Q&A with Christa Hughes
FRESH from their debut collaborative album, former Machine Gun Fellatio singer Christa Hughes and her father Dick have taken their 21st Century Blues show across the country.
Callum Knox catches up with Christa ahead of her Lismore appearance.
Most children are eager to escape their parents, but you’re performing with your father…
Dad is the first person I ever performed with.
When I started to learn to play guitar I got stuck into dad’s record collection and realised I adored a lot of the music that I had grown up with and had not really appreciated.
What music was in your dad’s record collection?
Old jazz and blues songs. While my school friends were getting into Duran Duran, I was obsessed with Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.
What does your dad think about your provocative costumes?
We don’t discuss wardrobe much beyond what tie should dad wear...
Why are the blues so close to your heart?
You can say so much with what is essentially a simple structure. You can have upbeat blues, miserable blues, vampy blues, reefer blues, he’s gone ‘n’ left me blues.
They can be smooth, slick and sophisticated or raw and dirty. Blues are very sensual and allow you to emote as little or as much as you want.
What is it that you like about cabaret?
The fishnet stockings, false eye lashes, razzamatazz, cheek and delivery.
What is your proudest gig moment?
Squirting tomato sauce all over the stage and the front row of the audience when Machine Gun Fellatio opened for Kiss.
Any plans for a follow-up to your 21st Century Blues album?
I recently recorded an album with my new band the Honky Tonk Shonks.
Dad features as a special guest star on a few tracks. We hope to release it in October. Look out for it – it’s good fun.
Dick and Christa Hughes play at Lismore City Hall on August 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets $37/$30/$16.50 from NORPA.