Some of you may remember the Doug Anthony Allstars (1985 - 1994.) They did very well internationally. Made up of Paul McDermott (an angry, angry little man), Richard Fidler (the guitarist) and Tim Ferguson (later to be a super obnoxious gameshow host), they were a cheeky Australian musical comedy act that liked to push boundaries. The thing I love about them is that, like Tripod, they were actually super talented musically. The thing I don't love about them is that a lot of their humour is not my humour, because they ping my humiliation squick like crazy
. Below the cut are some of my favourites of theirs, including three beautiful arrangements of pre-existing songs.
This is my very favourite of their 'original' songs. I'm not sure what it says about my sense of humour.
Not a song --- Moral Dilemmas (This includes a Rick Astley reference long, long, long before Rickrolling.) This veers into making me feel all flaily because of how confrontational they get with the audience.
Skinhead Sooty :(
A tongue so grand you'll call me more than friend! This song disturbs me so, so much.
When I Get Famous. Richard! ♥
Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (I freaking love
this song, in its various incarnations. But this one is totally amazing.)
Throw Your Arms Around Me --- ♥ So great.
Heard It Through the Grapevine --- best ever version of this song, for serious.