After Alex Turners acceptance speech at the Brits last week everyone had their own opinion, was it a brilliant speech about rock and roll or a load of pretentious nonsense? The Guardian Music blog even posted their own tongue in cheek annotation of what they think it all meant here
If you haven’t already seen it take a look at the ‘offending’ speech yourself below.
Mike Williams of the NME blog wrote that Alex Turner is ‘a man who understands that rock’n’roll isn’t about an antiquated idea of “guitar music”, or about any level of genre elitism, but spirit and ethos, excitement and unpredictability; The traits that British music was always renowned for.’
Speaking to the Daily Mail Turner spoke out about the controversial speech saying “In public, I’m a quiet guy, so doing anything in front of lots of people always makes me nervous. I’m known for my music, not how well I deliver a speech. People always assume if you’re in a band that’s been on the scene for ages that you’re going to be really confident, but that’s not true at all.”
Personally I loved Alex’s speech, yeah ok it wasn’t the normal ‘thanks mum, thanks dad’ acceptance speech but then again who wants ‘normal’? As far as controversial its by far not the worst thing to happen at the Brits, anyone remember the Jarvis Cocker and Michael Jackson incident? Like he said he’s not known for his speeches, he’s known for his music and that more than does the talking.
To quote the NME “to end the night looking like an outsider is madness, brilliance and poetic irony all in one”.