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"And fine, if you wish to glorify Krishna and Vishnu in a post-colonial, condescending bottled-up and labeled kind of way... then whatever, that’s okay, but! Here’s what gives me a hard-on: I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant lump of carbon. I have one life, and it is short, and unimportant...but thanks to recent scientific advances, I get to live twice as long as my great-great-great-great uncleses and auntses!" —"Storm"
Tim Minchin is a flame-haired Australian pianist who once wrote an album full of silly songs to get them out of his system. When he discovered that the public loved them more than his more serious work, he became a comedian, and proceeded to become quite famous both in Australia and in the UK. He's known for his Black Humour and for his spot-on criticisms of both the religious right and the new age left.Several of his songs have official videos, including "The Pope Song" and "Storm", the latter of which has been adapted into an animated short. He also famously serenaded Jonathan Ross's wife.He hosted one episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and has now won an Olivier Award for writing the score to the hit musical Matilda.Has his own YouTube channel.
Tropes embodied in his work include:
Actually Pretty Funny: Tim is probably one of the few people who could sing a song to Jonathan Ross about how he wants to bang Ross's wife and make Ross laugh his head off about it.
The Pope Song levels many accusations against Pedophile Priests and the people who cover for them. The very last of which, on the very last line of the song, is that they wear stupid hats.
In Context, Tim discusses his hatred of, amongst other things, racist Africans, Japanese homophobes, the disabled rapists, and Burmese cats.
The Song for Phil Daoust includes several embittered lyrics towards the journalist which get more and more caustic as the song continues. As everything builds to a climax, the final departing verse of the song calls the journalist a "poo-face".
Audience Participation Song: lampshaded and subverted in both Hello and I Love Jesus, played straight in Canvas Bags and Peace Anthem For Palestine. Although in Peace Anthem he has a habit of setting up obvious jumping in points for the audience before cutting them off with more piano solo.
Averted in one of the versions ofDark Side when he tells the clapping audience to shut up.
Author Tract: Of the good kind in Storm, in which Tim makes a passionate argument for rationalism.
If you're so into Shakespeare, lend me your ear: To gild refined gold... to paint the lily... to throw perfume on the violet... is just fucking silly.
Biting-the-Hand Humor: The entirety of Three Minute Song is basically about Tim mocking the BBC and their restrictions.
Black Comedy: Lullaby which is an, uhm, lullaby about getting a baby to sleep. It starts out pretty sweetly, and ends with a line explaining that how much you love your child is directly propotionate to how dead it looks.
If I Didn't Have You says love grows "like a flower, or a mushroom, or a guinea pig, or a vine, or a sponge, or bigotry... or a banana."
If You Really Loved Me gets more bizarre and fetishistic as it goes along. The first, very notable instance is when Tim sings that, if his lover truly loved him, she would "pluck the moon from the sky ... and let me video you while you wee".
In Cont, he expresses hatred to the rich and poor who use wealth/poverty as an excuse for bigotry, bitches who get rabies and try to bite babies and whores who don't accept Visa.
Brick Joke: In the second verse of Rock and Roll nerd, he mentions guitar kids learning Stairway To Heaven. The outro quotes the song.
In Three Minute Song: "Yeah, I got people. And a phone. And a sense of the passage of time." The whole joke of of the song is being performed on talk shows and lasting for three minutes, because if he goes over people watching the talk show will get bored.
Brown Note: "F Sharp" may very well be the real deal. Try listening to it and not cringing.
Genius Bonus: it's known amongst serious vocalists that F is a difficult key for the human voice to stick to; without instruments to keep them on the straight and narrow, the majority of choirs will slide sharp or flat when attempting it.
Nothing ruins comedy like arenas, written to serve as part of the opening song to Tim's first arena tour.
Song for Phil Daoust is about Tim's efforts to overcome criticism and be mature in the face of negative feedback... but he still thinks Phil is a fucking poo-face who deserves to have big chunks of flesh cut out of his face and be forcefed them while his children watch.
Impractical Musical Instrument Skills: Tim has demonstrated on more than one occasion the ability to play certain notes with his feet while he is in the middle of playing. Often the alternative would be stretching across the piano uncomfortably, or stop playing altogether to reach the note. Impressively he's not only capable of timing the foot note, but also play it in correct key as well. Musically inclined toes!
If you listen to "Ready For This", the ENTIRE song is pretty much performed by him creating different effects with his MOUTH and then adding SFX to them (ie giving the "guitar" some distortion or rounding out the "kick drum" a bit so it sounds like a kick drum)
Unless, of course, one is familiar with the Australian slang term moll
Mood Whiplash: Dark Side is a blatantly lampshaded example, but there are others. Confessions is another...he sings about different issues, only to then cut to him singing about boobs.
Mundane Made Awesome: Done deliberately in Canvas Bags. Played with in The Good Book, as he introduces it with "This next song requires a boot" note He performs barefoot on stage, so the idea of him wearing shoes, especially for this song, counts
New-Age Retro Hippie: Storm from, well, Storm is a fan of alternative medicine and new age culture. Tim's initial assumptions about her prove to be quite accurate.
"I admit I'm a little bit wary/ because I notice the tip of the wing of a fairy/ Tattooed on that popular area/ Just above the derrière/ And when she says I'm Sagittarian/ I confess a pigeonhole starts to form/ And is immediately filled with pigeons/ When she says her name is Storm."
If I wanna know how to be good it's to the good book that I go. 'Cause the good book is a book and it is good and it's a book.
Shout Out Music: After a lengthy and incredibly complex piano solo in "Dark Side", the music gradually slows until just two notes are playing for a brief period. This is shortly followed by the opening to "Beethoven's Für Elise" - which Tim may have used to suggest the pseudo-seriousness for the song.
The Coda of "Inflatable You" includes the repeating lyric "Don't let me down" - a nod to The Beatles song of the same name.
"Teenage Years" involves the concept of 'reaching Nirvana' and drinking the 'Teen Spirit', Bundaburg Rum. 'Smells like Teen Spirit' was a song created by Grunge '90's group, Nirvana.
Confessions ends with a homage to "I Will Always Love You".
The orchestral performances of "Rock & Roll Nerd" end with an over-the-top playing of the end riff from "Stairway To Heaven", which he references earlier in the song.
Take That: Mostly against religion or superstition, but without much in the way of political prejudice — he goes against the New Agey left as hard in Storm as he goes against the traditionally theistic right in The Good Book.
Song for Wossy is a Take That to the complainants who got Jonathan Ross suspended by the BBC, or specifically those who insisted that Ross would be traumatised if anyone dared to target him with the kind of joke that he was suspended over. Watched from this perspective, you can see that point that Wossy works it out.
Third-Person Person: Rock And Roll Nerd - "But he doesn't want to seem self-obsessed, so he writes in third-person."
Uncanny Valley Makeup: Granted, only because the bar for men is set very low, but still, it's strange to see a man, much less a straight one, wearing non-black eyeliner - especially without obvious foundation.