Another corker of a night at the NABS Battle of the Bands, held
again this year at Leicester Square’s Hippodrome.
First up were last year’s winners, The Cedar Tree, from Carlson
Marketing, who sang an odd mix of mainstream and political songs but
proved exactly why they scooped the award last year.
Next were The Craik Jones Experience from, you guessed it, Craik Jones,
with the surprise (well, to us anyway) appearance by the agency’s
planning partner, John Voelkel, on vocals. One of the highlights was a
fantastic rendition of Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl.
Ogilvy & Mather dragged along some 50 supporters to support both O&M’s
Half-Eight act and MindShare’s CooperBrown. All we can say about the
three O&M boys in Half-Eight is that they’re definite contenders for top
totty next year, and not bad musicians to boot.
After Half-Eight came The Teds from The Ted’s Agency, who scooped the
Best Original Song award yet again for their When In The World
When the penultimate band, CooperBrown, came on stage, it seemed the
winners had arrived. The four lads from MindShare oozed talent,
performing a fab mix of originals and cover versions.
But that was before we heard AIS/Tequila Payne Stracey’s Mild Mannered
Janitors. Their storming set included tracks like Robbie Williams’ Let
Me Entertain You and the fantastic Song 2 from Blur. The guys have been
performing at the Battle of the Bands for the past three years, and had
considered changing their name to The Runners Up if they didn’t win, but
they can forget that plan now because they scooped the top prize and
will be producing their original song, Look What You Could’ve Won, in
the state-of-the-art Virgin Radio Zoo studios.