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JIM CARROLLon music. Put your hands together for the folks who gave rock'n'roll a bad name in 2012

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 recipients of OTR’s Gongs Of 2012. Here are the people who gave rock’n’roll a bad name in the past 12 months:

Street Team of the Year (solo)

Glenn Osrin, the examiner.comdude who writes about Bon Jovi.

Street Team of the Year (collective)

Team Breezy. For their desperate attempts to defend nasty, woman-bashing thug Chris Brown.

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


The New Rock’n’Roll Of the Year

The reaction to Spotify’s launch in Ireland.

Rave of the Year

National Ploughing Championships.

Twitter Storm in a Teacup of the Year

The most heavily contested category this year. Garbage’s Shirley Manson’s scrap with her fans last month gets the nod.

Bringing Sexy Back Award

The revamped MySpace.

Geography Lesson of the Year

Camden Crawl – for moving London NW1 to Dublin 1 and 2.

Begorrah and Begob of the Year

Mumford Sons’ video to plug their Galway show.

Closed Venue of the Year

The POD complex.

Open Venue We Wish Was Closed Award

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 when advances weren’t paid.

WTF?of the Year

That Tupac hologram.

Fume of the Year

Steve Wall’s lengthy Arthur’s Day broadside.

Killing the Golden Goose Award

Artists badgering fans and friends about fund-it campaigns.

TV Comedy Gold of the Year

Ireland’s Rappers.

Band of the Year

The Strypes, for making everyone over 20 feel ancient.

Now playing

Mary Margaret O’Hara

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Seasonal thrills from the Canadian singer and songwriter with the haunting, mesmerising, melancholic voice.

Kate Bush

December Will Be Magic Again

Props to Ms Bush for rhyming “husky” with “Bing Crosby”.

Rotary Connection

Silent Night Chant

A truly psychedelic Christmastime with Minnie Riperton, Charles Stepney and co.


Lo, How A Rose E’re Blooming
(Best Buy)

Even Feist gets festive at this time of year.

Kate Rusby

Little Town of Bethlehem

What Christmas sounds like in south Yorkshire - from the While Mortals Sleep album.

Okkervil River

Listening To Otis Redding at Home Over Christmas

The sound of brittle heartbreak at Christmas – and a reminder to ensure there’s some Otis in the house too.


Holiday Gift Style

KRS-One gets his Yule on with help from Shinehead and Mad Lion.

James Brown

Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year

One of the many great JB Christmas classics.

Tracy Thorn

Tinsel Lights
(Strange Feeling)

This year’s addition to the seasonal canon.

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