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"The Wiggles" is the debut album of The Wiggles, released on August 11, 1991 by ABC Music. This is the only appearance of Phillip, who left the group shortly after the album's release.

It is dedicated to Paul Field's daughter, Bernadette. The Wiggles was the first album.

History

Background and development

In 1991, while working with the early childhood music department at Macquarie UniversityPhillip Wilcher met musician and former member of the Australian rock group The CockroachesAnthony Field, who was studying child development. According to Wilcher, Field asked him to join The Wiggles, which would become "Australia's foremost children's entertainment act", and to help them produce the album. The album was dedicated to the memory of Paul Field's infant daughter, Bernadette, who had died of SIDS in 1988. Wilcher financed and "contributed the most musically to the debut album", composing 75% of the music. Like a university assignment, they produced a folder of essays that explained the educational value of each song on the album. They needed a keyboardist "to bolster the rock-n-roll feel of the project", so Field asked his old band mate Fatt, for his assistance in what they thought would be a temporary project. Recording sessions were held at Wilcher's home, and the album cost approximately A$4,000 to produce. The group reworked a few Cockroaches tunes to better fit the genre of children's music; for example, according to Field, a Cockroaches song he wrote, "Mr. Wiggles Back in Town" became "Get Ready To Wiggle" and inspired the band's name because they thought that wiggling described the way children dance. There was also a piece by Phillip Wilcher, "Summer Dance", that appeared on the album, as "Archie's Theme".

Tracklist

  1. Get Ready To Wiggle (J Field/M Cook/J Fatt/G Page) 1:54
  2. Rock-a-Bye Your Bear (G Page/A Field) 1:48
  3. Dorothy The Dinosaur (M Cook/J Field) 2:21
  4. Mischief the Monkey (P Wilcher) 0:42
  5. Lavenders Blue (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 1:29
  6. Glub Glub Train (A Field) 0:16
  7. Archie's Theme (P Wilcher) 0:19
  8. Montezuma (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 0:29
  9. Archie's Theme (Reprise) (P Wilcher) 0:19
  10. Ducky Ducky (G Page/A Field) 0:13
  11. A Froggy He Would A-Wooing Go (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 3:36
  12. Maranoa Lullaby (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 2:02
  13. Stars (A Field/P Wilcher) 0:07
  14. Star Lullaby (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 2:02
  15. Okki Tokki Unga (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 1:53
  16. O Epoe Tooki Tooki (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 1:34
  17. Vini Vini (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 0:53
  18. Spot the Dalmation (A Field/J Field) 2:22
  19. Johnny Works With One Hammer (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 0:45
  20. The Man In The Moon (P Wilcher) 0:18
  21. This Old Man (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 2:31
  22. Suo Gan (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 1:43
  23. Wind (A Field) 0:14
  24. Joseph John's Lullaby (Brahms/P Wilcher/Arr: P Wilcher) 1:14
  25. Desert Dreaming (A Field/P Wilcher) 1:49
  26. Get Ready To Wiggle (Reprise) (J Field/M Cook/J Fatt/G Page) 1:54

Personnel

The Wiggles are...
Phillip Wilcher Piano, vocals
Murray Cook Guitar, bass guitar, vocals and water bubble sounds
Gregory Page Lead vocals, guitar, hand claps
Jeff Fatt Accordian, Emax, sequencing, "mischief's" voice 
Anthony Field Tin whistle, didgeridoo, vocals, chief Kabasa player
Produced by Anthony Field
Engineered by Steve Pomfrett
Recorded in February 1991 at Tracking Station Recording Studios, Sydney.

Release Dates

  • Australia (original): August 11, 1991
  • Australia (re-release): 1998

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The Wiggles albums
The Wiggles (1991)
Here Comes a Song (1992) • The Adventures Of Captain Feathersword, The Friendly Pirate (1993) • Yummy Yummy (1994) • Big Red Car (1995) • Wake Up Jeff! (1996) • Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (1996) • The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack (1997) • Toot Toot! (1998) • It's a Wiggly Wiggly World! (2000) • Wiggle Time! (2000) • Yule Be Wiggling (2000) • Hoop-Dee-Doo It's a Wiggly Party (2001) • Wiggly Safari (2002) • Wiggle Bay (2002) • Go To Sleep Jeff! (2003) • Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! (2003) • Top of the Tots (2003) • Cold Spaghetti Western (2004) • Santa's Rockin'! (2004) • LIVE Hot Potatoes! (2005) • Sailing Around the World (2005) • Here Comes The Big Red Car (2006) • It's Time to Wake Up Jeff! (2006) • Racing to the Rainbow (2006) • Surfer Jeff (2012) • Celebration! (2012)
Karaoke Albums Karaoke Songs 1 (2005) • Karaoke Christmas Songs (2005) • Karaoke Songs 2 (2006) • Karaoke Songs 3 (2006)
US-exclusive Splish Splash Big Red Boat (2006)
Singles Eagle Rock! (feat. Ross Wilson) (2003) • Christmas Single (2004) • Beep! Beep! Buckle Up! (2012)
Getting Strong! Wiggle and Learn (2007) • Pop Go The Wiggles! (2007) • You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (2008) • Sing a Song of Wiggles (2008) • The Wiggles Go Bananas! (2009) • Hot Poppin' Popcorn (2009) • Let's Eat! (2010) • Ukulele Baby! (2011) • The Wiggles' Big Birthday! (2011) • It's Always Christmas With You! (2011)
Taking Off! (2013) • Furry Tales (2013) • Pumpkin Face (2013) • Go Santa Go! (2013) • Apples & Bananas (2014) • Wiggle House (2014) • Rock & Roll Preschool (2015) • The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra! (2015) • Wiggle Town! (2016) • CinderEmma! Fairytale (2016) • Dance Dance! (2016) • Nursery Rhymes (2017) • Duets (2017) • Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas! (2017) • Nursery Rhymes 2 (2018) • Wiggle Pop! (2018) • The Wiggles' Big Ballet Day! (2019) • Party Time! (2019) • Fun and Games (2020) • Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car! (2020) • We're All Fruit Salad (2021)
Spin-off Albums Emma! (2015) • Carnival of the Animals (2016) • Dial E For Emma! (2016) • Lachy! (2016) • The Emma! & Lachy! Show (2018) • Emma! 2 (2019)
Singles Power Through the Day (2013) • Rise For Alex (2014) • NSW Blues Song! (2017) • The Toilet Song (2019) • The Alphabet Ballet (2019) • My Ballet Goat (2019) • I Am A Fine Musician (2019) • The Ants Go Marching (2019) • What's the Time, Mr Wolf? (2019)
Dorothy the Dinosaur (2007) • Dorothy the Dinosaur's Memory Book (2008) • Dorothy the Dinosaur Meets Santa Claus (2009) • Dorothy the Dinosaur's Rockin' Christmas (2010) • Dorothy the Dinosaur's Travelling Show! (2011) • Dorothy the Dinosaur's Beach Party! (2012)
Christmas Classics (2006) • Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles (2009) • Hits And Rarities (2012) • Christmas Crackers! (2012) • Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles (2013) • Hot Potatoes & Cold Spaghetti! (2015) • The Best of The Wiggles on Vinyl (2016) • The Best of The Wiggles (2016)
Samplers The Wiggles (1999) • Celebrating The Wiggles' 10th Birthday! (2001) • Compliments of Brach's and The Wiggles (2003) • A Wiggly Music Sampler (2003) • Wiggle Bay (2003) • Toot Toot! 3 Bonus Songs (2004) • Magical Adventure! A Wiggly Movie: 3 Bonus Songs (2004) • Wake Up Jeff!: 3 Bonus Songs (2004) • Wiggle Into Apple-Healthy Snack Time (2005) • Snack Time is Wiggle Time With Mott's (2006) • 4 Song CD (2006) • Omo Colourlock Limited Edition CD Sampler (2006)
Books w/ CDs Sing-along CD (2006) • We're All Friends (2007) • Play Piano with... The Wiggles (2007) • A Wiggly Sing-Along Box Set (2012) • Super Singalong Slipcase (2015) • Singalong Slipcase (2018)
Other Compilations featuring The Wiggles
ABC Kids ABC For Kids: Greatest Hits (1991) • A Menagerie Of Songs All About Animals (1992) • More ABC For Kids Greatest Hits (1992) • Rock 'N' Roll Kids (1992) • ABC For Kids Live (1993) • Lots And Lots Of Great Music For Kids (1994) • ABC For Kids Dance Party (1995) • Hottest Hits (2003) • ABC For Kids Hits (2004) • Best of ABC for Kids (2006) • The Best of ABC for Kids (2013) • ABC for Kids TV Themes (2014) • The Best of ABC for Kids Volume 2 (2014) • ABC For Kids Christmas (2014) • The Best of ABC Kids Volume 3 (2015) • ABC Kids Christmas - Volume 2 (2015) • The Best of ABC Kids Volume 4 (2016) • ABC Kids Christmas Volume 3 (2016) • Sing and Learn (2017) • The Best of ABC Kids Volume 5 (2017) • ABC Kids Christmas Volume 4 (2017) • ABC Kids Let's Play! Holiday Fun with Friends! (2017) • ABC KIDS Listen (2018) • ABC Kids Hits (2018) • Christmas With ABC Kids (2018) • ABC KIDS Favourites (2019)
Playhouse Disney Playhouse Disney 2 (2003) • Playhouse Disney: Imagine and Learn With Music (2005) • Disney Music Block Party (2008)
Christmas compilations The Spirit of Christmas 1998 (1998) • The Spirit of Christmas 2003 (2003) • So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2005 (2005) • The Spirit Of Christmas 06 (2006) • Carols in the Domain: 25th Anniversary (2007) • So Fresh Songs for Christmas 2008 (2008) • My Favourite Christmas Songs (2010) • Greatest Ever! Christmas: The Definitive Collection (2010) • The Spirit of Christmas 2011 (2011) • My Christmas Album (2012) • So Fresh Songs for Christmas 2012 (2012) • Making Spirits Bright Christmas Charity Collection (2013) • The Spirit of Christmas 2014 (2014) • Making Spirits Bright 2014 Christmas Charity Collection (2014) • 101 Christmas Classics (2017)
The Kingdom Of Paramithi (2009) • ReWiggled: A Tribute To The Wiggles (2011) • Och Aye the G'Nu! (2017)
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