60 Seconds With… The Stu Thomas Paradox

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60 Seconds With… The Stu Thomas Paradox


Define your genre in five words or less: Voodoo surf countrypolitan mash.

Why should everyone come and see your band? Well, this is a one-off concert event where we’ll be focussing solely on the music of the late, great Lee Hazlewood. Usually, we play our own music in a voodoo-surf vein, with very few covers, but we have worked long and hard to make sure Lee’s songs are sounding amazing. It’s called respect. It’ll be a great show, what with great music and the audio-visuals surprises that we have planned.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? I would’ve liked to have met Lee Hazlewood in 1967, when he was king of the pop world. He would’ve released my records and produced them as well. He might’ve sung a couple of my songs too. We would rule the charts, then retire to Sweden on a permanent junket. Unfortunately, I was born that year, so that didn’t happen…in this dimension. Burt Bacharach would’ve got me too. Miles Davis would’ve told me to fuck right off, though.

What can a punter expect from your live show? For this show called The Stu Thomas Paradox presents The Songs of Lee Hazlewood, we’re doing two sets of magnificent songs by the musical maverick and enigmatic cult hero that is Lee Hazlewood. Arranged for a small electric band. We’ll be playing a mix of his well-known pop stuff as well as some of the more obscuro tracks.

How long have you been gigging and writing? I’ve been gigging almost 25 years. My first gig was at a church fete in a trio called Feedback. I was playing a fretless bass. A familiar story, right? My First Band 101….Anyway, writing started before then, believe it or not. I used to overdub bedroom mini-epics on a double-cassette ghetto blaster, until the sound was all hissy and over-saturated. I’m not sure people appreciate that primitiveness these days.

When’s the gig and with who? The show is on Saturday March 22 at the Flying Saucer Club. We play the whole show with an intermission included. The Stu Thomas Paradox this night will be me, Clare Moore (The Moodists), Eduardo Miller (Love Brothers) and Phil Collings (The Surrealists). All fantastic players, playing amazing music.