Last Wednesday was a busy night for party-going adfolk. The organisers
of the D&AD awards, the NABS Battle of the Bands and the Roses Awards in
Manchester had, most clumsily, failed to compare diaries and all three
events were scheduled for the same evening.
Of the three, however, those who went to the Battle of the Bands
probably had the best time of all (and that’s not sour grapes on the
part of the Diary editor for not wangling a D&AD ticket or anything).
It’s because everyone at D&AD ended up pissed off that not enough awards
were made, everyone at the Roses was pissed off that too many awards
were made, while everyone at the NABS do ended up, well, just pissed.
On the way to raising pounds 11,000 for the charity, there was beer,
Carlton TV’s Martin Bowley in a daft shirt, more beer, Young and
Rubicam’s dishy Chris Isaak lookalike in a commendably fashionable gold
suit, beer again, numerous Oasis covers and lots of dancing.
The National Magazine Company’s Endorphin Machine netted the best band
award, while the prize for best original song - a day’s free recording
at Graffiti Sound House - was awarded to TBWA Direct’s Thursday’s
Adventures of Tin Tin, for its rendition of It’s You.
The Diary’s vote (if that counts for anything, and we’d like to think it
does) goes to Y&R for its rendition of Common People and for the Chris
Isaak lookalike in his lovely gold suit (you’ve already mentioned him -