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How much were The Wiggles influenced by The Beatles
10 August 2017
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If you don't know who The Wiggles are, they're an Australian pop/rock band who's music is aimed at children.

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I used to watch these guys on TV when i was a little kid and growing up i wonder how much were they influenced by The Beatles.

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So i thought i'd make a list of similarities that i noticed.

1. If we match the colors on the Sgt. Pepper uniforms to The Wiggles shirts we notice that John matches Greg, Paul matches Anthony, George matches Murray the guitarist, and Ringo's colors don't match anyone's but they're closest to Jeff's.

2. Henry The Octopus is an obvious reference to Octopus's Garden .

3. Captain Feathersword's outfit is very similar to the Sgt. Pepper uniforms and there is also a subtle reference to Yellow Submarine as he is a pirate who goes on a ship which goes on water.

4. Dorothy The Dinosaur is a possible reference to Happiness Is A Warm Gun , as the line she's well acquainted with the touch of a velvet hand like a lizard on a window pane, which references that she is a dinosaur, which is similar to a lizard, as well as the fact that she wears gloves and a rose, both of which are often made of velvet.

5. Wags The Dog is a reference to Martha My Dear as they both revolve around dogs and if that isn't enough, he seems to be closely attached to Captain Feathersword who resembles Paul in every way except the uniform colors, which match George, which is one hell of a coincidence considering that Paul played everything on that song that wasn't by a session musician except for the guitar which was played by George and they are the only 2 Beatles on that song.

6. All 4 members have been seen using a Hofner bass which is synonymous with The Beatles.

7. There is no real lead vocalist in The Wiggles, just like in The Beatles.

8. They all have matching Maton guitars, which although George is the only Beatle to use that specific model, The Beatles had matching guitars as well, such as their matching Gibson acoustics, their matching black Rickenbackers, their matching sonic blue Fenders, and who can forget their matching Epiphones and matching Russian guitars.

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9. Both of them have talked about Christianity, John made a statement claiming that children care more about The Beatles than Jesus where The Wiggles reference god occasionally in their songs.

10. Jeff sleeps a lot, which is a possible reference to how Ringo was often ill as a child.

11. Finally, as with The Beatles, there's a 5th Wiggle as well, which is Phil, the guy who quit early on.

12. Just kidding, there's one last more, The Beatles and The Wiggles both have a movie aimed at children, Yellow Submarine and The Wiggles movie respectively.

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11 August 2017
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Anthony was obsessed with the Beatles, in fact, he had proudly stated that the first record he ever bought was She Loves You

I know waaaay to much about the Wiggles, I used to watch then every day. 

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11 August 2017
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That's cool, especially considering that She Loves You was released the same year Anthony was born in which means that he likely bought it used.

I used to watch the show myself, i stopped at about the same time the classic lineup ended due to Greg's poor health so when i think of The Wiggles, i think of Greg, Murray, Anthony, and Jeff and not what i call the Australian Democracy Wiggles AKA the new Wiggles, one thing they didn't take from The Beatles is that sometimes a band needs to die or it'll go bad.

Anyways, i think all of them like The Beatles and were heavily influenced by them.

As a note, my name for the new incarnation is a reference to Chinese Democracy by Guns N' Roses and how out of the classic lineup from Appetite For Destruction, only Axl appears.

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@TheWigglyBeatle has an avatar of The Wiggles in collarless suits.

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I think you're really stretching to find examples of The Wiggles being influenced by The Beatles...

Dark Overlord said
1. If we match the colors on the Sgt. Pepper uniforms to The Wiggles shirts we notice that John matches Greg, Paul matches Anthony, George matches Murray the guitarist, and Ringo's colors don't match anyone's but they're closest to Jeff's.

The only ones that actually match are Paul and Tony. George's suit is orange and John's is green.

And is any reference to a dog/octopus/pirate/dinosaur/God in pop culture an allusion to The Beatles in your head? You do realize that The Beatles did not invent any of those things or make them popular, right? 

Like I'm honestly confused.. Do you really think you have sufficient evidence to prove that these were allusions to The Beatles??????

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14 August 2017
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George and John's Pepper costumes look red and yellow respectively to me, maybe they're actually red orange and yellow green but to me they look red and yellow and seem to match Murray and Greg respectively.

As for anything having to do with a pirate, dinosaur, dog, and or octopus being automatically related to The Beatles, i'll admit i stretched the truth a little bit there to find more hidden messages. For example, i doubt The Wiggles were thinking about how Paul played everything in Martha My Dear except for guitar which was played by George when they decided that Wags The Dog should be with Captain Feathersword or that they decided to have Jeff sleep a lot because Ringo was regularly ill as a child but it gave more things to point out nonetheless.

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19 August 2017
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I saw this thread and got a bit excited. I know a few ways The Beatles influenced The Wiggles. Starting with the intentional ones:

  • Anthony and Murray both got into music thanks to The Beatles. I don't know about Greg or Jeff though.
  • There have been a load of Beatles references in The Wiggles' media (especially while Sam was in the group). One that sticks out to me is in one of their concert videos, when they were dressed at The Beatles and they introduced a song while reciting the lyrics to Help . I might make a list of more references eventually, maybe on this thread.
  • They have used The Beatles' instruments in their videos, and assuming in the studio while recording. They even had a custom-made drum set with The Wiggles' name in a Beatles font.

Now for the coincidences:

  • Both bands had respective feature films (except The Beatles had 4, The Wiggles have 1).
  • Both bands were introduced to America from respective TV appearances (The Beatles-Ed Sullivan, The Wiggles-Disneyland).
  • The members of the respective bands can be sort of comparable, not just by color though. Anthony as Paul because both are multi-talented and committed to the band (they're also my favorite members of the respective bands, so maybe I'm just biased), Greg as John because they sang lead the most, both were very popular members of the respective bands and they were both the first to officially quit the bands, Murray as George because their both lead guitarists (that's all I came up with), and Jeff as Ringo for many reasons, mainly because they were both the last ones to join the respective bands and were mainly associated with one instrument for the most part (Jeff with piano, Ringo with drums).
  • Both bands focus on one music genre (The Beatles-pop/rock, The Wiggles-children) but have covered a variety of music in their songs (yes, The Wiggles do have a variety of music styles in their songs).
  • Now this one's a real coincidence: Anthony has two brothers named Paul and John. They were also musicians. And they were in a band called "The Cockroaches". Not even kidding.

I literally spent the past hour comparing The Wiggles to The Beatles. I regret nothing.

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