Posted on 19 May 2015.
Not content with the mundanities of administering their portfolios, the Cabinet ministry of Colin Barnett has hopped back on the pop music bandwagon, this time with their leader at the reins.
In January, oneperth.com.au observed that State Cabinet had unleashed a spate of ministerial media releases incorporating titles of popular songs in their headlines.
In that month alone, ministers Albert Jacob, Helen Morton, John Day and Michael Mischin integrated the titles of no less than seven oldies but goldies into the headlines of media releases. The acts so honoured were Culture Club, Ray Charles, The Ramones, Al Green/Talking Heads, UK Squeeze, Elvis Costello, and Def Leppard.
Now, the musical ministers are at it again, with Mr Jacob and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today issuing a release titled: ‘Who let the dogs out in the Pilbara’, a reference to the Year 2000 canine-inspired ditty of one-hit-wonders Baha Men.
oneperth.com.au can also confirm that Mr Barnett has decided to join the musical release lineup for the first time.
Entering the charts with a bullet on February 16, but sharing the limelight with subordinates Kim Hames and Mia Davies, the State Premier and his two backing vocalists issued a release titled: ‘We are the champions … and we’re coming to Perth‘.
An obvious homage to Queen and the late, great Freddie Mercury, that release was followed up on May 23 with the more obscure ‘Heaven’s best on display at Astrofest 2015‘, probably an allusion to the song ‘Heaven’s Best’ by New York soul momma Kelly Price.
Mr Barnett reinforced his chart success in a joint release with Dr Hames titled ‘New kids on the block‘.
SIX OF THE BEST
Refusing to let his boss hog the limelight, Attorney General Mischin, who figured prominently in the January musical ministerial releases, has six (count ’em, six) entries this time ’round.
The first, ‘WA searches for a lawyer with a heart of gold’ would have long-haired hippy troubadour Neil Young turning in his grave if he were dead.
Bachman Turner Overdrive might be marginally more satisfied with Mr Mischin’s ‘Taking care of business made easier for WA firms’.
The Attorney-General’s third release, ‘Accolades for those who fight for your rights’, was a veiled reference to a worldwide hit by Brooklyn rap trio the Beastie Boys.
Fourth was Mr Mischin’s May 11 release ‘Law award winner is pretty fly (for a legal eye)’, in the mode of 1990s pop-punks Prodigy.
Fifth for Mr Mischin was ‘Return to sender operation thwarts scammers’, featuring the title of a signature tune by no less than The King, Elvis Aaron Presley.
Rounding out Mr Mischin’s contribution to the press release pop charts was the Billy Idol-inspired ‘Rise in white weddings at WA’s registry office’.
But, just as Blur pipped Oasis for Britpop honours in the late 1990s, Mr Mischin was pipped by Dr Hames who, with the help of a few sneaky duets, has managed a remarkable seven musical media releases since February 1.
On February 27, he and Ms Davies released a duet titled ‘Howzat! Game on for World Cup innings’, in memory of Aussie pop gods Sherbet.
Dr Hames’ solo effort, ‘Needles and wins: Mums urged to vaccinate’, refers to ‘Needles and pins’ which has been recorded by virtually every pop star ever to grip a mic.
Channeling Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mr Hames on April 2 noted that ‘Freo streets come alive to the sound of music’.
With Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who charted for the first time, Dr Hames also released ‘Kimberley to shine bright like a diamond’ (which rips a line from a Rihanna song), and ‘Money, money, money for regional events’ (ABBA).
Last, and probably least, in the duo’s discography is ‘Taste of honey and red, red wine in WA’s south’ – a double-bunger tribute to The Beatles and Neil Diamond/UB40.
Dr Hames’ solo release ‘Higher and higher – awards finalists announced’ is probably a reference to Jackie Wilson’s ‘(Your love keeps lifting me) higher and higher’.
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