The unique intent driving the @OzKitsch Twitter account was to have a chortle at cringey factors of Australian lifestyle, like concrete koala letterboxes and Ned Kelly bottle openers. There is definitely no shortage of materials.
But its function has developed about time. Alternatively of just wincing at the olden days or wallowing in nostalgia, it seeks to look at facets of every day everyday living that we have feel to have neglected, both by accident or design: every thing from regional attractiveness contests, monuments that were being never designed, and substantial school war cries, to Menzies’ fleeting admiration for Hitler, quack cures for the Spanish flu, and the musical stylings of Alan Jones.
It also appears to be at the way the globe sees us and asks penetrating queries like: when did they quit playing the countrywide anthem at the videos? How terribly did “Smellbourne” pong in the 1880s? Where do the Blakeney twins sit in the pantheon of Australian well known audio? And is Canberra genuinely important? (Answer: no).
In its a bit cock-eyed way, it attracts on the earlier to illuminate the present. Not so considerably celebrating our island tale as regurgitating it with flecks of carrot and spittle.
1. The appreciate tunes of Alan Jones
Just about every January, OzKitsch curates The Coldest 100 musical countdown, a tin-eared antidote to the Triple J’s Best 100. Musical expertise is not a prerequisite and yet its attractiveness grows with each individual passing 12 months. At one issue this yr it was the No 1 trending subject matter on Twitter. Have persons no style? Evidently.
Here’s a current chart topper.
2. This Fb account devoted to weak masonry in Melbourne
There applied to be an ad campaign exhorting Australians to attempt for excellence, warning them that “near ample is not superior enough”. Patently the brickies of Melbourne didn’t get the memo.
3. Bernard King Crayfish Park ad
There’s a thesis to be penned about overlooked vacationer sights and why they fell out of favour. Crayfish Park on the Gold Coast was the crustacean equal of Bullen’s African Lion Safari except that you could consume the exhibits.
4. Norman Swan conspiracy concept
Keep in mind the conspiracy idea that claimed Victoria’s CMO Brett Sutton was not a genuine doctor? Comedy author James Colley received there to start with. Apart from his observation was and remains correct.
5. Johnny the Monkey Farm Hand
The farm labour scarcity is hitting hard. The ABC’s Weekend Journal has the remedy: make use of a lot more monkeys.
The patron saint of OzKitsch. The moment on a time every single metropolis, town and sector of the economic climate had its own natural beauty contest. The very first peanut competition Queen, Moya Hayden, pictured in this article atop the peanutmobile, was the mom of the cricketer Matthew Hayden. Honourable point out goes to Miss Trade Union, the Myrtleford Tobacco Queen, and the Ampol VFL Football Female of the 7 days.
7. Wangaratta is alive and carrying out nicely
General public assistance announcement reminding viewers that north-jap Victoria is not dead but. Nick Cave at the time remarked that the “horrible misery” of Wangaratta impressed his artistic eyesight. This ad might have tipped him over the edge.
8. Russell Told Me So
In the 1980s, Channel 9 commissioned a jingle, “Brian Told Me So”, to endorse its newsreaders in Sydney and Melbourne. Just as nicely they were being both equally named Brian. Perth, of class, had to be diverse. Examine out the early 80s models and newsreader Russell Goodrick’s magnificently tonsured helmet head.
9. Sherbet’s Howzat sung in German
Australian audio has produced a huge splash on the earth phase but generally in techniques you would not count on, from the Russian language variation of Shaddap You Deal with to a handful of renditions of Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport in Japanese. But no just one can murder a pop music like the Germans.
10. When the Ghost Who Walks achieved the Emperor of Lang Park
Andrew Sholl is curator of @OzKitsch on Twitter