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Sticky Fingers Stick It To The Man

Anyone who’s tried to go out in Sydney recently would’ve seen why Sticky Fingers’ cover of The Specials’ Ghost Town is a very timely protest against the current lockout laws.

Paddy Cornwall, Sticky Fingers bassist, told triple J the band saw a similarity between the original song – which commented on the urban decay of London during the Thatcher-era – and the current direction Sydney is heading in.

“A few months ago, me and the lads were listening to The Specials version of the song and then we all just started laughing because the lyrics are so poignant to how Sydney is feeling right now,” he said. “‘This town is turning into a ghost town/all the clubs are closing down’. Lockout laws and the general attitude towards culture and live music in this city, and I guess all of Australia.”

Cornwall commented on the fact that drinking in Australia is a cultural issue, not just the responsibility of clubs and pubs. “I guess it’s an educational thing and it’s an awareness thing and that’s going to take time, things like that don’t just change overnight. You can’t just shut down a city and expect everyone’s going to go home to bed and that nothing bad is ever going to happen again – it doesn’t really work like that… It’s going to be up to new mums and dads to try and teach their kids how to drink [responsibly].”

Take a listen to the cover below:

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