Cracker of new video putting playful pollies into perspective
IT’S not often you see a federal politician dancing on a table, twanging his G-string. Or an MP ironing his Y-fronts while another tries to hurl a lasso across his office. But that’s exactly what Nick Xenophon, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Katter have done in a new viral video. The pollies were among a slew of MPs who starred in Aussie indie punk band Super Best Friends’ new music video Round and Round, viewed tens of thousand of times on YouTube. The short clip also features Prime Minister Kevin Rudd doing an awkward jig behind his desk, while Opposition Leader Tony Abbott twirls a bike wheel and Greens leader Christine Milne fiddles with a mini wind turbine. Mr Xenophon hammers away at a bass guitar’s E,A,D and G strings while standing on his office desk and Mr Oakeshott irons his Y-fronts in a circular motion. Mr Katter throws the lasso while wearing mirrored aviator sunnies. Super Best Friends’ bass player Matt Roberts said the three-piece outfit were amazed by the reaction to the video, filmed in April and released Monday. ‘‘It’s been absolutely crazy. We hoped it would go a little bit viral, but it’s been on TV all morning and the Prime Minister has bloody tweeted the link,’’ Roberts says. Roberts filmed and produced the video while working at Parliament House as a cameraman for the ABC. Mr Rudd filmed his segments while he was a backbench MP. Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) will be guest programmer on the ABC’s music show, Rage on August 31.
Rage: Saturdays, late, ABC1.
– MILES GODFREY