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30 March 2014 @ 08:23 pm
Travelling back in time.  
The Doug Anthony Allstars - loud, irreverent and cheeky, they burst onto the Australian comedy scene in the late 80s where they were regulars on The Big Gig. Their act combined slapstick with political satire, merrily stabbing to death any sacred cows they found and they'd finish their act with a song of their own composition - like Commies for Christ or the really-not-politically-correct I Wanna Spill The Blood of a Hippy which still makes me laugh.

And then one night, they stood up there and gave us this:

Simply beautiful.

The Big Gig was hosted on the ABC, which is the national broadcaster here and consequently they can get away with a lot more than the commercial channels, who have to answer to sponsors. It's always been a bit left-wing (and our current conservative government is talking about clipping their wings!) but it has never been afraid to criticise the government of the day.

The Big Gig really stretched the envelope at the time of its airing; I can recall being amazed by some of the stuff they got away with.

One of my favourite characters was Pate Biscuit, who read fairy tales with the help of her stuffed toy Bongo. Pate was played by a man, Glyn Nicholas, who used to present a children's morning tv show (Here's Humphrey, for any Aussies who may be reading) and I would watch Humphrey just for him; he added an extra level of meaning to everything he did. On The Big Gig, however, he didn't have to hold back.

Pretty tame nowadays, all of this, but back then it was a big deal.
Current Mood: crazycrazy
byslantedlight: MagicWorld-LivingstoneDaisies (magicfly-byslantedlight on March 30th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
Oh that is rather beautiful, isn't it! I don't know DAA at all - after my time in Aus - but they certainly sing gorgeously!

I always suspect that the ABC (and BBC) aren't half as left-wing as they're accused of being, it's just that right wing governments take much less kindly to criticism than left wing governments, and so anything they do say is worked up to be a bigger deal.... I've noticed that talk about "clipping the left-wings" of the BBC over here always seems to crop up under a Tory government. Not censorship at all... *headdesk*

ETA - I'm in love with your icon, btw... *g*

Edited at 2014-03-30 10:35 am (UTC)
miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 30th, 2014 11:23 am (UTC)
See, that's the thing - from their regular stuff you'd never know they could sing gorgeously. It was so unexpected, and beautiful!

The ABC has been giving the Libs a pounding lately, but when Labor was in power they received the same treatment - the ABC is an equal-opportunity government basher.

Heh, icon seemed appropriate for the post. It's snaggable with credit to jackshoegazer
byslantedlight: Cockahoop (Probodie)byslantedlight on March 30th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ooh, if you don't mind then, I may well snag it - it's so gorgeously magic (in so many rainbow-coloured ways... *g*)
miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 30th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
Go right ahead! And any technology, sufficiently more advanced than our own, will appear as magic :-)
sunray45: Australia opalsunray45 on March 30th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
I use to love that show! All those very talented comedians and their female counterparts (comediennes?). It was a 'must not miss' show and just think of all the spinoffs, Kath & Kim for one.

The DAAS were really special, and Paul McDermott went on to doing more for the ABC. He has such a beautiful voice. Can vaguely remember a lot of the skits.

Thanks for taking me back down memory lane.

Just hope LJ doesn't swallow this again.
miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 30th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
It was brilliant, must-not-miss Monday night (?) viewing. I went on to watch season after season of Good News Week, just for Paul McDermott. And there's a dvd out of the DAAS - are you interested in a copy?

Don't know what happened with LJ; your comment is only here once but I received two notifications. *shrug*
sunray45: Angelfishsunray45 on March 31st, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
are you interested in a copy? Oooh! Yes please. Yes I always watched Good News Week too. One thing I don't remember is that little plait thing Paul is wearing in DAAS.

LJ sort of stalled when posting my first reply, just sat there doing nothing, so I did another reply, only to find that the first one had gone through after all! So I deleted it.

Stupid computers or LJ.
miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 31st, 2014 11:38 am (UTC)
Copying as I type... it's a copy of a copy and I don't have the cover notes, unfortunately, so you'll just have to pretend you get them. *g* Only thing is I have no stamps and am not sure when I'll make it to the PO - I'll try to get there this week, will let you know when I post it.♥
moonlightmead on March 30th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
Whoa. That genuinely sent chills down my spine. Amazing. Thanks for that - and for the context. I do get confused with Australian politics and institutions, so that was handy.

On another level, also really enjoying Pate Biscuit - what a fantastic range of voices and mannerisms. Think I shall go and watch some more later!
miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 30th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
Weren't they just amazing, such beautiful voices, and especially if you'd seen their usual stuff - that came out of the blue, totally unrelated to the evening's skit, and just blew me away. Obviously made an impression if I still recalled it 25 years later (omg was it really that long ago? Really?)
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on March 30th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)

I've seen them before and thought they were hilarious but only through LJ postings by Australian friends. Ah LJ, how it broadens our experiences. *g*

Your first link appears to be to a Facebook account.

miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 30th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up re link; that will teach me to pay attention when multi-tasking. I've fixed it now.
DAAS were, for their time, quite fresh and rather shocking.
Trepkostrepkos on March 30th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Wow - that was heart-rending.
miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 31st, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
It's simply beautiful, the way they harmonise.
entropy_houseentropy_house on March 31st, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I loved the singing-that was amazing.
miwahni: Dr Who nyantardismiwahni on March 31st, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
Just beautiful. Paul in particular has a fantastic voice.