Only months after the passing of Billy Thorpe, Australia has lost the other major cornerstone in its early hard rock scene; guitarist Lobby Loyde of the great Coloured Balls died Saturday in Melbourne after a long battle with lung cancer. We've already waxed plenty on the boogie guitar destruction that is the recent reissue of Ball Power, but once again you could do a lot worse that picking up that, his Heavy Metal Kid reissue, and the Lobby Loyde Plays With George Guitar discs. Starting off in 1963 with various combos including the Stilletos, Purple Hearts, Wild Cherries, and Thorpe's early Aztecs, Lobby took his amazing guitar playing through many phases from straightforward R&B through acid psych and spacerock soundtracks and schooled countless countrymen for years to come. "G.O.D.", aka "Guitar Overdose" (Real Audio) was recorded in a giant outdoor festival in Australia and perfectly sums up the live power at this man's disposal. And the epic "That's What Mama Said" (Real Audio) got some props in this hemisphere when Stephen Malkmus encored with it live. R.I.P. Lobby.