wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…where?

You don’t have to be from my generation to have learnt a lot from The Wiggles. Fruit salad is yummy, dinosaurs are friendly and pirates can sing!

The group have been a massive presence in the international infant and youth music and entertainment industry for well over 20 years now, and have become icons and figures for almost everyone’s childhood.

But like all good things, it’s time for it to come to an end, with the 2012 Wiggles tour bringing the news of a ‘group rebirth’ being on the agenda.

The Sunday Morning Herald are calling it the “fall of the Wiggles empire”, but the group are promising that the ‘new and improved’ will not disappoint.

Leaving the group are Jeff Fatt (purple Wiggle), Murray Cook (red Wiggle) and Greg Page (the original yellow Wiggle), who will all hand over their infamous skivvies to newcomers, Emma Watkins and team. That’s right, female Wiggles.

Never fear! Anthony Field (blue Wiggle) will remain.

Out with the old (left), in with the new (right).

It’s not the biggest breakup to hit the music industry, but Australia’s history has certainly been hit in the face.

“[They] sold an estimated 23 million DVDs and 7 million CDs worldwide, won 10 ARIA awards for best children’s album, had play centres and a theme park built in their honour…[it’s] not quite on the scale of the Beatles’ break-up, the changes bring to an end the recording and performing career of one of the most successful musical acts in Australian history.” – Sunday Morning Herald

Only time will tell whether the new Wiggle empire will bring with it a successful rebirth, or a looming death.