The ’60s Live! Award: Tie between Art Garfunkel and David Crosby, both of whom were busted for marijuana possession.
The Alice Cooper “Know your fan base” Award: Kid Rock, for performing as part of last summer’s Republican National Convention and telling 2,000 young Republicans, “If I was president I would do the State of the Union address while smokin’ a joint on Air Force One”; and Gene Simmons for referring to Islam in interviews as “a vile religion.”
Best Marketing Tieup: The United States Postal Service, which in 2003 served a cease-and-desist order on the indie rock duo The Postal Service for trademark infringement, changed its mind and has allowed the group use of the name as long as they include the USPS brand on all subsequent releases and make those releases available on the USPS website and at American post offices.
Runner-up: Bob Dylan, whose song “Sick of Love” was used in a Victoria’s Secret ad, thus resulting in a noticeable increase in sales.
Makeover of the Year: The two young Russian women known as Tatu, who topped the charts in 2003 with a stage act that exploited their lesbian relationship, announced that they are really “hot heterosexuals” following the cancellation of a mini-tour of England due to poor ticket sales.
Rock City of the Year: Glasgow has been compared to Detroit in the ’60s or Seattle in the late ’80s. Compared to either, however, the music currently coming out of Scotland’s cultural capital is more varied and more rooted in an ongoing scene rather than sound. The Pastel’s have remained a mainstay of indie rock fans worldwide; their tiny Geographic Records remains a fertile place to hear up-and-coming young bands. From the pretty-boy posing of Franz Ferdinand to the lyrical pop of Belle & Sebastian, Glasgow seems to have a seemingly endless — and diverse — supply of bands. (S.T.)