ARIAs 2011: The Front End Loader Speech That Never Was
News posted Monday, November 28 2011 at 12:00 AM.
Related: Aria, Gotye, Boy & Bear, Kimbra, Front End Loader.
After 20 years and six albums, Front End Loader won their first ARIA Award last night; a fact you may’ve missed if you were watching the telecast on Nine’s digital channel GO!.
The band beat out the likes of Coerce, Cosmic Psychos, Dream on Dreamer and Floatingme in the decidedly unsexy Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album category for this year’s Ritardando. And while Gotye (six awards), Boy & Bear (five including Album of the Year) and Kimbra (Best Female Artist) will no doubt be making all the page six headlines, spare a thought for the 30-something rock-dads from Sydney who didn’t get to deliver an awkward acceptance speech. (Or have someone make one on their behalf, as the case may be.)
Convinced of a “highly improbable” win, the band sent triple j’s Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall up on stage to collect their prize. Here’s the speech the Nine Network decided not to air. We're sure it had nothing to do with having to read their label, "Weeping Anus Records", out on the night.
If Radio’s The Doctor is reading this from stage, it means the unthinkable has happened and Floating Me has been robbed!!
The members of Front End Loader can think of no finer way to spend an evening than to be here with you all. Unfortunately, as an independent band that has been not making money and not selling albums for many years, our budget does not allow this.
To our fans who congratulated us on the nomination, we accept in the spirit that you’ve offered it. You have proven over the years to be a strange bunch of freaks, but you’re our freaks and we’ve grown fond of you. If this award makes you happy, go right ahead and enjoy that.
We’re not sure what the award means – we know there’s no cash prize, because that’s the first thing we asked. If there is any value attached to this award then it belongs to our partners and families, past and present, who have enabled, tolerated and endured the challenges and bullshit involved in being Australia’s least popular, relatively well known band.
To the Australian Music Industry … as you were … please carry on … we mean you no harm. We will continue to write Rock Music that we enjoy, play shows when and where we can, and record and release this music as our time, money, and circumstances permit. None of these activities concern you so please, move along, and let us never speak of this again.
So there you have it – just in case you were wondering.
Anyhow, as we were saying, we do have a show coming up, so let’s just focus on that, shall we?
Hopefullly we’ll see you there.
The F.E. Loader Band
Front End Loader will play their final show for the year at The Annandale in Sydney this Friday (December 2). For a full list of ARIA winners click here.