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"The Wiggles" is the debut album of The Wiggles, released on August 11, 1991 by ABC Music. This is the only appearance of Phillip, who left the group shortly after the album's release.

This album is dedicated to Paul Field's daughter, Bernadette.

History

Background and development

In 1991, while working with the early childhood music department at Macquarie UniversityPhillip Wilcher met musician and former member of the Australian rock group The CockroachesAnthony Field, who was studying child development. According to Wilcher, Field asked him to join The Wiggles, which would become "Australia's foremost children's entertainment act", and to help them produce the album. The album was dedicated to the memory of Paul Field's infant daughter, Bernadette, who had died of SIDS in 1988. Wilcher financed and "contributed the most musically to the debut album", composing 75% of the music. Like a university assignment, they produced a folder of essays that explained the educational value of each song on the album. They needed a keyboardist "to bolster the rock-n-roll feel of the project", so Field asked his old band mate Fatt, for his assistance in what they thought would be a temporary project. Recording sessions were held at Wilcher's home, and the album cost approximately A$4,000 to produce. The group reworked a few Cockroaches tunes to better fit the genre of children's music; for example, according to Field, a Cockroaches song he wrote, "Mr. Wiggles Back in Town" became "Get Ready To Wiggle" and inspired the band's name because they thought that wiggling described the way children dance. There was also a piece by Phillip Wilcher, "Summer Dance", that appeared on the album, as "Archie's Theme".

Tracklist

  1. Get Ready To Wiggle - 1:54
  2. Rock-a-Bye Your Bear - 1:48
  3. Dorothy The Dinosaur - 2:21
  4. Mischief the Monkey - 0:42
  5. Lavenders Blue - 1:29
  6. Glub Glub Train - 0:16
  7. Archie's Theme - 0:19
  8. Montezuma - 0:29
  9. Archie's Theme (Reprise) - 0:19
  10. Ducky Ducky - 0:13
  11. A Froggy He Would A-Wooing Go - 3:36
  12. Maranoa Lullaby - 2:02
  13. Stars - 0:07
  14. Star Lullaby - 2:02
  15. Okki Tokki Unga - 1:53
  16. O Epoe Tooki Tooki - 1:34
  17. Vini Vini - 0:53
  18. Spot the Dalmatian - 2:22
  19. Johnny Works With One Hammer - 0:45
  20. The Man In The Moon - 0:18
  21. This Old Man - 2:31
  22. Suo Gan - 1:43
  23. Wind - 0:14
  24. Joseph John's Lullaby - 1:14
  25. Desert Dreaming - 1:49
  26. Get Ready To Wiggle (Reprise) - 1:54

Personnel

The Wiggles are...
Phillip Wilcher Piano, vocals
Murray Cook Guitar, bass guitar, vocals and water bubble sounds
Gregory Page Lead vocals, guitar, hand claps
Jeff Fatt Accordian, Emax, sequencing, "mischief's" voice 
Anthony Field Tin whistle, didgeridoo, vocals, chief Kabasa player
Produced by Anthony Field
Engineered by Steve Pomfrett
Recorded in February 1991 at Tracking Station Recording Studios, Sydney.

Release Dates

  • Australia (original): August 11, 1991
  • Australia (re-release): 1998

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