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On the eve of pop sensation Jessie J’s visit to Australia as part of the Future Music Festival, Christa Hughes and her band The Honky Tonk Shonks release a video of their unique take on the world-wide hit "Price Tag".
The music video is stylistically inspired by the original Jessie J version yet it takes its own distinct and boisterous course which seems inevitable considering it stars the irreverent Christa Hughes amongst a cast that includes a dancing nudist colony and a surprise cameo from newcomer rapper (legendary jazz pianist) Dick Hughes. It's sheer delight.
Seeing is believing. The video is available now and can be viewed HERE.
Christa Hughes’ first album for ABC Music, the ARIA nominated 21st Century Blues, was one of the most talked about Australian albums of 2010. Shonky picks up where 21st Century Blues left off - taking some of the biggest hits of the last few decades and reimagining them in a New Orleans ‘gutbucket’ style fused with Christa’s own innate sense of irreverent theatricality and sheer vocal power.
The album also features guest piano and vocals by the legendary Dick Hughes.
From classic rock and metal hits by AC/DC, Motorhead and Aerosmith to an amazing true torch version of the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, the album also tackles the modern pop song. Christa’s take on Jesse J’s mega-selling Price Tag, with Dick’s thundering 1920s-style rant on the evils of money (definitively trumping the superficial original by American rapper B.o.B.), is destined to become one of the great cover versions.
“No cow is too sacred, no blues too profane, that Christa Hughes will not take a tilt at it. She is an unstoppable force”
“It’s low-down, 24-carat, badass, barrelhouse, bluesy and inimitable Hughesy”
1. Ace Of Spades (Motorhead)
2. Back In Black (AC/DC)
3. Toxic (Britney Spears)
4. Price Tag (Jesse J)
5. Cheap Thrills (Christa Hughes)
6. Groove Is In The Heart (Dee-Lite)
7. Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
8. I Want You Back (Jackson 5)
9. St James Infirmary (Trad. Blues)
10. The Hardest Button To Button (White Stripes)
11. Pig Flu Blues (Christa Hughes)
12. Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand)
13. Mein Lust (Cabaret/Iggy Pop)
14. Herr For Life (Cabaret/Iggy Pop)
15. Price Tag - Reprise
16. Bulletproof (La Roux)
SHONKY – Christa Hughes & The Honky Tonk Shonks is out now: