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"The Wiggles" is the debut album of The Wiggles, released in August 1991[1][2][Note 1] 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 University, Phillip Wilcher met musician and former member of the Australian rock group The Cockroaches, Anthony 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 1991[1][2][Note 1]
  • Australia (re-release): 1995 First EMI release
  • Australia (re-release) 1998 EMI release

Trivia

Goofs

Music Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Munro, Catharine (22 May 2005). "The Wiggly way". The Age. Melbourne.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'The Wiggles' audio cassette by The Wiggles 2021. Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

Note

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The release date previously given on this wiki was July 11, 1991, but this has been disputed. No source can be found providing the supposed July 11 date until it was added to this very website by a fan in 2011. We can now only assume this information was falsely created by that user. Unfortunately, it has since been used elsewhere. It was eventually given as the release date on Wikipedia as well (again with no citation), and even was used by the social media teams of The Wiggles and ABC Music themselves to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary (in recent years, they have used false release dates created by Wigglepedia users before; for example, Cold Spaghetti Western on streaming services is incorrect, and the real release date has since been found and corrected here). It was at this point that some fans pointed out the sources listed above which directly refer to an August release, as well as other sources and anecdotes that further indicate it was indeed August (the exact date remains unknown). We apologize for allowing misinformation to spread for so long, and it reaching such a high level.
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