classics #2

What do you get when you appropriate a famous tongue-twister rhyme used to help children with speech impediments, lay it down over a playground hip-hop break, and then score it to a pair of life-sized muppets running around Melbourne  getting into all sorts of mischief?

That would be ‘Theophilus Thistler‘: a track that in 1999 flung the now defunct electronica duo, Sonic Animation, into the commercial spotlight – not only because of its unavoidable catchiness, but also for its introduction to a pair of fluffy instigators that wound up becoming cult icons for the band.

In December of 2001 when Sonic Animation played the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay, Robert Roley and Theophilus Thistler appeared onstage and then proceeded to dance amongst the crowd during the song –  a custom feature of the band’s set. To an audience that consisted of mostly drunken 18 year olds breaking free of their shackles, it was the best schoolies present ever.

Sonic Animation – Theophilus Thistler

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