Don’t believe everything you read online – and especially everything you read on Lil Nas X’s Twitter.
Early Thursday morning, the Grammy Award winner tweeted he was “trying really hard to get The Wiggles to co-headline” the recently announced US and European tour for his debut album Montero.
A few hours later, The Wiggles responded: “We’re ready to wiggle with you!”
On Instagram, the Australian band shared the rapper’s post saying, “the Big Red Car is packed and ready to go down the Old Town Road.”
People are understandably excited. It’s been labelled a “world-ending collab” (in a good way). And one Wiggles fan asked what colour skivvy Lil Nas X would be getting.
Anthony Field, a founding member of The Wiggles, has even reshared the post on his Instagram with a comment reading “This needs to happen”.
But The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have been told there are, sadly, no concrete plans to toot toot chugga chugga with Lil Nas X at all. The rapper’s management is yet to contact The Wiggles, and even if they had been in touch, the timing wouldn’t work out as The Wiggles have tours planned for the rest of the year.
As spectacular as a joint tour would have been, the news that the tour won’t be going ahead is not all that surprising.
One of these acts is an Australian children’s group that sings about hot potatoes and fruit salad. The other is a US rapper once labelled by this paper as “the world’s most controversial pop star” and who was once accused of “devil worship” for putting human blood in a line of Nike Air Max 97s called “Satan Shoes”.
But a collaboration wouldn’t be as wild as it seems.
Lil Nas X is clearly a big fan. In 2020, he even teased a Wiggles remix of his song Rodeo that never eventuated (The Wiggles played along with that announcement too).
And he also has a real affinity with kids. His breakaway hit Old Town Road was a surprise hit in primary schools and its popularity led to him authoring a children’s book called C is for Country.
And The Wiggles are crossing demographics in a similar way. The group took out the top spot in this year’s Hottest 100 for its cover of Tame Impala’s Elephant, and later released a whole album of covers reimagining songs from artists including Rihanna and Fatboy Slim.
People who grew up loving The Wiggles are rediscovering them through these kinds of collaborations and the group’s emergence in popular (adult) music is bang on with a trend towards ’90s and noughties nostalgia more generally.
Millennial and Gen Z artists are increasingly finding ways to reference and honour the artists they grew up listening to and, while it’s often laced with a big dose of irony, it’s unmistakably loving.
A Wiggles/Lil Nas X collab might sound unlikely right now, but a few years ago we would have said the same thing about Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.
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