Monday, 3 August 2009

...can you hear the plunder?

Have you heard this story, the one that Men at Work ripped off Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree when they wrote Downunder?

Now I'm no musical virtuoso, but those songs don't sound a bleedin' thing like each other. One is an early 80's pop/reggae smash from an obscure band from St.Kilda and now favourite of drunken, embarassing fellow Australian backpackers world-wide. The other is a campfire round written by Girl Guides (I mean no disrespect to the International Girl Guide Association, in fact I have a ton of respect. Keep baking little sisters!!*)

Apparently it has something to do with the flute bit, but I still can't hear it. I didn't even know that Kookaburra has a bloody flute in it. I also forgot how funny that Men at Work filmclip is.




Because the best way of finding out the ultimate truth about everything is handing it over to a bunch of bloggers, what say you, o' learned ones.


*I also realise that the Girl Guides Association does not continue to propagate the stereotypical role of women and girls acting primarily in the role of unpaid domestic worker. Nowadays, according their their webpage, they fight AIDS and save the enviromnment, along with making a mean chocolate crackle. Most girls join the Scouts anyway. Baden Powell would be rolling in his grave.



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6 Comments:

At 3 August 2009 at 12:05 , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Nothing at all alike. Clearly some people have arseholes were their ears should be.

 
At 3 August 2009 at 17:44 , Blogger the projectivist said...

well!
just goes to show how much i know.
i wasn't even aware they allowed girls to join the scouts!

 
At 3 August 2009 at 18:03 , Blogger Lorna Lilo said...

If you play the Kookaburra song backwards it sounds a bit like Black Sabbath's Paranoid. And if you listen carefully to Men at Work's DownUnder you can definately hear a faint dib, dib, dob dob in there too!!!

 
At 3 August 2009 at 18:29 , Blogger The Man at the Pub said...

Well said Kath.

Proj, I believe they can. They can do all the 'boy' stuff now. I know a few slightly older girls who lament the fact the were never allowed to roll around in the mud and did macrame while the boys rode flying foxes.

LL-I can't think of anything to say right now other than you are fucking hilarious. Are you Judith Lucy or something?

 
At 3 August 2009 at 19:01 , Blogger Baino said...

Yeh total bollix . . Land Downunder is an Anthem whether we like it or not. Right up there with Sherbert's 'Howzat' (Gawd we can make the world notice with our crappy pop songs!)

Kookaburra is a round for little children who have trouble remembering lots of lyrics . . .

Now as for the new Kellie (I can makez yer earz bleedz) Clarkson and Halo by Beyonce (I haven't got a decent pair of trousers) Knowles . . very sus!

 
At 3 August 2009 at 19:03 , Blogger Lad Litter said...

Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree in the flute part was immediately apparent to me when I first heard the song in 1980. I thought it was there to give the song a distinctive aussie resonance and it's worked.

 

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