February 8, 2012


My flatmates didn't know who The Wiggles were until they moved in with me. Being an early childhood teacher I decided this would not do and so tried to introduce them to The Wiggles by singing Hot Potato one night when I was over tired and hyped up on caffine. Surprisingly this did not pursuade them The Wiggles was something they were missing out on :).

What I should have done is play them ReWiggled.

I believe that children should be exposed to a range of musical styles, not just the hoppy-boppy kiddie pop that is excruciatingly popular. However it can be difficult to find ‘non-kid’/popular music that has lyrics that are appropriate (Not just swearing, I’ve mentioned before about having issues with young children singing about romantic love). I feel The Wiggles do this better than most kids bands, writing songs from a range of different cultural backgrounds and also different styles of music.
When I heard that several Australian artist had done covers of Wiggles songs to celebrate The Wiggles 20th anniversary I was intrigued. I listened to a few of the songs before I bought the album, because covers can go badly and I had doubts about people treating it as a joke album rather than an actual music album.

Instead I was pleasantly surprised. While some songs I think are alot better in their original form (i.e. when The Wiggles sing them), many take on new and exciting lives when done by different artists. Sarah Blasko’s reworking of ‘I love it when it rains’ is a beautiful lullaby. Hot Potato (by The Living End) and Shaky Shaky (Sons Of Rico) are two of my favourites.

When I play this CD for kids I get different reactions, but mostly they love it. Sometimes they look confused, as if you say “I know this song, but something’s not right”, some little boys love to rock out and play air guitar, while others will happily dance along to all of them.


An interesting side note, one of my flat mates happened to meet Anthony from The Wiggles but didn't recognise him. Once Anthony told him what he did Colin asked if they could take a photo to send to me becasue his "flatmate loves you guys" (I hope he told Anthony I was an Early Childhood teacher not just some random 20 year old who listened to kids music all day! :) ). When Colin sent me the message I screamed and did a happy dance, cos, you know, I am an early childhood teacher ;).


Anonymous said...

Hi Erin

Thought you might be interested in the first item on Episode 209 of the Boundless podcast, Focus on the Family's podcast for young adults (18-39ish), which is all about being an MK and the impact it has on your life. It features a group of young adults who were an MK when growing up discussing their experience.

You can find out more about it at:

You can listen to it via itunes or another podcast broadcaster.

I really enjoy and benefit from your blog posts and appreciate you writing them.

All the best with your new studies, which sound super, and part-time job.

One of your UK readers.


Erin said...

Hi Linda
Thanks for thinking of me! I check out Boundless from time to time and so just downloaded the episode you mentioned, will be interested to hear what they say :).
Interestingly one of the subjects I am taking this semester looks at serving in another culture and the impact it has on families/children/spirituality. - so it's something even more on my mind at the moment!

jenny @ let the children play said...

I've never heard of rewiggled :)

Erin said...

Jenny, look it up - it's lots of fun!