Fat chance storms home
By MARY MANN
A CHEEKY song about 'fat chicks' has landed Ballina boy-band The Jaywalks in The Guinness Book of World Records.
The band is listed in this year's edition as the Youngest Group Ever Banned from Radio.
The Jaywalks made up of Emmanuel Anglican College students Rob Raguse on bass/vocals, Eddie L'Estrange on drums and Alex L'Estrange on lead guitar/vocals achieved local and international fame when their single, I Like Fat Chicks, was banned from Lismore radio station Triple Z FM in 2004.
The song was to be aired by the radio station in December, 2003 with other category winners in the Accelerator music competition.
But the song was never played and the boys were told the song's lyrics were to blame. At the time the song was banned, Rob was aged 12, Alex was 13 and Eddie was 11. The band was then known as Who's Ya Daddy.
"It was a real disappointment at the time, but it actually turned out better in the end," Alex said.
"How cool is it to be in the Guinness Book of Records? I didn't believe it at first." Rob said he did not think any younger bands would break the record.
They applied for the listing in 2004, with Rob's father, Mark, who thought the boys' ages when their song was banned must surely be a record.
The boys didn't find out they had made it into the record book until they picked up a copy this year.
They still play the controversial song as the last one in their set and say it was not written to be nasty.
"It's the big finale. It still stirs the crowd," Rob said. "People usually have a pretty good sense of humour though. We haven't had too much trouble with it."
The Jaywalks have won several local talent competitions, including the 2007 Banana Festival Battle of the Bands in Murwillumbah last Saturday night.
They will play again in Murwillumbah as part of the Banana Festival's Street Carnival tomorrow.