From the trainwreck that was the abominable MTV Australia Awards 2008 – perhaps the most irrelevant awards ceremony ever to be held on these shores – comes The Vines with a woeful performance of their dreary new tune, ‘He’s A Rocker’.
In a light show that would arouse Tiesto and bring down epileptics everywhere, The Vines limp through this weak post-grunge number with lukewarm stage presence and off-key backing vocals. Perhaps the Vines are the new Jet – a band who the industry thinks is “hip” and “cool”, but in reality no one really gives a crap about them.
But that was indicative of the entire MTVAA, held at the awesome but ill-fitting CarriageWorks in Sydney, with a cold VIP area and a cattle-pen for the rest of the punters. Does anyone care about acts like Eve and Wyclef Jean? They haven’t had a hit in, what… 8 years or something?
I also received an email from an irate attendee who is furious at MTV and General Pants (who you had to purchase expensive jeans from in order to secure a ticket) for being promised a 50 Cent performance, but the man (with entourage in tow) failed to say more than a few introductory words on the night. I’m sure he’s not the only one.
Sorry to hark on about it, but I seriously can’t get over the lasers in the chorus! What the hell were they thinking? Makes me laugh every time I watch it… and I’m sure that’s not the desired response.
P.S. I don’t mean to MTV-bash, because the 2007 awards was one of the best nights of my life! Nicole Richie… priceless. It’s just they just got it horribly, horribly wrong this year.