The Wiggles Guitarist Murray Cook Began His Music Career In Australian Black Metal Band
Much is known about the The Wiggles and their domination of the children’s music scene worldwide. Everyone who has been a parent to a small child the last 10+ years has had the pleasure of getting songs like “Fruit Salad”, “Here Comes The Chicken”, and “Hot Potato” stuck in their head for hours at a time. What most fail to realize though is how these lovable Australian romper room rampagers began their musical careers. It appears that Murray Cook got his in a black metal cover band in the 1980′s.
According to Katastrophus vocalist Oliver “Demon Stick” Middleton, Jr. “Murray was our guitarist in the beginning. We could tell right away that he was both the right and wrong guy for the band. On the positive side, he was clearly the most talented guy. He worked with us all on chord arrangements, progressions, etc. We mainly did covers of Venom, Possessed, Celtic Frost, and Bathory songs, and we may not have learned some of them properly without his help. He was especially critical to our mastery of our few original songs.” Middleton continued “But on the negative side, he just couldn’t let go of that upbeat and constantly happy attitude. If you can imagine, we’d be playing “In League With Satan”, “The Exorcist”, “Black Metal”, and “Procreation (Of The Wicked)” but the crowd could sense that it lacked authenticity due to Murray’s constantly big smiling face. It got to the point to where the crowd themselves even started to act cheerful. That went against everything we stood for. Finally, one night in the middle of a set, I’d had enough. I fired him right in the middle of our version of “Raise The Dead”, you know, from Venom. I couldn’t handle watching him smile like that while singing his back up vocal during the chorus for one more night. The rest, of course, is history. He went on to make children happy, and we play for 15 people once a month. He never even mentions us.”
When compared to Captain Feathersword’s early career as a hiphop back up dancer, Murray’s early road looks far more interesting.
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