Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Insomnia's Fabulous Hatchet Job

If you thought the Bliss cover of "American Pie" was rubbish, then hold on to your hair extensions for Insomnia! This sublimely tragic Australian duo launched their career with an astonishingly bad dance interpretation of "Fame" in the late 90s. Not surprisingly, it flopped and Insomnia were never heard of again. Well, one half of Insomnia at least. Pop fans may recognise Kellie Hoggart in the picture below. For the uninitiated, Kellie was a member of the 90s girlband, Teen Queens, and now performs to snotty nosed children around the globe as a member of Hi-5. I hope Kellie looks back on her days as the front woman of Insomnia with great pride. Their one and only flop, "Fame", is a four minute musical trainwreck of the highest order. "Fame" has all the ingredients of a pop trash classic - tacky beats, thin vocals and dated production. The cheesy record scratching and manic keyboards never fail to make me laugh. As much as I enjoy the music, the thing I love most about Insomnia's "Fame" is the fact that it's such a relic of its time. You just know that a small army of Chupa Chup munching disco dollies waved their glow sticks to this stunning anthem. Give "Fame" a spin and re-live your glory days. Just don't wear that shiteous lime green number you've been hiding in the back of your wardrobe. It was wrong - even then!

Many thanks to Steen for reminding me of this masterpiece and sending me a copy! How funny is the Star Wars inspired artwork!

5 comments:

tommie said...

I can't believe this didn't launch them into superstardom! LOL! This reminds me of late 90s at least. Not sure if that's a good thing...

Mike said...

They should have been bigger than The Beatles! I live for this kind of fabulous crap.

Miss Halliwell said...

Oh dear!

It's like 2 Unlimited on crack!

Fabulous!

Mike said...

I think you should do your own version, Deirdre! You could change the name to "Shame"!

Radimov said...

I was in the video clip for this one. It was shot in Neo Pharaohs in Sydney on Sussex street just before it closed down. It was roughly 1995/1996. The guys at the shot were saying this group would be bigger than Danni Minogue. There cetainly not any worse musically. The guy in the group was Kellie's boyfriend for a number of years.