Hip to be square

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT, AAP

MU­SIC afi­cionado Myf Warhurst says her new show will be a heart- warm­ing ride through the ’ 80s for Spicks and Specks TV fans and retro diehards.

The six- part se­ries on ABC1, Nice, cov­ers food, fash­ion, pho­tog­ra­phy, art and mu­sic, and re­traces some of the most in­flu­en­tial as­pects of Warhurst’s own child­hood.

The first half- hour episode fea­tures mu­sic, sim­i­lar to a spin- off of Spicks and Specks, with Warhurst strik­ing up a duet with leg­endary US coun­try singer Kenny Rogers ( be­low).

In all the ex­cite­ment, Warhurst strug­gles to re­mem­ber the words to Is­lands In the Stream, and misses nail­ing the mo­ment she has dreamt of since she was a teen.

‘‘ I’m sure ev­ery­one will be able to re­late to that mo­ment,’’ she says.

Warhurst ad­mits Nice is a way for her to rec­on­cile with her past and fi­nally come out of the closet on all the daggy and un­cool things she liked and did grow­ing up.

The former Triple J an­nouncer says she never re­ally owned up to her pop- cul­ture past while work­ing at the hip ra­dio sta­tion, as it would never have fit­ted with her work­ing im­age.

But now aged in her 30s, Warhurst says it’s been fun re­vis­it­ing her child­hood and hopes the top­ics she cov­ers res­onate with all ages.

‘‘ I was em­bar­rassed when I was younger, at Triple J when I was sur­rounded by kids and great mu­sic and kind of cool stuff,’’ she says.

‘‘ I was like, ‘ Oh God, I grew up lis­ten­ing to AM ra­dio and pretty much com­mer­cial pop’ and it’s sort of taken a life­time to be at one with all that stuff and know it’s OK.’’


Pre­mieres on ABC1, Wed­nes­day, 8pm

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