Empire Of The Sun call The Presets dance music’s “Vegemite”

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Remember Empire Of The Sun? The electro-nutballs lead by Luke Steele and sometimes also Nick Littlemore haven’t given ITMers too much to talk about of late with a touring commitments slowing down after a hectic summer schedule. And though we’ve missed Steele’s often-crazy rants about Jay-Z, Obama and being a single mother we just knew he wouldn’t be away for long…

Popping up at last night’s APRA Awards – that’s the Australasian Performing Right Association – in Sydney, Steele and his Empire cohort picked up two gongs for Walking On A Dream, including Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year and Dance Work Of The Year despite the fact that tune came out waaaaay back in 2008. Go figure.

But that wasn’t the weirdest moment, as he was unable to attend the ceremony, Steele phoned in his acceptance speech from a bathtub, yes a bathtub, on the other side of the world, and whilst sitting in the tub he proceeded to have a veiled dig at other local dance music success story, The Presets.

“I don’t know why you’re giving me this award, but I’ll take it anyway…,” FasterLouder reported Steele as saying mid bubble-bath. “It’s nice to win especially against the Vegemite of Australian music – The Presets.”

Oh snap! Somebody call the hospital, we’ve got a burn victim right here! Err, at least we think that was a burn, it’s kind of hard to tell. One thing we do know though is that at least he didn’t call them ‘vanilla as fuck’!

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elektrobotic

elektrobotic said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

'Vegemite'... sheesh doesn't he know it's all about the 'Cheesybite' these days!

Ruthykins

Ruthykins said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Are they Vegemite because only Australians like it? I'm confused. Luke Steele needs to work on his burns!

CircusMidget

CircusMidget said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Not that I like the presets, but Luke is a knob. aka Priscilla, Queen of the Deserters.

Jarrod_s

Jarrod_s said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

i would have thought Vegemite in this case was something all Aussies loved and lived by... hmm i would say it's not a burn

tmfllr

tmfllr said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Who has bubble baths?! What a homo.

tranceboy2009

tranceboy2009 said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

hmmmm slow news day huh!!!!

daverh

daverh said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

definitely debatable if it's a diss or not but I thought of it as Steele slyly saying that the Presets are ubiquitous in this country and over-saturated. Boom!

haynesyy

haynesyy said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Yeah daverh, I believe you got this one wrong.. He is definitely complimenting the Presets. He questions why he got the award instead of them...

CircusMidget

CircusMidget said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

It was a rhetorical question, a statement of sorts. Vegemite tastes and looks like poo. It is consistent though, I will give you that.

oooCharlyooo

oooCharlyooo said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

You fucked up DaverH. You fucked up real good son.

Remote

Remote said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

pics of bubblebath or gtfo

daverh

daverh said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Quoting my own disclaimer: "Err, at least we think that was a burn, it’s kind of hard to tell."

CircusMidget

CircusMidget said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Vegemite is not Australian anymore, it is owned by Kraft (US). Closest we have now is Dick Smith's Aussimite.

Peter_File

Peter_File said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

More tabloidism. daverh fuck back off to whatever rag you came from

danmau5

danmau5 said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

whoa, thats a bit much isnt it?

Chillin

Chillin said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Pretty sure that's a compliment which you've twisted into sensationalistic journalism

angy

angy said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Can't you dumb ****s loosen up, take a joke and have a laugh? Luke Steele certainly is LOL

lgemming

lgemming said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

I was at the APRA awards and this is piece of journalism is a joke. Luke Steele was actually complimenting the Presets.

angy

angy said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Anyone with half a brain can see that Luke Steele enjoys playing with the media, and ITM is happily playing along. lgemming, you need to shake the sand outta your giny.

daverh

daverh said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

UT OH! Somebody wrote something facetious on the internet! This will not stand! Sheesh you guys.

ABitPatchy

ABitPatchy said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

Daverh your 'news' updates are horrible, please go and work for the Herald Sun where this garbage belongs.

polite_society

polite_society said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

Whoa. All the princesses came out to play today.

Peter_File

Peter_File said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

Make a decision ITM: are you tabloid pap, or a serious music journalism site? You're heading more

apluskt

apluskt said on the 25th Jun, 2010

Oh Daverh, you couldn't have gotten this any more wrong !!!!! and it makes you look like your not very Australian lol
Luke not on some crazy rant but he is definitely complimenting the Presets. He questions why he got the award instead of them...