Check out the pictures from yesterday’s MOJO Honours List Launch and read on for a rundown of the cool runnings and hot gossip from the evening session, starring Rufus Wainwright, The 1990s, Findlay Brown, Field Music and an errant bear!

“I’ve been attacked by a bear!” wailed Rufus Wainwright. “I suppose that’s every young Canadian man’s fantasy!”

The flighty-voiced bard of the international demi-monde couldn’t resist a camp outburst as his sequined scarf – to which the cuddly, ursine offender was attached – fell once more onto his piano keys. Yet a trouper like Wainwright can be trusted to put such interruptions behind him, and he was quickly in his stride, interspersing tunes from his new album, Release The Stars, with the familiar “An Audience With”-style quips. Those hoping for encores, however, were disappointed – he was off at 6.40pm sharp to check out the last night of Brecht & Weill’s ballet The Seven Deadly Sins at the Royal Opera House, with vocal contributions from his sister Martha.

No such swish destinations for Glasgow’s 1990s, whose angular, neo-Noo York punk probings were followed by an assignation with MOJO at the pub after. Nice fellows they are, even if drummer Michael McGaughrin appeared to be encouraging theft (though not of 1990s albums) from HMV’s unguarded shelves. There was even talk of opening a market stall and selling off the gleanings.

Perhaps they could hire Findlay Brown, the surprisingly tall nu-folkster whose shady past involved prizefighting and pawning his mum’s rings. He brought a full band and purveyed excitable hippie rock versions of songs from his excellent Separated By The Sea album. Brown’s percussionist rocked a “t-shirt and tie combination” straight out of an Arctic Monkeys lyric but made up for that faux-pas with sterling, preposterously loud work on an egg-shaker. “It’s a dinosaur egg,” deadpanned the be-espadrilled Brown, “containing the sands of time.”

Which leaves us with Field Music, who astounded – as ever – with their ability to do such clever things with so few components. Particularly fine versions of Working To Work and A House Is Not A Home were timely reminders of the beauty and invention of their latest album, Tones Of Tone. “Don’t split up!” begged a voice from the audience, and the brothers Brewis later revealed that it’s in fact their intention to cease trading as a touring “indie rock band” and just make records in Sunderland. Good luck to them, especially with the Sunderland bit.

Overall, it was testament to the commitment, conviction and (perhaps) bloody-mindedness of Wednesday evening’s acts that they all managed to play as if headlining a gloomy club of their own choosing and not a brightly-lit record shop to a combination of best mates, curiosity seekers and frankly baffled shoppers wondering why they couldn’t get to Rock & Pop Q-R (bad luck Quintessence fan!). Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.

Posted by Danny Eccleston at 03:41PM | Categories: MOJO Honours List, News


Interesting the Amy Winehouse is up for best live act... Clearly those responsible for nominations were not at her appearance at G-A-Y in January, when she was on for one song, then ran off to be sick, not returning due to being drunk.... Then there was her amazing effort in cancelling her two Shepherds Bush shows in March because she was drunk and chipped a tooth... She then braved G-A-Y to mumble out her songs, with her band so much louder than her, you could hardly make out what she was saying... Yep I hope she wins... clearly she deserves it!

Posted by: Cham | 11 May 2007 15:48:13