Ballina band get Guinness gig

By RENEE REDMOND

GUINNESS Book of Records achievers Who's Ya Daddy will play for pizza and soft drink if it means getting the music out there.

The Ballina punk rock band applied for a world record after having its song, I Like Fat Chicks, banned from Northern Rivers radio station ZZZ FM in December.

Last week the keepers of the records notified the musicians that they were being recognised for being, 'the youngest band to have one of their recordings banned from radio play'.

The song was supposed to be played on ZZZ FM, along with other category winners of the Accelerator Music competition, which the group won last September.

However, the broadcast of the single never took place, with the boys being told that the song would not get airplay because of its lyrics.

One of the verses said:

'I don't mean to be mean, she's one fat machine, and when you see her walk, I swear her butt really talks.'

Since the ban, Robert Raguse, 13, and brothers Alex, 13, and Edward, 11, L'Estrange, of Emmanuel Anglican College, said they had been careful to not offend anyone in their new songs.

"We're filtering our new songs and taking out anything we think might offend a lot of people," Robert said.

Alex said: "We never thought we'd get a world record. It's going to be hard to top. The only problem is ? none of our friends at school believe us."

The boys said their intention was never to offend anyone with their song, I Like Fat Chicks, but admitted the lyrics could have been taken the wrong way.

So far, their biggest gig has been Alex and Edward's father's birthday bash at the Ballina Rugby League Club.

"We performed in front of about 150 people. It was great and when we played I Like Fat Chicks, everyone seemed to like it," Alex said.

The boys said they were keen to play more live gigs and planned to approach local venues.

"We played at our school social for pizza and Coke," Robert said.

"We love to play live and want people to get to know who we are ? we'll do anything to get known."

The band was busy rehearsing its new song, Try Hard Punk Band, yesterday at Alex and Edward's father's industrial shed in Ballina.

"It's a song about the band, we're basically having a go at ourselves, which we hope shouldn't offend anyone," Alex said.

The band has five songs it plans to record to disc as a 'demo' CD that can be sent to venues.

"We're always looking for places to play our music," Alex said.

"For us I think recording a CD is the next step to take."



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