And now for something completely different: Kylie Minogue & The Wiggles

March 29, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More

Are you fed up with the world?  If so, see if this video helps to dissolve your frustration.   It features Kylie Minogue & The Wiggles in what clearly seems to be a dangerous earworm.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    I should add a note about the Wiggles. They are an act geared to very young children (less than 8, I would think). Just look at the amount of production that went into this little song, and consider whether this is a good thing that we think (this barb is aimed at MANY producers of "children's" shows) children need this level of production.

    Compare this song and dance to the types of shows we used to consider perfectly fine for children: Captain Kangaroo and Romper Room, even Sesame Street. Or consider the suggestion by the late George Carlin, that the perfect activity for children is to tell them to "go play with a stick in the dirt."

    I also find it odd that a an act needs to bring in a sexy superstar to entertain the "children." I suspect that the sexy star brings in the parents, who drag in the children. On second thought, the Wiggle's well polished brand of dancing and singing of earworms has a strong mesmerizing effect on many children. I saw it first hand when my kiddos were tiny. We had bought a videotape at the high recommendation of a relative and my kids became spellbound when they watched it. It was a powerful potion.

  2. Hank says:

    They must be doing something right – The Wiggles are Australia's biggest-earning entertainers! They out-earned dear Kylie last year and she's been our biggest pop-star since 1986. A sort of Aussie Mini-Madonna. But not so scary.

    Mrs Hank is a professional nanny and often looks after a few under-5s. She reports that they're all – without exception – utterly spellbound by Wiggles DVDs. The colour, dancing, characters and catchy music are pure gold to a little kid. Not surprising – the founding Wiggles are from an 80s Aussie pop group called The Cockroaches, who were pretty successful down here for a while. These blokes definitely know how to write to grab peoples' attention.

    • Tony Coyle says:

      my 4 year old daughter isn't yet a fan of the wiggles – but they aren't on 'noggin' (other than dvd's that's about the only channel we she sees) – I think she's only seen them a couple of times (on vacation, probably).

      From what I've seen they do appear to fulfill all the requirements for childrens' entertainment: silly, nonsensical, grown-ups acting as children, silly costumes, silly songs, silly props.

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