..and you Aussies know the rest. Someone asked me the other day about Aussies and swearing, and the Queensland government seems to have forgotten that it’s part of our national character, so here’s Adam Hills on Spicks and Specks a few months ago explaining a certain Oz tradition to one of you foreign types (the profanities are bleeped on this one).
The following videos are NSFW (Not Safe For playing at many Workplaces)
This whole traditional canto respondu to this particular Angels song sums up a lot about the Oz psyche, I reckon. We like our emphatic ejaculations peppering otherwise mundane sentences. What if Doc and the boys do a show in the Sunshine State? Is the whole crowd going to get fined? If not, then why will other people get fined for saying the same thing somewhere else?
The band was recorded (terribly quality on a phone) at the 2009 St Kilda Festival and you can hear the ritual very clearly. That’s what it’s really like, not the studio sanitised version above. I hope you can also appreciate that if the recording was on better equipment you’d be able to hear just how awesome they are as a live band.
I like this guy’s parody of it as a Farewell Anthem to John Howard after the 2007 election, too. Nice montage work.
Here’s Doc without the rest, but accompanied by the ever versatile RocKwiz orchestra, performing the ritual in the Gershwin room at the Esplanade Hotel in 2007.
For those feeling a little nostalgic, here are The Angels (apparently known overseas as Angel City) rocking it out in their 1976 prime (back when Doc was one of the rockers on my poster wall). This version IS SFW :