trying to summarise the winners by award category. As they should, these have evolved somewhat over the years, and many have changed their name, so I’ve tried to reconcile them into a single category if they’re roughly the same. I’ve generally tried to use the most recent name in each instance.

Best Song or Album

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

  • 1956 – Ev’rywhere – Tolchard Evans and Jack Fishman
  • 1957 – My September Love – Tolchard Evans and Richard Mullen *
  • 1958 – We Will Make Love – Russ Hamilton *
  • 1959 – Trudie – Joe Henderson *
  • 1960 – Side Saddle – Russ Conway *
  • 1961 – As Long As He Needs Me – Lionel Bart *
  • 1962 – My Kind of Girl – Leslie Bricusse
  • 1963 – Stranger on the Shore – Acker Bilk
  • 1964 – She Loves You – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1965 – Can’t Buy Me Love – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1966 – I’ll Never Find Another You – Tom Springfield
  • 1967 – Michelle – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1968 – Puppet on a String – Phil Coulter and Bill Martin
  • 1969 – Congratulations – Phil Coulter and Bill Martin
  • 1970 – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1971 – Yellow River – Jeff Christie
  • 1972 – My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  • 1973 – Beg Steal or Borrow – Tony Cole, Graeme Hall and Steve Wolfe
  • 1974 – Get Down – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • 1975 – Wombling Song – Mike Batt
  • 1976 – I’m Not In Love – Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart
  • 1977 – Save Your Kisses For Me – Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden *
  • 1978 – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1979 – Night Fever – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1980 – Bright Eyes – Mike Batt
  • 1981 – Together We Are Beautiful – Ken Leray
  • 1982 – You Drive Me Crazy – Ronnie Harwood
  • 1983 – Golden Brown – Jean J. Burnell, Hugh Cornwell, Jet Black and David Greenfield
  • 1984 – Every Breath You Take – Sting
  • 1985 – Careless Whisper – George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley
  • 1986 – Easy Lover – Phillip Bailey, Phil Collins and Nathan East
  • 1987 – Chain Reaction – Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1988 – Never Gonna Give You Up – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1989 – I Should Be So Lucky – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1990 – This Time I Know It’s For Real – Mike Stock, Matt Aiken, Pete Waterman and Donna Summer
  • 1991 – Blue Savannah – Andy Bell and Vince Clarke
  • 1992 – I’m Too Sexy – Fred Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli and Richard Fairbrass
  • 1993 – Deeply Dippy – Fred Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli and Richard Fairbrass
  • 1994 – Ordinary World – Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo
  • 1995 – Love is All Around – Reg Presley
  • 1996 – Back For Good – Gary Barlow
  • 1997 – Fast Love – George Michael
  • 1998 – I’ll Be Missing You (Every Breath You Take) – Sting
  • 1999 – Angels – Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers
  • 2000 – Beautiful Stranger – William Orbit and Madonna
  • 2001 – Pure Shores – Shaznay Lewis and William Orbit
  • 2002 – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis
  • 2003 – Just A Little – Michelle Escoffery, John Hammond Hagan, George Hammond Hagan
  • 2004 – Superstar – Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmaati and Mikkel Sigvardt
  • 2005 – Toxic – Cathy Dennis, Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback and Avant
  • 2006 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek
  • 2007 – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Elton John, Scott Hoffman and Jason Sellards
  • 2008 – Shine – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Stephen Robson
  • 2009 – Mercy – Steve Booker and Duffy
  • 2010 – The Fear – Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
  • 2011 – She Said – Eric Appapoulay, Richard Cassell, Ben Drew and Tom Wright-Goss
  • 2012 – Rolling In The Deep – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • 2013 – Next to Me – Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé
  • 2014 – Let Her Go – Mike Rosenberg
  • 2015 – Rather Be – James Napier and Jack Patterson
  • 2016 – Hold Back The River – Iain Archer and James Bay
  • 2017 – Hymn for the Weekend – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
  • 2018 – Shape of You – Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran

Those with an asterisk (*) were awarded jointly as Most Performed Work and Best Selling British Song, as a single award.

Best Selling British Song

  • 1957 – My September Love – Tolchard Evans and Richard Mullen *
  • 1958 – We Will Make Love – Russ Hamilton *
  • 1959 – Trudie – Joe Henderson *
  • 1960 – Side Saddle – Russ Conway *
  • 1961 – As Long As He Needs Me – Lionel Bart *
  • 1962 – Walkin’ Back To Happiness – Michael Hawker and John Schroeder
  • 1963 – Telstar – Joe Meek
  • 1964 – She Loves You – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1965 – Can’t Buy Me Love – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1966 – We Can Work It Out – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1967 – Yellow Submarine – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1968 – The Last Waltz – Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • 1969 – Hey Jude – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1970 – Get Back – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1971 – In the Summertime – Ray Dorset
  • 1972 – My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  • 1973 – Mouldy Old Dough – Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward
  • 1974 – I Love You Love Me Love – Mike Leander
  • 1975 – Tiger Feet – Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn
  • 1976 – Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury
  • 1977 – Save Your Kisses For Me – Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden *
  • 1978 – Mull of Kintyre – Paul McCartney and Denny Laine
  • 1979 – Night Fever – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1980 – Bright Eyes – Mike Batt
  • 1981 – There’s No One Quite Like Grandma – Gordon Lorenz
  • 1982 – Stand and Deliver – Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni
  • 1983 – Come On Eileen – Kevin Rowland, Kevin Adams and James Paterson
  • 1984 – Karma Chameleon – Boy George, John Moss, Michael Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett
  • 1985 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
  • 1986 – I Know Him So Well – Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
  • 1987 – Every Loser Wins – Simon May, Stewart James and Bradley James
  • 1988 – Never Gonna Give You Up – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1989 – Mistletoe & Wine – Leslie Stewart, Jeremy Paul and Keith Strachan
  • 1990 – Too Many Broken Hearts – Mike Stock, Matt Aiken and Pete Waterman
  • 1991 – Sacrifice/Healing Hands – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1992 – Bohemian Rhapsody / These are the Days of Our Lives – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon
  • 1993 – Would I Lie To You – Mick Leeson and Peter Vale
  • 1994 – Mr Blobby – David Rogers and Paul Shaw
  • 1995 – Love is All Around – Reg Presley
  • 1996 – Back For Good – Gary Barlow
  • 1997 – Wannabe – Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard
  • 1998 – Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1999 – Believe – Brian Higgins, Steve Torch, Paul Barry, Stuart McLennan, Tim Powell and Matt Gray
  • 2000 – The Millennium Prayer – Paul Field and Stephen Deal
  • 2001 – Can We Fix It – Paul Joyce
  • 2002 – Pure and Simple – Pete Kirtley, Tim Hawes and Alison Clarkson
  • 2003 – Anything Is Possible – Cathy Dennis and Chris Braide
  • 2004 – Mad World – Roland Orzabal
  • 2005 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
  • 2006 – That’s My Goal – Jorgan Elofsson, Jeremy Godfrey and Bill Padley
  • 2007 – A Moment Like This – Jorgen Elofsson and John Reid
  • 2008 – Beautiful Liar – Ian Dench, Mikkel Eriksen, Amanda Ghost, Tor Erik Hermansen and Beyonce Knowles
  • 2009 – Viva La Vida – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin

Those with an asterisk (*) were awarded jointly as Most Performed Work and Best Selling British Song, as a single award.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

  • 1956 – In Love for the Very First Time – Paddy Roberts and Jack Woodman
  • 1957 – By the Fountains of Rome – Norman Newell and Mátyás Seiber
  • 1958 – A Handful of Songs – Lionel Bart, Michael Pratt and Tommy Steele
  • 1959 – The Wind Cannot Read – Peter Hart
  • 1960 – The Village of St. Bernadette – Eula Parker
  • 1961 – Portrait of My Love – Norman Newell and Cyril Ornadel
  • 1962 – What Kind of Fool Am I? – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
  • 1963 – My Love and Devotion – Howard Barnes, Harold Fields and Joe Roncoroni
  • 1964 – If I Ruled The World – Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel
  • 1965 – Downtown – Tony Hatch
  • 1966 – Yesterday – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1968 – She’s Leaving Home – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1970 – Where Do You Go To My Lovely – Peter Sarstedt
  • 1971 – Something – George Harrison
  • 1972 – Don’t Let It Die – Hurricane Smith
  • 1973 – Without You – Tom Evans and Peter Ham
  • 1974 – Daniel – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1975 – Streets of London – Ralph McTell
  • 1978 – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1979 – Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  • 1980 – The Logical Song – Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
  • 1981 – Woman in Love – Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1982 – Memory – Andrew Lloyd Webber, T.S. Eliot and Trevor Nunn
  • 1983 – Have You Ever Been in Love – Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield and John Danter
  • 1984 – Every Breath You Take – Sting
  • 1985 – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) – Phil Collins
  • 1986 – Nikita – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1987 – Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel
  • 1988 – Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre
  • 1989 – They Dance Alone – Sting
  • 1990 – The Living Years – BA Robertson and Mike Rutherford
  • 1991 – Sacrifice – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1992 – The Whole of the Moon – Mike Scott
  • 1993 – Why – Annie Lennox
  • 1994 – If I Ever Lose My Faith in You – Sting
  • 1995 – Think Twice – Andy Hill andPeter Sinfield
  • 1996 – Common People – Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Russell Senior
  • 1997 – Too Much Love Will Kill You – Brian May, Frank Musker and Elizabeth Lamers
  • 1998 – Paranoid Android – Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Colin Greenwood and Ed O’Brien
  • 1999 – Believe – Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray and Tim Powell
  • 2000 – Strong – Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers
  • 2001 – Babylon – David Gray
  • 2002 – Walk On – Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen Jnr
  • 2003 – The Other Side – David Gray
  • 2004 – Leave Right Now – Francis Eg White
  • 2005 – Dry Your Eyes – Mike Skinner
  • 2006 – Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
  • 2007 – Elusive – Scott Matthews
  • 2008 – Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
  • 2009 – One Day Like This – Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Peter Turner
  • 2010 – The Fear – Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
  • 2011 – Becoming a Jackal – Conor O’Brien
  • 2012 – The A Team – Ed Sheeran
  • 2013 – Next to Me – Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé
  • 2014 – Strong – Dominic Major, Hannah Reid and Daniel Rothman
  • 2015 – Take Me To Church – Andrew Hozier-Byrne
  • 2016 – Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamie Lawson
  • 2017 – Black Man in a White World – Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Michael Kiwanuka
  • 2018 – Magnificent (She Says) – Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner

International Hit of the Year

  • 1967 – Winchester Cathedral – Geoff Stephens
  • 1968 – A Whiter Shade of Pale – Gary Brooker and Keith Reid
  • 1969 – Delilah – Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • 1970 – Love Is All – Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • 1971 – In the Summertime – Ray Dorset
  • 1972 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  • 1973 – Without You – Tom Evans and Pete Ham
  • 1974 – Power To All Our Friends – Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett
  • 1975 – The Night Chicago Died – Peter Callander and Mitch Murray
  • 1976 – I’m Not In Love – Graham Gouldman – Eric Stewart
  • 1977 – Save Your Kisses For Me – Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden
  • 1978 – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1979 – Stayin’ Alive – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1980 – We Don’t Talk Anymore – Alan Tarney
  • 1981 – Another Brick in the Wall – Roger Waters
  • 1982 – In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
  • 1983 – Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney
  • 1984 – Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  • 1985 – The Reflex – Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and Nick Rhodes
  • 1986 – 19 – Paul Hardcastle, Mike Oldfield, Bill Couturie and Jonas McCord
  • 1987 – West End Girls – Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
  • 1988 – Never Gonna Give You Up – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1989 – Faith – George Michael
  • 1990 – She Drives Me Crazy – David Steele and Roland Gift
  • 1991 – All Around the World – Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andrew Morris
  • 1992 – Crazy – Seal
  • 1993 – Would I Lie To You – Mick Leeson and Peter Vale
  • 1994 – Living on My Own – Freddie Mercury
  • 1995 – Love is All Around – Reg Presley
  • 1996 – Kiss From A Rose – Seal
  • 1997 – Wannabe – Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard
  • 1998 – Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1999 – Believe – Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray and Tim Powell
  • 2000 – Genie In A Bottle – Pam Sheyne, David Frank and Steve Kipner
  • 2001 – It Feels So Good – Sonique, Linus Burdick, Simon Belofsky and Graeme Pleeth
  • 2002 – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis
  • 2003 – Complicated – Lauren Christy, David Alspach, Graham Edwards and Avril Lavigne
  • 2004 – White Flag – Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong and Richard Nowels
  • 2005 – Vertigo – Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr
  • 2006 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek
  • 2007 – Sorry – Madonna and Stuart Price

Best Lyric

  • 1978 – Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs – Michael Coleman and Brian Burke
  • 1979 – The Man with the Child in His Eyes – Kate Bush
  • 1980 – I Don’t Like Mondays – Bob Geldof
  • 1981 – Take That Look Off Your Face – Don Black
  • 1982 – Woman – John Lennon
  • 1983 – Private Investigations – Mark Knopfler

Best Contemporary Song

  • 1985 – Two Tribes – Holly Johnson, Peter Gill and Mark O’Toole
  • 1986 – We Don’t Need Another Hero – Graham Lyle and Terry Britten
  • 1987 – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) – Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
  • 1988 – You Win Again – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1989 – Love Changes (Everything) – Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan and Rob Fisher
  • 1990 – All Around the World – Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andrew Morris
  • 1991 – Killer – Adam ‘Adamski’ Tinley and Seal
  • 1992 – Crazy – Seal
  • 1993 – Would I Lie To You – Peter Vale and Mick Leeson
  • 1994 – Pray – Gary Barlow
  • 1995 – You Gotta Be – Des’ree Weekes and Ashley Ingram
  • 1996 – Alright – Danny Goffrey, Gaz Coombes and Michael Quinn
  • 1997 – A Design for Life – James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore and Nicky Wire
  • 1998 – Karma Police – Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Colin Greenwood and Ed O’Brien
  • 1999 – Here’s Where The Story Ends – Harriet Wheeler and David Gavurin
  • 2000 – Why Does It Always Rain On Me – Fran Healy
  • 2001 – Seven Days – Craig David, Mark Hill and Darren Hill
  • 2002 – Shining Light – Tim Wheeler
  • 2003 – Weak Become Heroes – Mike Skinner
  • 2004 – Stronger Than Me – Amy Winehouse and Salaam Remi
  • 2005 – Take Me Out – Robert Hardy, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson
  • 2006 – Wires – Joel Pott, Steven Roberts, Timothy Wanstall and Carey Willetts
  • 2007 – Rehab – Amy Winehouse
  • 2008 – People Help The People – Simon Aldred
  • 2009 – Grounds For Divorce – Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Peter Turner
  • 2010 – Daniel – Natasha Khan
  • 2011 – Pass Out – Timothy McKenzie, Patrick Okogwu and Marc Williams
  • 2012 – Video Games – Lana Del Rey and Justin Parker
  • 2013 – Pelican – Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White
  • 2014 – Retrograde – James Blake
  • 2015 – Rather Be – James Napier and Jack Patterson
  • 2016 – All My Friends – James Carter, Oliver Lee, Cass Lowe and Chance The Rapper
  • 2017 – Man – Skepta and Josh Homme
  • 2018 – Question Time – Dave and Fraser T Smith

Album Award

  • 2005 – Final Straw – Iain Archer, Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland and Jonny Quinn
  • 2006 – Employment – Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson, Simon Rix, Andrew White and Ricky Wilson
  • 2007 – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not – Alex Turner
  • 2008 – In Rainbows – Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Edward O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke
  • 2009 – We Started Nothing – Julian De Martino and Katie White
  • 2010 – Sunny Side Up – Paolo Nutini
  • 2011 – The Defamation of Strickland Banks – Ben Drew
  • 2012 – Let England Shake – PJ Harvey
  • 2013 – An Awesome Wave – Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton
  • 2014 – Push the Sky Away – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
  • 2015 – So Long, See You Tomorrow – Jack Steadman
  • 2016 – Darling Arithmetic – Conor O’Brien
  • 2017 – The Dreaming Room – Laura Mvula
  • 2018 – Gang Signs & Prayer – Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari

One-Off and Special Awards

One-Off Awards

  • 1966 – The Year’s Outstanding Contemporary Folk Song – Catch the Wind – Donovan
  • 1970 – The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Arranger / Composer – Ernest Tomlinson
  • 1972 – Entertainment Music – Ron Goodwin
  • 1976 – Best British Work for Children – Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo – Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz
  • 1976 – Music Publisher of the Year – Geoffrey Heath
  • 1984 – The Best Rock Song – Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  • 1992 – Award in Recognition of the Exceptional Success of a Single Song – Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange
  • 1995 – The Radio 1 Award for Continuing Innovation in Music – Brian Eno
  • 2000 – International Achievement in Musical Theatre – Robert Elhai, Elton John, Lebo M, Tsidii Le Loka, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Tim Rice, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer

Special Awards

  • 1956 – A Personal Special Award – Haydn Wood
  • 1961 – Any work which in the opinion of the Judges, is worthy of an Award, but which may not necessarily be governed by Existing Categories – Goodness Gracious Me – Herbert Kretzmer and David Lee
  • 1961 – Special Award – What Do You Want If You Don’t Want Money? – Johnny Worth
  • 1964 – Special Award in Recognition of Fifty Years’ Service to the Music Industry – The Performing Rights Society
  • 1970 – Special Award for Originality – Space Oddity – David Bowie
  • 1970 – Special Award for The Most Contemporary Song – Melting Pot – Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway
  • 1977 – Special Award for the James Bond Theme – Monty Norman
  • 1978 – Special Award – Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1979 – Special Award for Services to British Songwriters – Victor Knight
  • 1983 – Special Award for 25 Years In The Music Business – Brian Bennett, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch
  • 2005 – The Ivors Special Award for Songwriting – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
  • 2015 – The Ivors Special Anniversary Award – Bob Geldof and Midge Ure

In the second and final part next week, we’ll look at the Artist, Genre or Style-Specific Awards, and awards for Musicals, Films, Television, Radio, and Video Games.

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Beth Orton – Superpinkymandy

Beth Orton may prefer these days to pretend that it never happened, but three years before 1996’s Trailer Park, she actually recorded and released an entire album, Superpinkymandy. Released only in Japan as a limited edition, history hasn’t been especially kind to this debut, which is a very great shame, as it’s an exceptional album.

Orton had met William Orbit at a party in the late 1980s, and had become his girlfriend for a while, and this album appears to have been the result of their early 1990s collaborations, along with several contributions to his Strange Cargo series.

It opens with the adorable Don’t Wanna Know Bout Evil, a cover of a song by John Martyn. Orton’s soft vocal style is already well formed on this opener, and while she may not agree now, Orbit’s gentle electronic production works wonderfully. It’s a great song.

Other tracks are less fully formed – Faith Will Carry is good, but it lacks some of the gravitas of other tracks – Water from a Vine Leaf, for example, had appeared the same year, and features some similar production, but feels a lot more polished.

There is a strong Strange Cargo feel here, although that’s hardly surprising. If Yesterday’s Gone feels as though it should be on one of Orbit’s releases, that’s because it’s essentially an early version of Montok Point, from Strange Cargo Hinterland. Only perhaps not quite as good.

Is that She Cries Your Name next? It is! In a very similar version to the one on Strange Cargo Hinterland, too. Both Orbit and Orton recognised just how good this track is, as it appeared on both of their next albums, including opening Beth Orton‘s “debut” Trailer Park in a sadly somewhat inferior version.

When You Wake is good too, a jangly guitar piece that doesn’t sound as though it’s been quite as heavily touched by Orbit. Roll the Dice is a bit weaker, but still a nice background track. Then the short interlude City Blue is pleasant too – possibly the most folky and Beth Orton-like of any of the tracks on here.

The Prisoner seems to bear little resemblance to the classic 1960s television show, which is a shame. Instead, it’s a pleasantly catchy song. You do have to wonder, though, whether Orton was really ready to release this album – apart from She Cries Your Name, most of the tracks appear to be demo recordings with typically full-on William Orbit production.

Some are better than others, though – Where Do Yo Go is a good song, a little more memorable than most, and the gospel-fuelled closing track Release Me is entirely competent too. In a way, it’s surprising that it took Orton another three years to complete Trailer Park, as she clearly had a pretty good idea of what she was doing by 1993.

If you ever have a couple of hundred pounds or dollars to spend, Superpinkymandy is therefore, at worst, an interesting early release for Orton, and a fun lost release for Orbit. At best, it has an early and entirely brilliant version of She Cries Your Name, which surely makes it worth buying? Well, maybe not for that price.

This album was never widely available.

Ivor Novello Awards – The 2000s

This is the last post in this series (well, we’ll compile all the winners into one place in a week or two), and what we’ve learned is that the Ivor Novello Awards tend to be either very brave, or very, very misguided. Any year that you choose to pick, yo

Ivor Novello Awards 2000

2000 saw the 45th Ivor Novello Awards ceremony, on 25th May at Grosvenor House.

  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Strong, written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. Also nominated: You’re Still the One, written by Mutt Lange and Shania TwainGenie in a Bottle, performed by Christina Aguilera, written by Pam Sheyne, David Frank and Steve Kipner
  • Best Contemporary Song: Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, performed by Travis, written by Fran Healy. Also nominated: Rise, written by Gabrielle, Bob Dylan, Ferdy Unger-Hamilton and Ollie DagoisBeautiful Stranger, written by William Orbit and Madonna
  • PRS Most Performed Work: Beautiful Stranger. Also nominated: StrongThat Don’t Impress Me Much, written by Mutt Lange and Shania Twain
  • International Hit of the Year: Genie in a Bottle. Also nominated: Ray of Light, written by Madonna, William Orbit, Christine Leach, Clive Muldoon and Dave Curtis; That Don’t Impress Me Much
  • Best Selling UK Single: The Millennium Prayer, performed by Cliff Richard, written by Paul Field and Stephen Deal. Also nominated: Sweet Like Chocolate, performed by Shanks and Bigfoot, written by Stephen Meade and Daniel Langsman; That Don’t Impress Me Much
  • Best Original Music for a Television / Radio Broadcast: Trial By Fire, composed by Richard G Mitchell. Also nominated: Bad Blood, composed by John LunnAn Evil Streak, composed by Stanislav Syrewicz
  • Best Original Film Score: The World Is Not Enough, composed by David Arnold. Also nominated: Anna and the King, composed by George FentonShakespeare in Love, composed by Stephen Warbeck
  • The Ivors Dance Award: Re-Rewind, written by Mark Hill and Craig DavidRendez-Vu, performed by Basement Jaxx, written by Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe. Also nominated: Sweet Like Chocolate
  • International Achievement in Musical Theatre: Robert Elhai, Elton John, Lebo M, Tsidii Le Loka, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Tim Rice, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Pet Shop Boys (Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant)
  • The Jimmy Kennedy Award: Geoff Stephens
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Madness (Mike Barson, Mark Bedford, Chris Foreman, Cathal Smyth, Suggs, Lee Thompson and Daniel Woodgate)
  • Songwriter of the Year: Fran Healy
  • The Special International Award: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Ivor Novello Awards 2001

The 2001 Ivor Novello Awards ceremony was on 24th May 2001 at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Contemporary Song: Seven Days, written by Craig David, Mark Hill and Darren Hill. Also nominated: Beautiful Day, performed by U2, written by Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jnr and Adam ClaytonPlease Forgive Me, written by David Gray
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Babylon, written by David Gray. Also nominated: Trouble, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris MartinNever Had A Dream Come True, performed by S Club 7, written by Cathy Dennis and Simon Ellis
  • Best Original Music for a Television / Radio Broadcast: Gormenghast, composed by Richard Rodney Bennett. Also nominated: Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), composed by David Arnold and Tim SimenonThe Wyvern Mystery, composed by Philip Appleby
  • Best Original Film Score: X-Men, composed by Michael Kamen. Also nominated: Chicken Run, composed by John Powell and Harry Gregson-WilliamsGangster No1, composed by Johnny Dankworth
  • The Ivors Dance Award: Woman Trouble, written by Mark Hill, Craig David, Robbie Craig and Pete Devereux. Also nominated: Girls Like Us, performed by B-15 Project, written by Ali Campbell, Brian Travers, Dawnette Nevers, Janice Fyffe and Haldane Browne; The Time Is Now, performed by Moloko, written by Róisín Murphy and Mark Brydon
  • PRS Most Performed Work: Pure Shores, performed by All Saints, written by Shaznay Lewis and William Orbit. Also nominated: Rise, written by Gabrielle, Ollie Dagois, Ferdy Unger Hamilton and Bob DylanRock DJ, written by Ekundayo Paris, Nelson Pigford, Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers and Kelvin Andrews
  • International Hit of the Year: It Feels So Good, written by Sonique, Linus Burdick, Simon Belofsky and Graeme Pleeth. Also nominated: I Turn To You, written by Melanie Chisholm, Rick Nowels and Billy SteinbergSexbomb, written by Errol Rennalls and Mousse T
  • Best Selling UK Single: Can We Fix It, performed by Bob the Builder, written by Paul Joyce. Also nominated: Pure Shores; It Feels So Good
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: The Clash (Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer)
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Roy Wood
  • International Achievement: Iron Maiden (Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith)
  • Lifetime Achievement: Pete Townshend
  • Songwriters of the Year: Craig David and Mark Hill
  • The Special International Award: Stevie Wonder

Ivor Novello Awards 2002

23rd May 2002 saw Grosvenor House in London host the Ivor Novello Awards.

  • Best Contemporary Song: Shining Light, performed by Ash, written by Tim Wheeler. Also nominated: Clint Eastwood, performed by Gorillaz, written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Teren Delvon JonesThank You, written by Dido Armstrong and Paul Herman
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Walk On, performed by U2, written by Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen Jnr. Also nominated: Side, performed by Travis, written by Fran Healy; Sail Away, written by David Gray
  • PRS Most Performed Work: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, performed by Kylie Minogue, written by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis. Also nominated: Thank You; Out of Reach, written by Gabrielle and Jonathan Shorten
  • Best Selling UK Single: Pure and Simple, performed by Hear’Say, written by Pete Kirtley, Tim Hawes and Alison Clarkson. Also nominated: Can’t Get You Out Of My HeadWhole Again, performed by Atomic Kitten, written by Andy McCluskey, Stuart Kershaw, Bill Padley and Jeremy Godfrey
  • The Ivors Dance Award: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Also nominated: Do You Really Like It?, performed by DJ Pied Piper, written by Eugene Nwohia, Ronald Nwohia, Paul Newman, Ashley Livingston and Steve WickhamWhere’s Your Head At, performed by Basement Jaxx, written by Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe and Gary Numan
  • Best Original Music for a Television / Radio Broadcast: The Blue Planet, composed by George Fenton. Also nominated: Band of Brothers, composed by Michael KamenWild Africa, composed by Christopher Gunning
  • Best Original Film Score: Shrek, composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell. Also nominated: Quills, composed by Stephen WarbeckThirteen Days, composed by Trevor Jones
  • International Hit of the Year: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Also nominated: Whole Again; Hero, written by Paul Barry, Enrique Iglesias and Mark Taylor
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Kate Bush
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Mick Hucknall
  • International Achievement: Sting
  • Songwriter of the Year: Dido Armstrong
  • The Special International Award: Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus

Ivor Novello Awards 2003

The 48th ceremony was on 22nd May 2003 at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: The Other Side, written by David Gray. Also nominated: Strange and Beautiful, performed by Aqualung, written by Matthew Hales and Kim OliverStop Crying Your Heart Out, performed by Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher
  • Best Contemporary Song: Weak Become Heroes, performed by The Streets, written by Mike Skinner. Also nominated: It Takes More, written by Ms Dynamite and PunchIn My Place, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
  • PRS Most Performed Work: Just A Little, performed by Liberty X, written by Michelle Escoffery, John Hammond Hagan, George Hammond Hagan. Also nominated: Love at First Sight, written by Kylie Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ashley Howes and Martin Harrington; In Your Eyes, written by Kylie Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher and Ashley Howes
  • Best Selling UK Single: Anything Is Possible, performed by Will Young, written by Cathy Dennis and Chris Braide. Also nominated: Hero, written by Paul Barry, Enrique Iglesias and Mark TaylorJust a Little
  • International Hit of the Year: Complicated, written by Lauren Christy, David Alspach, Graham Edwards and Avril Lavigne. Also nominated: Electrical Storm, performed by U2, written by Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen JrFeel, written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers
  • The Ivors Dance Award: Lazy, performed by X-Press 2, written by Ashley Beedle, Darren House, Darren Rock and David Byrne. Also nominated: Shake UR Body, performed by Shy FX & T-Power, written by Andre Williams and Dianna Joseph; It Just Won’t Do, performed by Tim Deluxe feat. Sam Obernik, written by Tim Liken and Ben Onono
  • Best Original Film Score: The Quiet American, composed by Craig Armstrong. Also nominated: Die Another Day, composed by David Arnold; Rabbit Proof Fence, composed by Peter Gabriel
  • Best Original Music for Television: Feltham Sings, composed by Dextrous and Simon Armitage. Also nominated: Goodbye Mr Chips, composed by Colin TownsDanger in Tiger Paradise, composed by David Mitcham
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: Boots of Lead, composed by Simon Holt. Also nominated: Dead March, composed by Gerald BarrySophie’s Choice, composed by Nicholas Maw
  • Songwriters of the Year: Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin)
  • International Achievement: UB40 (Astro, James Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers and Michael Virtue)
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Bryan Ferry
  • Outstanding Song Collection: U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jnr and The Edge)
  • The Special International Award: Brian Wilson

Ivor Novello Awards 2004

The 2004 Ivor Novello Awards were hosted at Grosvenor House on 27th May.

  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Leave Right Now, performed by Will Young, written by Francis Eg White. Also nominated: White Flag, written by Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong and Richard Nowels; Step Into My Office Baby, performed by Belle and Sebastian, written by Stuart Murdoch, Stephen Jackson, Christopher Geddes, Richard Colburn, Michael Cooke, Sarah Martin and Robert Kildea
  • Best Contemporary Song: Stronger Than Me, written by Amy Winehouse and Salaam Remi. Also nominated: Jus’ a Rascal, performed by Dizzee Rascal, written by Dylan Mills, Tesmond Rowe and Vegard Vardoen; Slow, written by Dan Carey, Emiliana Torrini and Kylie Minogue
  • Best Original Music for Television: The Young Visitors, composed by Nicholas Hooper. Also nominated: Second Generation, composed by Nitin SawhneyThe Key, composed by Anne Dudley
  • Best Original Film Score: Max, composed by Dan Jones. Also nominated: In America, composed by Gavin Friday and Maurice SeezerBodySong, composed by Jonny Greenwood
  • The Ivors Dance Award: Strict Machine, performed by Goldfrapp, written by Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory and Nick Batt. Also nominated: Shining Through, performed by Layo & Bushwacka, written by Layo Paskin and Matthew BenjaminFamiliar Feeling, performed by Moloko, written by Róisín Murphy, Mark Brydon and Edmond Stevens
  • PRS Most Performed Work: Superstar, performed by Jamelia, written by Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmaati and Mikkel Sigvardt. Also nominated: Clocks, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin; Hole in the Head, performed by Sugababes, written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Timothy Powell, Nicholas Coler, Niara Scarlett, Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Heidi Range
  • International Hit of the Year: White Flag, written by Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong and Richard Nowels. Also nominated: Feel, written by Robbie Williams and Guy ChambersSlow, written by Dan Carey, Emiliana Torrini and Kylie Minogue
  • Best Selling UK Single: Mad World, performed by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules, written by: Roland Orzabal
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: Richard Rodney Bennett
  • Outstanding Song Collection: 10cc (Lol Crème, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart)
  • International Achievement: Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway and Thom Yorke)
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Errol Brown
  • Songwriters of the Year: The Darkness (Ed Graham, Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins and Frankie Poullain)
  • The Special International Award: Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland

Ivor Novello Awards 2005

Reaching its fiftieth anniversary, the Ivor Novello Awards were held on 26th May 2005 at Grosvenor House, London.

  • PRS Most Performed Work: Toxic, performed by Britney Spears, written by Cathy Dennis, Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback and Avant. Also nominated: Amazing, written by George Michael and Jonathan Douglas; Thank You, written by Jamelia Davies, Carsten Schack and Peter Biker
  • Best Contemporary Song: Take Me Out, performed by Franz Ferdinand, written by Robert Hardy, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson. Also nominated: For Lovers, performed by Wolfman, written by Peter Wolfe, Pete Doherty, Julian Taylor, Edmund Scott, Matt White, David Banks and Matt Scott; Blinded by the Lights, performed by The Streets, written by Mike Skinner
  • Best Original Film Score: Enduring Love, composed by Jeremy Sams. Also nominated: Deep Blue, composed by George FentonMan on Fire, composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: John Tavener
  • Best Selling UK Single: Do They Know It’s Christmas?, performed by Band Aid 2000, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Also nominated: All This Time, performed by Michelle McManus, written by Wayne Hector, Steve Mac and Ali Tennant; Call On Me, written by Steve Winwood, Eric Prydz and Will Jennings
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Dry Your Eyes, performed by The Streets, written by Mike Skinner. Also nominated: These Words, written by Stephen Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Natasha Bedingfield and Wayne Wilkins; Everybody’s Changing, performed by Keane, written by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin and Richard Hughes
  • Best Original Music for Television: Blackpool, composed by Rob Lane. Also nominated: Fallen, composed by Paul Leonard-MorganNorth and South, composed by Martin Phipps
  • International Hit of the Year: Vertigo, performed by U2, written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. Also nominated: Behind Blue Eyes, performed by Limp Bizkit, written by Pete Townshend; Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • International Achievement: Robert Smith
  • Songwriters of the Year: Keane (Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes and Tim Rice-Oxley)
  • Album Award: Final Straw, performed by Snow Patrol, written by: Iain Archer, Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland and Jonny Quinn
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Duran Duran (Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Roger Taylor)
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Queen (John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor)
  • The Special International Award: Lou Reed
  • The Ivors Special Award for Songwriting: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Ivor Novello Awards 2006

25th May 2006 saw the hosting of the 51st Ivor Novello Awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Song Musically & Lyrically: Suddenly I See, written by KT Tunstall. Also nominated: Fix You, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion and Chris MartinI Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, performed by Arctic Monkeys, written by Alex Turner
  • PRS Most Performed Work: You’re Beautiful, written by James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek. Also nominated: Shiver, written by Natalie Imbruglia, Sheppard Solomon and Francis Eg White; Speed of Sound, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion and Chris Martin
  • Best Television Soundtrack: Elizabeth I, composed by Rob Lane. Also nominated: A Waste Of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets, composed by Kevin SargentColditz, composed by Richard Harvey
  • Outstanding Song Collection: New Order (Philip Cunningham, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner)
  • Best Selling UK Single: That’s My Goal, performed by Shayne Ward, written by: Jorgan Elofsson, Jeremy Godfrey and Bill Padley
  • Album Award: Employment, performed by Kaiser Chiefs, written by: Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson, Simon Rix, Andrew White and Ricky Wilson
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: Harrison Birtwistle
  • International Hit of the Year: You’re Beautiful, written by James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek. Also nominated: Speed of SoundTripping, written by Stephen Duffy and Robbie Williams
  • Best Original Film Score: Evil, composed by Francis Shaw. Also nominated: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, composed by Harry Gregson–WilliamsPride and Prejudice, composed by Dario Marianelli
  • Best Contemporary Song: Wires, written by Joel Pott, Steven Roberts, Timothy Wanstall and Carey Willetts. Also nominated: DARE, written by Damon Albarn, Brian Burton and Jamie Hewlett; I Predict a Riot, written by Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson, Simon Rix, Andrew White and Ricky Wilson
  • International Achievement: Ian Anderson
  • Songwriters of the Year: Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Ray Davies
  • The Special International Award: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
  • BASCA Fellowship: Bee Gees (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb)

Ivor Novello Awards 2007

2007’s Ivor Novello ceremony took place on 24th May at Grosvenor House, London.

  • International Hit of the Year: Sorry, written by Madonna and Stuart Price. Also nominated: I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, performed by Scissor Sisters, written by Elton John, Scott Hoffman and Jason SellardsRudebox, written by Robbie Williams, Danny Spencer, Kelvin Andrews, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, William “Earl” Collins, Bill Laswell and Edmund “Carl Jr” Aiken
  • Album Award: Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not, performed by Arctic Monkeys, written by: Alex Turner
  • Best Contemporary Song: Rehab, written by Amy Winehouse. Also nominated: Over and Over, performed by Hot Chip, written by Joseph Goddard, Alexis Taylor and Felix MartinYeah Yeah, performed by Bodyrox feat. Luciana, written by Nick Bridges, Jon Pearn, Nathan Thomas, Luciana Caporaso and Nick Clow
  • Best Television Soundtrack: The Virgin Queen, composed by Martin Phipps. Also nominated: Hotel Babylon, composed by John Lunn and Jim Williams; Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart, composed by Alex Heffes
  • Best Selling UK Single: A Moment Like This, performed by Kelly Clarkson, written by Jorgen Elofsson and John Reid
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Yusuf Islam
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: John Rutter
  • PRS Most Performed Work: I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’. Also nominated: Put Your Records On, written by Corinne Bailey Rae, John Beck and Steve ChrisanthouSorry, written by Madonna and Stuart Price
  • Best Original Film Score: Ice Age: The Meltdown, composed by John Powell. Also nominated: Casino Royale, composed by David ArnoldSeverance, composed by Christian Henson
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Norman Cook
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Elusive, written by Scott Matthews. Also nominated: Sophia, written by Nerina PallotWhen the Sun Goes Down, written by Alex Turner
  • Songwriters of the Year: The Feeling (Dan Gillespie Sells, Ciaran Jeremiah, Kevin Jeremiah, Richard Jones and Paul Stewart)
  • Lifetime Achievement: Peter Gabriel
  • The Special International Award: Quincy Jones

Ivor Novello Awards 2008

The 2008 Ivor Novello Awards were on 22nd May at Grosvenor House.

  • Best Selling British Song: Beautiful Liar, performed by Beyoncé and Shakira, written by Ian Dench, Mikkel Eriksen, Amanda Ghost, Tor Erik Hermansen and Beyoncé Knowles. Also nominated: Grace Kelly, written by Jodi Marr, John Merchant, Mika and Dan WarnerRehab, written by Amy Winehouse
  • International Achievement: Phil Collins
  • Best Contemporary Song: People Help the People, performed by Cherry Ghost, written by Simon Aldred. Also nominated: Foundations, written by Paul Epworth and Kate NashGolden Skans, performed by Klaxons, written by Jamie ReynoldsJames Righton and Simon Taylor-Davies
  • Best Television Soundtrack: Oliver Twist, composed by Martin Phipps. Also nominated: Primo, composed by Jonathan GoldsteinWho Killed Mrs de Ropp?, composed by Paul Moessl
  • Album Award: In Rainbows, performed by Radiohead, written by Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Edward O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke. Also nominated: Man on the Roof, written by Stephen FretwellThirst for Romance, performed by Cherry Ghost, written by Simon Aldred
  • The Ivors Inspiration Award: Jazzie B
  • PRS Most Performed Work: Shine, performed by Take That, written by Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Stephen Robson. Also nominated: Ruby, performed by Kaiser Chiefs, written by Nicholas Baines, Nick Hodgson, James Rix, Andrew White and Ricky Wilson; Starz in Their Eyes, performed by Just Jack, written by Jack Allsopp
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: Jonathan Dove
  • Best Song Musically & Lyrically: Love is a Losing Game, written by Amy Winehouse. Also nominated: Let Me Out, written by Rosi Golan and Jamie Hartman; You Know I’m No Good, written by Amy Winehouse
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Gabrielle
  • Best Original Film Score: Atonement, composed by Dario Marianelli. Also nominated: Becoming Jane, composed by Adrian Johnston; La Vie en Rose, composed by Christopher Gunning
  • PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
  • Songwriter of the Year: Mika
  • The Special International Award: Diane Warren
  • Lifetime Achievement: David Gilmour

Ivor Novello Awards 2009

Closing the decade, the 2009 Ivor Novello ceremony was on 21st May at Grosvenor House, London.

  • BASCA Fellowship: David Ferguson
  • Best Contemporary Song: Grounds for Divorce, performed by Elbow, written by Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Peter Turner. Also nominated: Dance Wiv Me, performed by Dizzee Rascal, written by Nicholas Detnon, Calvin Harris, Dylan Mills and Tyrone; That’s Not My Name, performed by The Ting Tings, written by Julian De Martino and Katie White
  • Album Award: We Started Nothing, performed by The Ting Tings, written by Julian De Martino and Katie White. Also nominated: Rockferry, written by Bernard Butler and Duffy; Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
  • Best Television Soundtrack: Wallace and Gromit (A Matter of Loaf and Death), composed by Julian Nott. Also nominated: Fiona’s Story, composed by Ben BartlettTrial and Retribution 2008, composed by Anne Dudley
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Vince Clarke
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: James MacMillan
  • Best Selling British Song: Viva La Vida, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin. Also nominated: Mercy, written by; Steve Booker and Duffy; Paper Planes, performed by M.I.A., written by Maya Arulpragasam, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer
  • PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Massive Attack (Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: One Day Like This, performed by Elbow, written by Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Peter Turner. Also nominated: My Mistakes Were Made For You, performed by Last Shadow Puppets, written by Miles Kane and Alex Turner; The Last of the Melting Snow, performed by The Leisure Society, written by Nicholas Hemming
  • Best Original Film Score: There Will Be Blood, composed by Jonny Greenwood. Also nominated: Quantum of Solace, composed by David Arnold; The Escapist, composed by Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Ivors Inspiration Award: Edwyn Collins
  • PRS for Music Most Performed Work: Mercy, written by Steve Booker and Duffy. Also nominated: Sweet About Me, written by Gabriella Cilmi, Nicholas Coler, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Timothy Larcombe and Tim Powell; Viva La Vida, performed by Coldplay, written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
  • Songwriter of the Year: Eg White
  • The Special International Award: Smokey Robinson
  • BASCA Fellowship: Don Black

Further Reading

William Orbit – Strange Cargo

Back in 1987, William Orbit was little known as a name – he would have been primarily recognised as a member of the underground alternative trio Torch Song, but having opened the year with his debut Orbit, by the end of the year he was already onto his second solo album Strange Cargo.

It opens with the glorious Via Caliente. Orbit’s trademark sound has always involved combining complementary melodies at different tempos, and acoustic guitar is a great medium for that. It’s something he has explored more than once on the Strange Cargo series. Clocking in at barely two and a half minutes, Via Caliente is definitely short, but it’s also gloriously evocative and mature.

It is also, unfortunately, far and away, the best thing on here. Let’s be clear about this – the first Strange Cargo album is far from bad, and it does exactly what it sets out to do, but it is just a little bit cheesy at times. Maybe it’s immature or dated, or maybe Orbit just hadn’t quite worked out what he was trying to do yet, but, for all the good tracks on here, there’s nothing quite up to the standard of the opening track.

Case in point: Fire and Mercy, which starts out with what would come to be the familiar Strange Cargo sound: slightly otherworldly, with deep and weird synthetic noises. Before long, though, it’s punctuated by late-eighties digital FM synthesis and naff sounding countermelodies. Just a few years later, it probably would have been great, but in 1987, it just sounds a bit misguided.

The tracks fly by quickly, though – Jump Jet is a very lively diversion, and then Silent Signals is a gentler piece, this time lacking most of the cheesy synth sounds, but also unusually lacking in any kinds of obvious hooks. The Secret Garden, though, is a soft, nursery rhyme-like piece that takes us meandering through the last four minutes or so of the first side of the LP.

The second side opens with the atmospheric and sweet Out of the Ice, which still has some slightly pained late eighties moments, but is generally very good. Scorpion is a short and punchy piece, followed by Riding to Rio, a catchy acoustic guitar-driven piece, which is probably as close as we come to the dizzy heights of Via Caliente during the rest of the album.

Strange Cargo, as we now know, got a sequel three years later. In fact, it ended up with four, the most recent of which appeared just five years ago. The sound that typifies the series is that weird, otherworldly atmosphere that I described earlier, and even Jimmy’s Jag has a bit of this at the start. It’s definitely part of the same series of albums, and it’s a worthy starting point, but perhaps just not quite at its pinnacle yet.

But by now, we’re nearly at the end of this first volume – The Mighty Limpopo meanders along sweetly, and then the gently rhythmic Theme Dream arrives to close the album out. Comparisons to other volumes in the series aside, this is still a good album, with a very unique style, and well worth hearing.

The first Strange Cargo album is still widely available.

Stowaway Heroes – William Orbit

For a while, William Orbit just seemed to be everywhere. Comfortably among the most influential producers worldwide, he was working with MadonnaAll SaintsPet Shop Boys, and many more.

His career started out with the trio Torch Song, who saw heavy underground success in the mid-1980s. In 1993, they reappeared with a final album Toward the Unknown Region, which included the brilliant Shine on Me:

He famously launched Beth Orton‘s career with this, the sublime Water from a Vine Leaf:

But this was the moment where he really became a household name – in 1995, he recorded Pieces in a Modern Style, which was briefly released and then quickly pulled due to copyright issues. Five years later, it reappeared, heralded by this brilliant Ferry Corsten remix of Samuel Barber‘s Adagio for Strings:

So let’s give respect where it’s due, to the brilliant stowaway hero William Orbit.

Retro chart for stowaways – 29 November 2014

For the first time ever, here’s a retro chart from the lifespan of this blog, never published before. Here are the albums from just three years ago this week:

  1. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
  2. Erasure – The Violet Flame
  3. David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed
  4. Sparks – In Outer Space
  5. Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
  6. David Bowie – Reality
  7. New Order – Waiting for the Sirens’ Call
  8. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  9. William Orbit – Strange Cargo 5
  10. The Human League – Dare