Isobel Campbell Says Mercury Nom. Caused "Slump"
"I was trying to work out what it all means and trying not to be swallowed up by meaningless stuff," says Campbell. "I just don't want to lose the meaning of what I do. And the meaning of what I do is not getting mashed at an award ceremony."
Campbell is concerned about the focus being put on her appearance rather than on her music. She feels the pressures of the industry are more intense for women: "Sometimes with male songwriters it's almost like they don't need to try so hard. I remember saying to the lead guitarist last week: 'I wish I had a penis.,'" She says, "Sometimes with female artists you just talk about whether they are pretty. I've not done what I've done for the last 10 years of my life for that."
Campbell's also concerned about losing the money she's made from all her work. She needs a new manager and is anxious not to hire one who will wind up stealing from her.
Bookmakers consider Ballad a longshot to win the Mercury. Campbell says she will "probably" go to the September 5 ceremony, though she says the desire to not be "killed" by her record company factors into the decision. She has barely spoken to Lanegan since the recording of their album.
Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan - Revolver (available on Ballad Of The Broken Seas
Mark Lanegan - Sunrise (available on Whiskey For The Holy Ghost)