Tuesday, September 29, 2015

W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Pauline Pantsdown: I Don't Like It (1998)


Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song / album at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
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Born in Brisbane, Australia on the 27th May 1954, Pauline Hanson became the face of "Racists" in Australia with her maiden Parliamentary speech on the 10 September 1996. Originally running a fish 'n' chip shop she became the independent member for Oxley, Queensland and held the seat until the next election in 1998. She started the "One Nation" which for a time had some support from a small minority of xenophobic Australians, especially in Queensland.

During her time as a politician she was also famous for the 60 Minutes interview with Tracey Curro who asked "Are you Xenophobic" to which she replied "Please Explain?" in a nasally voice. In the same interview she was asked her opinion on the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, to which she replied "I don't like it, because it’s promoting something that's not natural". The catch phrases "Please explain?" and "I don't like it" went on to become her trade marks and were used in television commercials and parodies (just like this month's W.O.C.K on Vinyl posting)

After the downfall of One Nation, her political career and a stint in jail she shot back onto our TV screens on Dancing with the Stars. A makeover and some dancing lessons didn't help her to a win but then again, she wasn't the first voted off. Rumors have it that Todd McKenney was heard back stage ranting "I Don't Like It" during rehearsals [extract from wikipedia]
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In 1997, Simon Hunt (a lecturer in sound and film at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney) as Pauline Pantsdown released a song called "Backdoor Man", which had received a cult following and been played on Triple J, the youth network of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Hanson won an injunction to stop the ABC playing it, and in response to that, Hunt recorded another single titled "I Don't Like It".
The song features unauthorised vocals from Pauline Hanson, the former independent MP and later founder of One Nation, sampled from interviews and media clips. It peaked at number 10 on the Australian ARIA Charts and was ranked number 58 in the 1998 Triple J Hottest 100 countdown.
On 3 October 1998, Hunt, dressed as Pauline Pantsdown, campaigned on the streets of Sydney in an attempt to entice voters away from Pauline Hanson and the One Nation Party in the 1998 Australian federal election. On 7 March 2013 Hanson announced that she would stand in the 2013 federal election and Pantsdown reappeared with "I Don't Like It".
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For your pleasure I have posted the funny and somewhat catchy parody "I Don't Like It" for this month's W.O.C.K posting.
Please Explain?
Well - it's Wacky and Korny to start with and "I Just Like It".  LOL
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I Don't Like It Link (MP3/320kps)
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