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Watch Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker jam onstage with the Wiggles

Kevin Parker
(Image credit: The Wiggles / Instagram)

Everyone is looking for synergies these days. Collaboration across genres and cultures has never been hotter. But can anyone top the moment Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker took to the stage at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, to join the Wiggles in an epic jam?

No chance. Here was Parker, electric guitar in hand, jamming along on Elephant, a song about an Elephant that the Wiggles covered (opens in new tab), giving it big licks with a “fruit salad, yummy yummy” chorus.

And then they performed Hot Potato, too, turning that I-IV-V progression into a high-energy celebration of carbohydrates.

Good luck getting those hooks out of your head. 

Children of all ages can learn something from the Wiggles. The Australian children’s TV institution is edutainment in a very real way, teaching the young ones that foodstuffs such as broccoli are rich in Vitamins F, U and N, and maybe giving us older viewers the chance to perfect our timekeeping, to play in the pocket with ‘the Wiggle Groove.’ 

Children’s entertainers nail the fundamentals – melody, timing and groove – and the Wiggles are the best in the business. Besides, the greatest songs have always had a simplicity to them that could work for children, too. That was part of the magic of Nirvana, not to mention the Beatles. And what child does not enjoy Metallica’s Black Album? Exactly.

After this successful cross-cultural exchange, who else should join the Wiggles onstage? Steve Vai and his Hydra? Malmsteen!? Joe Bonamassa for John Henry Goes to Nursery? Heck, Hot Potato would be putty in his hands. 

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Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.