Jim Carroll

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Gongarama! There’s a gong for (nearly) everyone in the audience

What’s that noise? That, readers, is the sound of a lorry dropping off On the Record’s gongs at the front door. It’s all about looking back in medialand at the moment – looking forward comes next week – so a …

Fri, Dec 21, 2012, 09:45


What’s that noise? That, readers, is the sound of a lorry dropping off On the Record’s gongs at the front door. It’s all about looking back in medialand at the moment – looking forward comes next week – so a round of applause please for the recepients of OTR’s Gongs Of 2012.

But before we get to that black-tie occasion, a big thanks to all of you, the thousands of OTR readers who come here day in and day out. It has been a fascinating year with a lot of stories, from the Phoenix Park to Bon Jovi, getting attention and traction beyond the blog. I’ve been writing OTR since March 2007 and one of the reasons why I enjoy still enjoy doing it is down to the reaction from the readers and, of course, the tip-offs which lead to even more stories. Thanks for your time and attention in 2012. Have a brilliant Christmas and all the best for 2013. There will be a few posts over the Christmas period (The Ticket will be published next Friday, December 28, and will include a round-up of pundits giving their music tips for 2013) but normal service resumes on Wednesday January 3 with 500 Words Of January. Many of you will remember 500 Words Of Summer from August 2012 and this is another series of really brilliant guest posts to get the new year off to the best possible start.

And now, on with the show. Here are the people who gave rock’n’roll a bad name in the last 12 months….

Street Team of the Year (collective): Team Breezy. For their desperate attempts to defind nasty woman-bashing thug Chris Brown.

Fair City Soap Opera of the Year: the to-ing and fro-ing over the Swedish House Mafia show at the Phoenix Park.

Air Hostess of the Year: Rihanna

The New Rock’n’Roll Of the Year: the reaction to Spotify’s launch in Ireland.

Street Team of the Year (solo): Glenn Osrin, the Examiner.com dude who writes about Bon Jovi (and veganism).

Rave of the Year: National Ploughing Championships

Twitter Storm In A Teacup of the Year: the most heavily contested category this year with Garbage’s Shirley Manson’s scrap with her fans last month getting the nod.

Bringing Sexyback of the Year: the revamped MySpace

The Geography Lesson of the Year: Camden Crawl for moving London NW1 to Dublin 1 and 2

The Begorrah & Begob Of the Year: Mumford & Sons’ video to plug their Galway show

Closed Venue of the Year: the POD complex

Open Venue of the Year That We Wish Was Closed: Academy 2

Promoter of the Year: the Event Company who were forced to cancel the Summer Sessions after The Human League and The Stranglers pulled out due to failure to pay advances.

The WTF of the Year: that Tupac hologram

Fuming of the Year: Steve Wall’s Arthur’s Day broadside (and his moaning about none of The Ticket writers mentioning The Walls in our lists of 2012)

The Killing the Golden Goose of the Year: acts annoying fans and friends with constant badgering about fund-it-yourself campaigns.

TV Comedy Gold of the Year: Ireland’s Rappers

Band of the Year: The Strypes for making everyone over 20 years of age feel ancient.

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