As usual, this year’s NME Awards was a mixture of the great, the good, the drunk and the annoying, all presented by a once great title currently struggling to be all things to all (younger and younger) people. One look at the winners gives a clue to just how un-alternative the 2009 notion of alternative music really can be with Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Muse (best live act yet again) and MGMT picking up the main prizes. Spot the difference between this and the Brits and quite probably the Meteors? No, neither can we.
The night wasn’t without its bizarre moments. Peter Doherty (fast becoming one of our favourite people) kept hugging Carl Barat before pointing out that receiving the award for the best solo performer was a bit premature given that he hadn’t released anything, Dizzee Rascal stage dived award in hand, Noel Fielding again caused us to wonder how such a funny man can be in such a deeply unfunny TV show and Oasis were roundly booed for winning best British band. What a funny old world.
Yet it was the live performance that for once lifted the whole thing out of the realms of curio. The much heralded Damon Albarn / Graham Coxon reunion was sweet but, let’s face it, a bit wobbly – as was the Franz Ferdinand and La Roux collaboration. Far far better were Friendly Fires and their samba dancers, the stately Elbow, an amazing Glasvegas and Florence doing an Elvis classic and The Cure’s fiery closing set.
Enjoy it all here in handy bite sized chunks…..
Franz Ferdinand & La Roux
Glasvegas & Florence
Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon