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Saturday 8 December 2012

The Wiggles Celebration Tour - plus The Wiggles through the ages

I adore The Wiggles.

Okay, my kids do. But what they have given to my twins and I is immeasurable.

You see - and I know this is sometimes a controversial thing to say, but I don't care - they have been an exceptional babysitter over the past few years. Not only 'babysat' but they've been extraordinary early childhood teachers to my toddlers and countless others all around the world.

And ALL of The Wiggles' songs are so darn catchy, dammit! Immediately, all of the quartets' songs infiltrate your brain and before you know it, you're humming them in the car. By yourself.

I mean, it's no surprise these guys come up with such catchy ditties... I do recall when one half of the group Anthony Field and Jeff Fatt were in the soft rock pub band 'The Cockroaches' in the 1980s - and I distinctly remember Anthony Field as a night-fill packer at my local Woolworths when I worked in the deli section. But he flew under the radar then - almost unrecognisable.

And then, Anthony, Murray Cook [who was a member of several bands], Jeff, and Greg Page - formed The Wiggles together, after Field and Page - who were uni students at Macquarie University studying to become pre-school teachers - needed to fulfill a uni project... which then led to the recording of their first album and tour in 1991.

Thanks to their collective backgrounds they cleverly combined music and child development theories in their videos, TV programs, and live shows. Since forming, other regular characters have been developed: Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, and Wags the Dog, plus a troupe called "The Wiggly Dancers", who have all toured with them and appeared in their CDs, DVDs, and television programs.

More than two decades later, The group has franchised their concepts to other countries, developed Wiggles sections in amusement parks in Australia and the US, and have won several recording industry awards - it's not an ARIA's without a win from The Wiggles!

The Wiggles were named Business Review Weekly's top-earning Australian entertainers four years in a row and earned A$45 million in 2009.

They have earned 17 gold, 12 platinum, three double-platinum, and ten multi-platinum awards for sales of over 17 million DVDs and four million CDs. By 2002, The Wiggles had become ABC TV's most successful pre-school television program.

And so, that is why, I am as eager as my kids to see The Wiggles tomorrow - tickets are still available at shows on Sunday December 8 at Allphone Arena at Sydney Olympic Park for The Wiggles 'Celebration Tour' and for shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Saturday December 22 and Sunday December 23.

For more on The Wiggles, click here.

And to buy tickets for the final Wiggles shows [10am and 1.30pm] at Allphones click here.

And to buy tickets for The Wiggles shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre [also at 10am and 1.30pm], click here.

Here is a clip the group has prepped for the final shows:

And here are some 'vintage' clips! Including 'Hot Potato':

And 'Fruit Salad':

And their latest offering called 'Surfer Jeff' - we have the DVD and sing the songs in the car, backed up by the 'Surfer Jeff' CD - is a real winner. Such a brill new slew of instantly catchy songs. Here's the title track:

What has The Wiggles meant to you and your family over the years?

[Josie's Juice blog gratefully acknowledges being a guest of The Wiggles Celebration Tour].

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