Thursday, June 16, 2005


Past the sign saying "thank you for not mentioning Dadrock", they came, to the 2005 Mojo Awards. London's frankly obscure Porchester Hall was the glittering venue for the not-too-late prizegiving, sponsored by the magazine and dedicated to giving recognition to those "whose careers have been responsible for enhancing our rich musical culture". And who have lucrative back catalogue too, of course.

Siouxsie was voted Icon; Paul Weller won songwriter; the best new act is The Magic Numbers (yes, the Magic Numbers) and Inspiration was the Gang of Four. The Hall of Fame opened its doors to make space for Madness; every year Mojo inducts another act into the hall, usually for inspiring rubbish dancing and being totally misunderstood.