Friday, April 25, 2008

First-ever NME Awards in the US

Well, it sounds like he Brits are still busy misbehaving when it comes to Awards ceremonies. It's always been like that, most other nations take their award ceremonies very serious, but the Brits just get hammered and act silly.

So when the acceptance speech of the Arctic Monkeys was being played at the NME Awards (they had won Best International Album for 'Favourite Worst Nightmare’), the Klaxons stormed the stage and ran off with the award.

By the way, what's the deal with the Klaxons? Is there something I am missing here? They just sound like shit to me. They actually won Best New International Live Act and Best New International Track for 'Golden Skans’. I don't get it, but there you go. What do I know?

Mark Ronson – who won Best New Solo Artist - also attempted to invade the stage at some point, but fell over after misjudging his step. Now that is funny! I'm sure that moment will haunt him for many years to come. His mates will rub it in too, no doubt. Now, seeing as Mark is half-English & half-American, maybe his British genes compelled him to jump the stage & his America genes tripped him up on the way there? What do you think? ; )

Agynnes Deyn (the supermodel who was onstage as the Klaxons swipes the Arctic Monkeys Award) said that this kind of behaviour was good because as she thought the US bands needed a lesson in how to behave, believing they were too polite."In London (at the Shockwaves NME Awards in February) it was a bit raw, everyone was smashed, whereas here people were drinking diet coke," she noted.

The Clash legend Mick Jones was given the 'Inspiration Award' and Jane’s Addiction got honoured with the 'Godlike Genius Award For Services To Music'.

It's funny, years ago I was at a dreadful music festival in Portugal together with Mick Jones from the Clash. The festival was such a disaster, there was no audience. Seriously, there were more people on stage than in the audience. So Mick Jones and I did a runner and broke into a nearby waterpark in the middle of the night. Going down waterslides at four in the morning doesn't really work though as they are turned off and there is no water sliding down them. Still, it was a funny moment.

He also gave me a really sweet compliment. He said: 'I'm sorry, this may sound silly. But you are such a beautiful person. And I don't mean from the outside, I mean inside. You have a beautiful character'. Kinda sweet, right? It always stuck with me.