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Miss Dynamite visibly shocked that the SBS did not win.

BROWN SOUND SNUBBED AT MERCURY MUSIC AWARDS

In what amounts to a double blow for the Steve Brown Sound, the prestigious annual award for best new album by a British act has been scooped by London garage act, Ms. Dynamite.

The first insult came earlier the year when the then unrecorded album wasn't even nominated for the award which has previously gone to the likes of Primal Scream, Pulp and Gomez. But foolish optimists in the SBS fanbase still hoped that this hurdle wouldn't stop the as yet unreleased 'Starting From Now' from beating the bookies favourites to pick up the melodious gong. But the bookies favourites also stumbled, bringing the SBS' dreams down with them as The Coral and The Streets were pipped at the post by the 21-year-old songstress.

A spokesman for the band was unavailable to comment on this hurtful turn of events at the time of going to press, but keep an eye on forthcoming issues of The Vic for the official Brown Sound word on what it means not to win the Mercury Music Prize 2002 and what they could have done with all that lovely prize money.

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