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May 23, 2024

Five degrees of inspiration

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Adam says it’s time for a Sunday bus for north Byron Shire

As many people are aware, there is no public transport in the north of Byron Shire on Sundays, making it difficult for people, young people in particular, to get to where they want to go. Adam Luck has decided to take action on this problem. 

Bodies of man, child found in East Lismore home

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Cartoon of the week – 22 May, 2024

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The latest information supplied from Byron Shire’s Water and Recycling on future operational plans contains the term ‘renew’ numerous...

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Playing two shows this week at the Hotel Great Northern, singer/songwriter Mat from The Beautiful Girls revealed all about his musical inspiration – these are his top five.

1. Bob Dylan: Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right – I’ve always played guitar because my dad played and there was always one around. I don’t remember ever thinking it was ‘cool’ until I heard this song on one of my dad’s records. I remember being struck by how stark it sounded compared to most of the other albums in his collection. In some weird way I could relate. Even as a little kid I remember thinking that playing guitar and singing was all you really needed to say, what you needed to.

2. John Coltrane: My Favourite ThingsAnother one of my dad’s records. I used to love to listen to his mellow ballads and thought the sound of his playing was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. I begged my dad to try to get me into the school band, on saxophone, when I was in first grade. It was a couple of years before I was ‘technically’ allowed to join. They let me in on the proviso that I had to play the shitty, beat-up saxophone they had in storage. I stuck with it and the school got me a brand-new shiny saxophone to play about six months before my dad passed away. It’s still almost the proudest I’ve ever been.

3. Run DMC: Sucker MCs – When I was in my early teens, and my friends were all listening to rock music, I was listening to Run DMC on my cassette Walkman. I thought it sounded so tough and I had no idea how they got the drums and the music to sound like it did. Run DMC were kind of like my Beatles.

4. Minor Threat: Look Back and LaughThese guys (and Bad Brains) were pretty much the only guitar bands I listened to in my teens. It just always felt like, until Nirvana came along, that guitar bands just sung about stupid stuff. It was all a bit too ‘rock star’ for me. I liked all the early hardcore stuff because I could relate to it. I could imagine my friends and me making songs like this.

5. The Clash: Guns of Brixton – I came to the Clash kind of late. I knew about Rock the Casbah and songs like that but I actually thought they were sort of cheesy. Later on, as I dug into their records, I realised how important and influential they are. To me, as a person who likes to mix up genres, a band that mashes reggae, dub and punk rock and has something to say will always be a shining light.

The Beautiful Girls Play the Hotel Great Northern tonight and Saturday and the Coolangatta Hotel on Friday.

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