| Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney: Rhyme row
London, Oct. 11: Yoko Ono risked reopening her feud with Paul McCartney yesterday after appearing to pour scorn on the former Beatle’s songwriting skills.
She implied that McCartney’s songs were “June with spoon” ' a term often used for songwriters who use bad rhymes ' as she accepted an award for her late husband, John Lennon, the day after what would have been his 65th birthday.
Ono told the audience at the Q magazine music awards in London that Lennon woke her up one night to ask: “Why do they cover Paul’s songs but never mine'”
“I said: ‘You’re a good songwriter. It’s not just June with spoon that you write. You’re a good singer and most musicians are probably a little bit nervous about covering your songs’.”
Ono, 72, is known for her high-profile skirmishes with McCartney, although she said recently that the disagreements are purely about business and spoke affectionately about McCartney and his wife Heather Mills-McCartney.
She spoke at the ceremony which saw Oasis return from the wilderness ' in the eyes of their fans at least ' 10 years after they transformed the music scene with Britpop.
Their latest album, Don’t Believe the Truth, which failed to enthuse critics, was named best album at the awards, voted for by readers of Q magazine.
The band also received a People’s Choice award for receiving the highest number of votes across all categories.
The music paper NME had described Don’t Believe the Truth as the “base camp for their long trek back to greatness”.
The Daily Telegraph said: “It’s not very good' uninspiring stuff ' lumpy, clumpy, derivative”, while The Observer said the band was “still struggling to reignite themselves”.
The fans, however, felt differently.
Noel Gallagher acknowledged that his band’s return to the fold had been a long time coming.
“It was a change to not get the token live act award for being able to play the guitar,” he said.
The honour of best live act went instead to U2.
Damon Albarn, another veteran of the Britpop scene as the former lead singer of Blur, won two awards for his new band Gorillaz.
James Blunt, the former Household Cavalry officerturned-singer-songwriter, who had the biggest hit of this year with You’re Beautiful, won the award for best new act.
Coldplay scooped the title of Best Act in the World Today.
In his acceptance speech, the frontman Chris Martin hit back at Oasis’s former mentor Alan McGee, who once said Coldplay made “music for bedwetters”.
“Somewhere in the world Alan McGee is having a heart attack,” said Martin. “He said we’d never make it.” But he took the opportunity to put out a hand of friendship to Oasis.
“I send my love to Liam. We’re not in a fight with everyone ' except George Bush,” Martin said.