Thursday, 20 February 2014
Alex Turner Gives Heroic Acceptance Speech At The Otherwise Pointless BRIT Awards
Much like it's American counterpart the Grammys this past January, last night's BRIT Awards was no more than it's usual pointless celebration of musical mediocrity save for a brief moment of brilliance from Arctic Monkey's frontman Alex Turner, who took his acceptance speech for Best British Album as an opportunity to deliver a spiel of epic proportions.
The Sheffield local turned rock superstar has turned heads with his vintage style and retro rock look of late, and he was out in his usual attire as he adressed the celebrity audience with this drunken poetic ramble which reflected the band's classic rock style on their acclaimed, and now award-winning 5th effort, AM :
''That rock & roll, eh? That rock & roll, it just won’t go away.
It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules. But it’s always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever.
Yeah, that rock & roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it.''
There was a considerable response to Turner's remarks with many praising his originality and passion, while others dismissed it as a rude or pretentious move. I suppose they were probably waiting with baited breath for a typical thanks to his family, friends, dog, cat and goldfish. If you're asking me though, that's pure class, the like of which we don't hear very often.
In any case, the rest of the evening was spent awarding prizes to a selection of the most boring acts in the UK, with the likes of Sam Smith, Bastille and Rudimental picking up the gold for who cares what, while in some good news, David Bowie surpisingly came away with Best Male following the release of his triumphant comeback record The Nexy Day, while Daft Punk were named Best International Group.
AM came close to the top of Heavy Metal Mouth's Top 25 Albums of 2013 countdown at the end of last year; you can check out my Top 10 Albums here or alternatively, take a look at the HMM 2013 Annual.