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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.

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Your Comments

Goal attack  said about 2 years ago:

To paraphrase Everett True, fucken good on em


FrankieTeardrop  said about 2 years ago:

Heh heh. Cheeky, but accurate. No wonder it was cut from the broadcast. What was the audience reaction to the speech like?


Ben  said about 2 years ago:

It doesn't actually read that bad.. the ''industry'' and ch 9 are sooktards for pulling it from the broadcast


Ben  said about 2 years ago:

*sooktard-scaredycats


tugboat  said about 2 years ago:

What were they wearing?


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

maybe they didn't want to say Weeping Anus Records out on air?


max bulk  said about 2 years ago:

Wait, Loader released a record last year?


Temet  said about 2 years ago:

Maybe they didn't show it because they don't show all the awards anyway? Not everything's a conspiracy.


josejones  said about 2 years ago:

Wait, Loader released a record last year?

it was this year -- and bloody good.


rawr  said about 2 years ago:

it was this year -- and bloody good.

deserving of a review on this here website?


josejones  said about 2 years ago:

indeed, but some things get sent out and never come back...


Mo  said about 2 years ago:

fucking fantastic record and the speech is pure loader

too bad it wasn't televised

bless them


Goal attack  said about 2 years ago:

''it was this year -- and bloody good.'' - MESS AND NOISE

There you go - reviewed


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

HAHA


rawr  said about 2 years ago:

ha! what more do you need, really?


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

star rating


max bulk  said about 2 years ago:

gifs


rawr  said about 2 years ago:

haha. get ghoti-max on the case. hell, get him on the payroll, jose.


froginasock  said about 2 years ago:

Australia’s least popular, relatively well known band.

The Fauves might have a few words to say about that.

SELF-DEPRICATION FIGHT! GO!


JBR  said about 2 years ago:

So awesome!


Scale  said about 2 years ago:

it's not that amazing, just honest and cheeky. Good on them for being themselves and giving nary a toss.


montyclift  said about 2 years ago:

loader! aria! rah!

surprised there's been no metal fans complaining.

and none of the 'fringe' categories made the telecast - jazz, kids, etc - did they?


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

kids didn't even with the wiggles winning (and getting the HoF induction) ?

weird as the cross promotion value would be high.


slothman  said about 2 years ago:

yay for loader. i didn't even know they were nominated.


peterpaulandmary  said about 2 years ago:

Couldn't agree more with what the Loader wrote, getting that message to the 'music industry' in the room, pity it wasn't televised.
BUT
don't you have to nominate yourself to be in the ARIA awards? If they didn't want to be a part of it, why enter into the crock of shit in the first place?


Mo  said about 2 years ago:

no one has mentioned how hilarious the loader facebook posts have been?

this is my fav:

Front End Loader
For sale. One trophy, mint condition. Best offer.

Pick up from The Annandale Hotel, Friday December 2nd.


storeboughtcool  said about 2 years ago:

Shame. Its the best award acceptance speech since TISM (Les Murray)
The music industry is a septic boil on the buttocks of humanity...


mrsjackwhite  said about 2 years ago:

and none of the 'fringe' categories made the telecast - jazz, kids, etc - did they?

Nup - the artisan awards are a week or so before the night and the others aren't televised. The actual award go for over 4 hours. I wouldn't think people would want to watch that much on they. At least when you are there, they feed you and fill you up with booze (except the AC/DC wine - that was shit)


Dogbastard  said about 2 years ago:

peterpaulandmary, I can assure you that none of us have any idea how we were nominated. And nor do the Psychos. I can only assume that it was MGM, who distributed the album, as well as the Coerce one, I believe.


FrankieTeardrop  said about 2 years ago:

So, what was the audience reaction like? Considering it was mostly industry there, I imagine the silence must have been deafening.


josejones  said about 2 years ago:

the artisan awards are a week or so before the night and the others aren't televised

what's the point in even giving these awards out?

tree falling in the woods...


peterpaulandmary  said about 2 years ago:

I didn't think MGM were that hands on with the labels they distribute. They certainly aren't with Half A Cow! I've only ever put up for nomination a Kim Salmon album. Cost $300 and 25 cds or something like that.


mrsjackwhite  said about 2 years ago:

 FrankieTeardrop  said 24 minutes ago:
So, what was the audience reaction like? Considering it was mostly industry there, I imagine > the silence must have been deafening.

it went down well actually. People laughed & applauded.


montyclift  said about 2 years ago:

what's the point in even giving these awards out?

tree falling in the woods...

beside the simple recognition for good work, how about as an ad for the recipient, so the industry knows x is a good engineer, or y does nice artwork?

and indeed, the damn broadcast is long enough. and as the oscars and emmys and every other award show usually proves, the more obscure the category the longer the speech by the winner.


Dogbastard  said about 2 years ago:

I have no idea how hands on MGM are or not. But if it costs $300+ to nominate yourself, then we sure as hell wouldn't have. Much like we didn't pay $495 each to attend the event.


flukazoid  said about 2 years ago:

Distros definitely give things a push when they think it's worthwhile. I don't know to what extent, but I know it was Creative Vibes that pulled the strings which resulted in Gotye getting nominated for six categories back in '07. Everyone was perplexed at the time because it was all for the release cycle of a remix album... but somehow it worked out...


temporarybenbutler  said about 2 years ago:

$495 each to attend the event.

Nominees should never have to pay to attend an awards show. It's one of the basics of putting on an awards show, up there with making sure everyone ends the night drunk.


looch  said about 2 years ago:

I bet Delta didn't pay for her ticket


max bulk  said about 2 years ago:

Nominees should never have to pay to attend an awards show. It's one of the basics of putting on an awards show, up there with making sure everyone ends the night drunk.

If anyone was going to charge nominees to attend their own awards ceremony, it would have to be someone from the music industry.


temporarybenbutler  said about 2 years ago:

No, but I bet someone did.

This ain't the 80s - or even the 90s. You can no longer assume every nominee has a corporate backer ready to shell out for tickets.


temporarybenbutler  said about 2 years ago:

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looch  said about 2 years ago:

agreed - but surely nominees should get a free bloody ticket from ARIA


redlips  said about 2 years ago:

Cost $300 and 25 cds or something like that.

That's the AMP nomination process.

Also...

YAY for loaders!

Hi Dogbastard!

waves


Mo  said about 2 years ago:

i'd bet $50 kylie didn't pay for her ticket, and her table was vacant as soon as she won her awards lol

yay Australia, we MATTER lololol


pfinger18  said about 2 years ago:

$495 each to attend the event.

Nearly half a grand each to sit through that shamozzle??!! That's ridiculous.


firewitch  said about 2 years ago:

That actually disgusts me


iamthewalrus  said about 2 years ago:

her table was vacant as soon as she won her award

This is true. It was quite obvious too because it was right at the front.


tenzenmen  said about 2 years ago:

if it had been televised - would many of us have seen it? the only reason i know it's aria time is because of this thread :-)


Mo  said about 2 years ago:

yeh tenzenmen - youtube!


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