Posts by Joe Wylie

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  • Speaker: About That Telescope,

    Who are these people?

    Does it matter? They can get as ripped as chooks and attempt all manner of hijinks, all the while protesting their admiaration/contempt/whatever for one another's professional standards, but they'll never be Alan Bollard.

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  • Speaker: About That Telescope,

    Although, to be fair, I'm the one who's dissecting the parentage of the guy who came up with the word for telescope 400 hundred years ago, so...

    Well, that's a fecking sight more interesting than the exercise in arrested development that gave rise to it. But then, if you happen to be inside the magic circle of media pixie-dust, it's probably all rather riveting.

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    Christ. This is the most depressing thread-page in the history of PAS. :)


    Take it away Mr. Diamond.

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    No offence, but how much Wiggles have you watched? For one thing, there's four of them. Plus, the major strength of the Wiggles is that they don't imitate children - they are clearly depicting adults, who occasionally interact with children.

    You got me on the numbers - if only I'd taken the time to remember the colours. As it happens, I've been subjected to enough Wiggles to find them annoyingly smarmy - though, as you note, less so than their many imitators.

    What bugs me is the way their franchise is protected against even well-meant parody, such as the group of volunteer firefighters at Ararat in Victoria a few years back, who let it be known that they were preparing a "Giggles" skit as part of a fundraiser for bushfire victims. The Wiggles' lawyers served them with a cease and desist order, along with a demand to surrender their costumes. Intimidated by such formidable legal clout they quickly complied. I find that downright creepy.

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    Neil Diamond, right? I'm all alone in thinking he wrote some good songs? 'I'm a Believer'! That's a good song!

    Cracklin' Rosie
    Cherry Cherry (She got the way to move me)
    Daydream Believer

    I believe I could go on, but Ghod there were some real turkeys. And you can have Hot August Night. I mean, feck, have you seen the cover? He appears to be miming auto-eroticism on stage, and it's, like, about four feet long. That "knowing cheesiness" has hopefully improved with the years.

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    I'm guessing someone had been told to include popular songs and so be relevant to the kids but hadn't really thought the whole thing through.

    Ah, state-sanctioned pedagogical grooviness - the long road to the final hegemony of The Wiggles. BTW, am I the only one that finds it a little weird that, in a world prone to moral panics about child molestation, three rather creepy child-imitators are Australia's all-time top-grossing act?

    The long term effect was to leave me with a lasting hatred for Neil Diamond.

    So there was a certain soundness underlying the method. Though perhaps they slightly overdid it - a detached disdain for Mr. Diamond (& all his works & pomps) would have been sufficient.

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  • Michael Jackson: A Life?,

    How enigmatically wistful (yet sinister) half-smiles? My Nana had one that screamed "I know a secret, and you don't want to find out".

    Saw "something nasty in the woodshed" when she were a girl?

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    And the whimsy. Don't forget the whimsy.

    I did have prog-rock in mind. That and the persistent pustule whose posts have now been mercifully zit-squeezed. But yes, a dash of whimsey would have improved, say, Emerson Lake & Palmer's Fanfare for the Common Man.

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  • Michael Jackson: A Life?,

    I believe that Giovanni made both of them up.t

    I'm impressed. Boring ol' Tito's a bit one-dimensional though.

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    Hang on: are we in the prog thread now?

    Overweening pretension + minimal talent? Sounds progressive.

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