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Gong! Gong! Gong! OTR’s Gongs of 2010!

Gong! Gong! Gong! We end the year with OTR’s Gongs Of 2010, our set of beautifully designed awards presented to those who have served the rock’n’roll cause at home and away in the last 12 months. Please note that tongues …

Thu, Dec 23, 2010, 09:55

   

Gong! Gong! Gong! We end the year with OTR’s Gongs Of 2010, our set of beautifully designed awards presented to those who have served the rock’n’roll cause at home and away in the last 12 months. Please note that tongues are firmly in cheeks.

Before we start handing out the gongs, a HUGE thanks to ALL our readers for a brilliant year on the blog. A round of applause and a standing ovation for every single one of you from me. I keep saying this because it’s true – OTR only works because of you lot reading it, commenting on it and tipping me off about stuff for it. It’s very humbling to see the reaction which posts here generate and it spurs me on to keep OTR at the very top of the game. Thanks so much for spending another 12 months reading, commenting and fuming on OTR. Have a fantastic Christmas break. Be safe on those roads if you’re travelling. And best wishes for the next 12 months. Normal service resumes on Wednesday January 5 with OTR’s 2011 preview.

Now, the envelopes please. The winners of OTR’s Gongs of 2010 are….

Best reason for a gig cancellation in 2010: KRS One’s Dublin show yanked due to “Puretone-related madness”

The New Unforeseen Circumstances of the Year: downsizing your gig to a smaller venue and hoping no-one notices (see A Flock Of Seagulls, En Vogue, Yeasayer, Arrested Development etc)

Catchphrase of the Year: a tie between “tell that cat to chill” (Prince to MCD’s Denis Desmond) and “I’ve a horse outside” (Rubberbandits to the world at large).

Right Hook of the Year: Axl Rose

King Canutes of the Year: Eircom’s three-strikes campaign against illegal music downloading

Promoter of the Year: Rockefeller Productions

Trooper of the Year: Whitney Houston, who didn’t let a pesky volcano put her off entertaining her Irish fans. Many of those Irish fans, though, would prefer their money back.

Birds of the Year: the pigeons who pooed on Kings Of Leon during a gig in St Louis.

WTF of the Year: the brouhaha between the Irish Music Rights Organisation and a bunch of Irish music bloggers when the former tried to get the latter to pay a licence fee.

Aul’ Fella of the Year: John Lydon for his anti-internet rant.

Best Hash(tag) of the Year: #bandtips

Best €900 Saving of the Year: the Dancing About Architecture music journalism course.

The “What Are You Still Doing Here?” One-Way Ticket of the Year: Crystal Swing