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Gomez: From Southport via
the Mississippi Delta

Winner: Gomez - Bring It On
Sounds like: They were born and raised in New Orleans, instead of Southport
Key track: Get Myself Arrested - superlative blues rock in the style of Tom Waits

Subsequent career:
The band enjoyed moderate chart success after winning the Mercury prize, but have largely failed to build on their early promise.
Mercury barometer: Low - 1998 wasn't a good year for British music, but Gomez's win took many by surprise.

Losers: The Verve - Urban Hymns, Catatonia - International Velvet

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