Keith Richards, my Mum has some questions for you.
... My Mama
by Katie Langley
After Chet Faker scored the number one spot on triple J’s Hottest 100 my Mum infamously sassed “who the fuck is Chet Faker?”. At the moment it hit me – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I also wondered if she’d be better placed to write the Sizzle!
Growing up I can always remember my Mum having a love of music (although, if I ever hear Hootie and the Blowfish again it will be too soon) and it’s still something that she enjoys and actively seeks out. I find her interest in Australian hip hop questionable, but part of me is actually impressed she even knows who the Hilltop Hoods are.
My Mum has always been a supportive of my musical tastes (no matter how weird and wonderful) and is the number one fan of the Sizzle. Perhaps my only fan. You might have seen her leave comments from time to time.
Readers, I introduce to you, my Mum.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Currently playing Rodriguez, followed in rotation with Sam Smith, Monsters and Men, Hot Chocolate (Greatest Hits) INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Mumford and Sons, Bob Marley and The Wailers.
What song would you sing at karaoke?
Alas, the years still not have improved these silken tonsils, but how about ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones. I’m scarred still from hysterical laughter from you and Jess on the odd occasion I decided to let rip.
If you could invite 5 musicians (dead or alive) to dinner, who would you pick and why?
- Keith Richards - Why are you still alive? And what’s the dirt on Mick?
- Michael Hutchence (INXS) - Just loved the lyrics, music. I would ask him what he was thinking regarding Paula Yates.
- Chrissie Amphlett, such a strong front woman for the Divinyls - What was it like being up there out front, performing with such raw open sexuality, no make-up, gap in the front teeth, school uniform? Such a contrast to the contrived sexual performances from Miley Cyrus.
- Carole King (Tapestry) - Just loved her music! Nana says I thrashed that album. I still play it!
- Kate Miller-Heidke - What an awesome voice (‘The Last day on Earth’). I would invite her to sing to us !
What song really gets on your nerves?
‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. It’s a brain worm and very insidious.
Tell us about your favourite live gig.
Byron Bay Blues Fest, April 2013. The line up for that year was the best it’s ever been - Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Ben Harper, Rodriguez, Zac Brown Band, Status Quo. There was a long list of amazing performers with a mix to please young and old. It was a week of musical indulgence where the hardest thought for the day is “who am I going to see” and “who will I miss out on” due to conflicting playing times. As usual it rained but you could always manage to squeeze in somewhere out of the rain. I floated on a high for two weeks after, refusing to take off my entry bracelet!
What do you think about Katie’s musical taste?
Hmm, I can remember lots of Marilyn Manson and ‘The Dope Show’, followed by Green Day in teenage years. In recent times I get a hint of some "head banger tendencies" but I used to too, and still do like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, so could be a little genetic. Overall, a diverse range of musical taste but I have noted some lack of Country’n’Western appreciation (again, could be genetic).
P.S. Mum, happy Mother’s Day. I love you. See you in the pit.