Last Thursday, Camden Palace was the scene of the annual NABS
Battle of the Bands. Duty-bound to attend, we nevertheless managed to
have a pretty fab time for the second year running.
The evening kicked off with Stuntmutt, FCB and BMP DDB’s entrant to the
competition. Not quite getting there in time for the start, we hear they
were a bit too ’guitary’, but we did catch the fantastic, the wonderful,
the victorious Bates Angels, from - you guessed it - Bates Dorland. They
wowed the crowd with tunes such as Le Chic’s Le Freak and other 70s
Dressed outrageously in curly wigs and wild 70s suits, they were by far
the most enthusiastic of all the bands. That was probably why they were
declared the winners.
The other band that caught the Diary’s eye was Funky Groove Movement
from the new-media agency, SMI Group. They were definitely the coolest,
showing the packed crowd that you could perform completely original
songs and still get the applause that everyone else gets for their cover
We even managed to fit in a bit of floor-shuffling to them.
We’re sorry, but Young and Rubicam’s Common People just didn’t do it for
us - too much Pulp/Blur/Oasis influence. However, the finale by NABS’s
Spiced Girls was the highlight of the whole evening.
For anyone considering entering next year’s competition, please, please
do. We’d very much like to have to go again.