Court­ney Bar­nett

HER MID­DLE NAME IS MELBA

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What mu­sic are you cur­rently groov­ing to? Bev­erly Glenn-Copeland, Kurt Vile’s Bot­tle It In, Lon­nie Hol­ley, Joan As Po­lice Woman, Laura Jean, Sampa The Great, Be­douine, Wax­a­hatchee, M.I.A., Cat Power’s Wan­derer, Low’s Dou­ble Neg­a­tive, Anna Calvi’s Hunter, Blood Or­ange’s Ne­gro Swan, the new Mar­i­anne Faith­full al­bum – or any Mar­i­anne Faith­full al­bum, they’re all great.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite al­bum? Nat­u­rally by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. I love other al­bums by Gil­lian Welch and Wilco, but this is an al­bum I can eas­ily lis­ten to from start to fin­ish at any given time.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Grease, the sound­track. I bought it from the shop­ping mall in Syd­ney. Be­sides Pulp Fic­tion it’s the movie I’ve watched more than any­thing else. And Rizzo is one of the coolest char­ac­ters ever, even though I didn’t think so when I first watched it.

Which mu­si­cian, other than your­self, have you ever wanted to be? Jimi Hen­drix. My brother made me a mix­tape when I was 10 [with] Jimi, Nir­vana and No Doubt on it. I rinsed it on re­peat – it was what made me start play­ing gui­tar. He’s the only other mu­si­cian I would be dy­ing to col­lab­o­rate with.

What do you sing in the shower? Row­land S Howard’s Shiv­ers. I heard Boys Next Door when I started lis­ten­ing to Nick Cave, and I dis­cov­ered Row­land wrote one of my favourite Birth­day Party songs, Shiv­ers.

What is your favourite Satur­day night record? Lau­ryn Hill, The Mise­d­u­ca­tion Of Lau­ryn Hill.

And your Sun­day morn­ing record? Ca­role King’s Ta­pes­try.

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