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The deepest secrets and drunkenest rantings from Australia's premier pop combo

Monday, July 12, 2004

Hey there gang. Well, what a crazy last coupla days it’s been for us. Seems we can’t go anywhere in this fair land without whipping up a storm of controversy. If anyone reading this doesn’t already know, this time it’s between us and the lovely Jackie O, star of Today FM, the badly rating popstars and also the judge behind the selecting of the band Bardot, who have since broken up.

The basics of it is that Jackie O was supposed to be hosting the festival, she missed her plane, was 9 hours late, when she finally arrived they were already running behind time, and they asked us to cut some songs out. When we were about to go on suddenly she appears out on stage to say her bit or whatever. The crowd were already chanting for us, and they'd already had to put up with some MP trying to talk to them, So we decided we weren't gonna wait anymore and just went out on stage, with me playing the intro to Thunderstruck (badly). As we started our set Jason and I were saying things like "Sorry bout Jackie O, Jackie O what the fuck?" and "Fuck Popstars, Fuck Big Brother, Fuck the lot of them"... and then proceeded into our set.

Later in the night Jackie O's bodyguard came up to our guitar tech (I thought this was during the set but it may have been at the after party) and told him "You're lucky we didn't come on stage and make something of it", threatening violence against us.

I also "apologised" to jackie at the after party, purely for a photo opportunity.

And yesterday John Zucco at Shock recieved a call from Ryan Wellington, the Producer of the Jackie and Kyle show threatening to "Bury the band" and "Destroy Frenzal Rhomb" if we didn't come on and be interviewed by them. He threatened that Austereo would never play Frenzal Rhomb again (we did wonder whether they'd have to amend their playlist at all to achieve this goal...)

So we decided to go on their show, not to apologise, but because we couldn't believe they'd give us another forum to air our views on the Australian Music industry (The gig was to about 4000 people, how many people listen to Today FM?), and to ask them why they threatened to destroy the band.

They prerecorded the interview, but broadcast it as if it were live, pretending they had demanded their producer get Jason on the line, in a display of high-drama. To their credit they broadcast the interview in its entirety, just bleeping out the swear words (well, most of them – Jackie can be heard saying “fuck”). And, as I'm sure you'll hear in the interview, the results speak for themselves.

In addition to this, Jason and I also DJ on JJJ sometimes, so we'll be sure to play the whole interview again, to make sure Jackie feels she hasn't been misrepresented. Friday morning between 6 and 9 we're doing breakfast with Adam Spencer, so we might give it a spin then.

And Steve Cannane from the Hack program on JJJ, which runs at 5:30 every weeknight, is going to look into the whole "Austereo banning bands it doesn't like" phenomenom.

So, looks like a great time ahead for Australian music.

Please feel free to head over to www.kyleandjackieo.com and promise them your undying support and adoration in their brave fight, or email Jackie O your words of support to jackieo@kyleandjackieo.com.

You can also let the whole Today Fm crew know how much they mean to you at http://www.2dayfm.com.au/contact.php


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