Gillespie, with her background in musical theater (she currently has The maid At home high-rotation), Parker was not at all familiar with cosmic magic. He says the band received a list of possible covers, including Rihanna, from ABC Music Manager Nick Webb. Umbrella, But Parker’s song hit a chord.
“As soon as we hear it Elephant, It seems a good fit. The lyrics were semi-wiglish; We also have some songs about elephants, ”he laughs.
Gillespie’s pitch-perfect expression has been singled out among the highlights of the cover, with Parker’s voice, not to mention his kitty solo. But he initially underestimated the deceptive complexity of the song.
“It simply came to our notice then. But then we actually went to rehearse it, and the word choice and the timing of it – we somehow blew up, he’s an incredible musician, ”he says of Parker.
“It simply came to our notice then. With some times I think we’ve calculated, like, 11, so we knew when to come to that bay reef. It was a great exercise because most of our songs are very simple, in just 4/4 time. Since then, I’ve heard a lot [Tame Impala’s] There’s music, and some great songs. “
Field says that the early repetition of the cover was so respectful of the source material that it led the web to sneer, “Sounds like a cover band. What is Wiggly about it? The solution? Bring something Fruit salad (Fun fun).
The final, manic version – the hug of Lachi in Parker’s Lennon-East Delivery, Simon’s Rising Baritone, and Emma’s trade time-signature behind Kit – has a warm cross-generational attraction, with musicians praising other musicians (for Parker). , Also responded to The Wiggles’ efforts.)
“We played it for my daughters and they gave it thumbs up, which is not always given,” said Jokes Field. “I was, okay, that’s good – we’re celebrating a great piece of Australian writing with another great piece of Australian writing, if I may say so myself!”
Bryce Mills, host of Triple J’s Breakfast Show Like a version, Said the idea of launching Wiggles was first suggested by an audience.
“Honestly I didn’t think it would happen, but when it did, I spent the whole day with a huge smile on my face,” he says.
“It’s a really weird but really enjoyable feeling to see people who define your childhood standing in front of you and playing the songs of an artist who helped define your early adulthood. People all over the world felt the same way … no more than three generations can win the cover at once. “
Given the novelty value of the track, its viral victory was more or less certain. But it was so successful that the title even persuaded an upcoming album Rewiggled, The Wiggles Covers contemporary band classics, such as The Chats’ Pub feed, And vice versa.
“The Triple J audience grew up with The Wiggles, they grew up Fruit salad“The field says.” I was talking to the Lime Cordial boys recently, and they were telling me how they heard The Wiggles when they were kids. So I started listening to their songs, too.
In addition to the inconsistencies of the next generation, the mere existence of The Wiggles Elephant Perhaps it doesn’t seem outlier.
Any parent who has endured the repetition of The Wiggles’ discography should be aware of the band’s affinity for pop’s classic building blocks – such as deep cuts. Today And Wonder of Wiggle Town Which, like Parker’s own work, is inherently indebted to The Beatles and The Beach Boys – and the broader spirit of their musical discovery, from Price’s fascination with Saint-Sense to Field’s insistence on getting his bagpipes out.
“When I was in university, I became a childhood teacher. Our music teacher, Rosemary Harley, told us that children would get a radio station or a style of music that their parents would listen to. So when Wiggles started it was always, well, maybe we can give music to the whole world, “Field explains.
“Children are very open to all kinds of music, so we will do some classical, some rock. And then highland music and folk music – I mean, I don’t know where the kids would hear that if we didn’t play a little. I think we have a responsibility to play all kinds of music for the kids, because they can get pop radio anytime. “
Gillespie, meanwhile, is leaning towards the band’s Hottest 100 hopes, if not for his own entertainment, to honor the original originals of The Wiggles – Greg and Murray and Jeff and Anthony – following the group’s 30th anniversary last year.
“It’s a wonderful thing for them,” he said, “and it’s going to be really special because it came from nowhere. That would be great. “
Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown Broadcast January 22.