wiggles no more

my neighbours were away over the long weekend, and as a result, i got to inherit their saturday edition of the toronto globe and mail. so, what news reports do you think i read the most avidly?

it was not the coverage of charles and camilla’s visit to canada.

it was not hockey play-off final scores.

it was not even the scoop about madonna’s new perfume.

nope, what grabbed my attention was this article by marsha lederman:

why i love the wiggles (and will be sorry to see the original cast go).

first of all, i was gobsmacked because i had not heard the news that jeff, murray and greg are leaving the group.


then, my thoughts turned nostalgic.

ever since little e was a baby, i have brought down wiggles cd’s to toronto as part of my aunti visiting routine. for over five years, we have listened to every cd that the wiggles have ever made – numerous times. out of all of the children’s cd’s that we have tried, the wiggles are far and away my favourite. their tunes are catchy, their banter is energetic, and who does not enjoy hearing an australian accent? little e has been a loyal fan, too – many an hour we sat curled up on the couch, listening to music and looking at the cd covers. [sidenote: we’ve talked about the wiggles on the blog before, most noticeably here and here!]. in fact, little e’s very first sticker book featured the wiggles at the beach!

now, the globe and mail article does state that the wiggles are going to carry on – three new members will join the group. well, imho, if you replace 3/4 of a group…they might as well be a new band (esp when, as is the case here, one of the new cast members is female! do we call her a wigglette, then?!).

the original wiggles foursome is going to do a final farewell tour (cha-ching, why would you not?!) and will play TO this fall. then, it will be the end of the jeff/murray/greg/anthony wiggles era.

i guess i also feel a bit melancholy because little e is already over 5.5 years old, and it won’t be all that much longer until she outgrows the wiggles altogether. [as is to be expected, little e and cutie c have different personalities, and c has just never gotten into the wiggles – at least in my vicinity – quite like little e did. in fact, cutie c will be quite relieved that “wake up, jeff!” will be no more!].

to be optimistic, i am sure there are more fun musical discoveries that lie ahead as little e and cutie c get older. while it would be a real thrill to take the girls to the wiggles final appearance in TO, should that not prove to be possible, that is all right. cuz aunti will be more than ok with volunteering to take the girls to go see whoever is the next miley cyrus or justin bieber. in fact, i can’t wait!

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  • Stephanie  On May 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Awwww…it’s the end of an era. Between that and the disturbing picture of the guy from Blues Clues that somehow showed up in my email…well, it’s a sad time for cheesy children’s TV shows.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      stephanie, i agree that some of the children’s characters can be downright creepy! long live “polka dot door!”

  • Johanna B  On May 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I’ve never heard the wiggles but know how much you and the kids enjoyed them when you were with them. My daughter was hooked on the big purple dinosaur – Barney. I don’t even know if he’s still around TV land. Maybe I’ll find out when Ivan gets older.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

      ah yes – barney!! yup, still popular, i think, because i can get his cd’s at the library…and little e owns a barney’s birthday party cd. it will be fun for you to see what musical groups ivan enjoys as he gets older (and then his future little sibling, too!).

  • Lisa  On May 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Matthew is over the Wiggles now, but we definitely rocked out to some songs about Fruit Salad back in the day 🙂

    I’m always sad to see eras end…even if they’re kind of ending naturally anyway!

    I hope the new wiggles (and wigglette) are at least good!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

      oh yea, we love that fruit salad song!! the music video is one of my faves when we watch the wiggles on youtube! i wonder, too, how the new foursome will compare with the originals?? maybe they’ll put out a cd asap to get fans onboard, so we can see what they sound like?!

  • Anonymous  On May 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Don’t count the Wiggles out just because of age. My little guy (who is not so little at 8 now) still pulls out the Wiggles Christmas DVD first and we watch them Sing and Dance with Santa on the beach in Australia. The Wiggles will live forever. Just like Mr. Dressup, the Polka Dot Door, and Electric Company….

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 24, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I never remember listening to The Wiggles. I’ve heard of them, but they were in that limbo area whenwe didn’t have any small children around so I’m not really familiar with them. This is funny because I just came up with a musical theme for today. Interesting!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 24, 2012 at 8:06 am

      i totally understand re not being up on the wiggles fran, and that limbo period. i feel that way about “kids” who are 10-25 years old – i really have no clue what was popular for children in that era!! i’ll look forward to seeing YOUR musical idea today!

  • strivingcynic  On May 24, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Awww. I don’t know if my nephews listen to the Wiggles…but I get the “time flies” feeling too! I know they used to listen to the they might be giants CDs.
    I know I had read about some health problems amongst the wiggles band members (didn’t one just come back after time away? Maybe touring was too much for them!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 24, 2012 at 6:15 am

      yes, i bet you noticed a difference with your nephews when you saw them recently, zo! hmmm, i had not heard about a health issue…hope they rest up now because their final tour this fall will be a busy time!!

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