Brown Town [Video]

BROWN TOWN:  Ray Hadley reworks a Petula Clark classic in honour of Greens leader Bob Brown; @s_dog takes the liberty of putting some pictures to the song and uploading it to YouTube:

(Please feel free to pass it on – the URL for the video is )

UPDATE:  Thanks, Bolta!  Link: A Lesson for Brown 

UPDATE II:  Critics.  Sigh.  “Brown Town” song parody proves right-wingers have no sense of humour

UPDATE III: Thanks to Menzies House for reposting; also GregoryNo6, Iain Hall, James Board, Mags 

UPDATE IV:  More linkers – thanks!  Quadrant Online, Blazing Cat Fur, Stop Gillard’s Carbon TaxASX Guru, DontCopIt, and thanks to Mark Sharma and the other ‘Aussies on the Right’ on Twitter for passing it around… (if I’ve missed any, let me know)  Also, @Western_Patriot just let me know that Ray Hadley mentioned my clip on @2GB873 this morning and it got positive feedback – I’ll post a podcast link when it’s up.

72 Responses to “Brown Town [Video]”

  1. bingbing Says:

    Love it! Cheers, spotty! Had heard the song, and ain’t the clip great!

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      My first-ever YouTube upload. I feel so 2005!

    • bingbing Says:

      Hory she-at! Didn’t realise you uploaded it, lol. You made it?

      To be fair, I’ve uploaded bugger-all YouTube vids, but you might remember this one I did.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      The dog pics in it weren’t a clue? lol

    • bingbing Says:

      PS Don’t give me shit about not reading the blurb in the first place. You know I’m one of those people who has 20+tabs up at a time, and blogs about 1% of the crap he sees!

    • bingbing Says:

      I just remember thinking, “No wonder spot likes the clip.”

  2. Carpe Jugulum Says:

    Well done spotty, i heard this on the way to work this morning, the images top it all off 🙂 5 stars

  3. Shelley Says:

    Love your work spot. Came across this pic of Brown at the National Press Club when asked about Abbott being able to cancel the Brown / Gillard carbon dioxide taxation scheme when he wins next election ( hey, what can I say? I’m an optimist).

    What an ego, er? Reminds me of Rocky Horror when it took only seven days to make a man. Cannot wait for someone with more clout to remind Brown that he’s not overly popular with the majority and should get off his soapbox. When he shuts down coalmining we’re gunna need the wood.


    Brown is Frank. Gillard Columbia . Brad and Janet us mug punters. The anti carbon dioxide taxation movement Dr. Everett V. Scott.

    And poor creature of the night Rocky Horror the carbon dioxide taxation monster.

    Hurry up and show yourselves Riff Raff & Magenta! Get that loony Brown and his goons outa here!

  4. Shelley Says:

    Can you do anything with this?

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      That’s funny! I’m turning in soon but I’ll have a think about it tomorrow. Night, mate 🙂

  5. magsx2 Says:

    You have done a great job putting it together, I will certainly but it up on my other blog in the next couple of days, Thanks for doing this, it is a great song, and oh so true.

  6. Merilyn Says:

    Good work spot. Heard part of the song on Tim Blair’s blog yesterday when listening to the Ray Hadley clip.

  7. spot_the_dog Says:

    Typical. I linked this in Bolt’s open forum earlier today, because I thought some of the people there might get a kick out of it.  It was the first comment in the thread.

    The comment & link went up, garnered several replies, at least 91 people clicked the link, yet by 10:30am my comment and all the responses to it had been deleted without explanation or notice.

    Bolt’s moderators playing silly-buggers again. Sigh. I give up.

    UPDATE: No surprise. He elected to censor the 10:50am comment asking why my original comment and all its replies had been deleted. “Memory hole.” Still and all, good to see the Warmies, Islam apologists and other assorted nutjobs getting such a good run. /sarc

    UPDATE II: Trying again. III: And yet again.

    • kae Says:

      I dunno, Spot. I think we’re all pushing poo uphill with a stick if we try to ask/tell Bolt anything about problems with the blog.
      It isn’t the Bolt blog any more, it’s the moderators’.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Maybe he’s franchised out the management of his blog, including comment management, to Crikey or The Drum?

    • bingbing Says:

      Beyond annoying. What the hell are they thinking???

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      If Bolt is being honest in that he allegedly has no idea that any of these shenanigans are going on, then I’d say that Bolt’s moderators are working at cross purposes to him.

      That said, after I emailed him top ask why his mods had deleted it, he put it up here: A Lesson for Brown

      I don’t really know what to think about that blog anymore. Posts, still top-notch. Comments section, unmitigated chaos.

    • bingbing Says:

      I made a query myself. Sent at 3pm Tizona time. Let’s see what happens… or doesn’t.

    • bingbing Says:

      Well, a direct link is much better yet the need to delete it from the tips page is a head-scratcher.

      Lulz, half of Australia is going to see my overtime pay in Korea vid. *gulp*

      Next time, have Bolt link to the Brown Town clip on MY page, though.


    • bingbing Says:

      Quick update. That above comment should have appeared at 2pm Bolt time.

      It didn’t.


    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Yeah, I gave up after my 5th comment (out of 5) got disappeared. 0 for 5 is not good enough odds for me to be willing to give it another go. And the “A Lesson for Brown” post hasn’t had any new comments put through since before lunch, Melbourne time. Meh. Tim’s place is more fun anyway.

  8. bingbing Says:

    Idiot or sadist? I’m torn.

    • J.M. Heinrichs Says:

      Be both; possess your aspirations, breath …


    • bingbing Says:


  9. Winston Smith Says:

    Funny you should say that Bingbing – I’ve given up on Bolts blog, the level of absolutely crap statements makes it like wading through vomit in bare feet. The same thing is, I think, affecting Tims blog. Made five posts yesterday, none appeared.
    Paranoia gets me thinking that the moderators have been influenced. What the hell happened to Tran and Nkomo?

  10. Shelley Says:

    You put up a few posts at Bolts and next you know there’s some other bugger posting crap with nearly your exact screen name. I think there’s an infestation with the aim of shutting posters down. Time for him to get in the flick man.

    • bingbing Says:

      Don’t have time to find the link (job thingy) but that’s probably that deliberate campaign the Greens and Labor have started, asking their supporters to create a wall of noise to drown us out.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      “Wall of Noise” and “Shock & Awe”… you’re not imagining it.

  11. Derek Sapphire Says:

    Hardly surprising that you lot would find such a nasty, noxious parody amusing. But it just proves what I’ve known all along: the right simply can’t do comedy.

    • bingbing Says:

      Funny or not, you must have noticed the blogosphere and twittersphere’s auras change dramatically this week and especially today.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Dazza, you’re just cross that I refused to use that nude photo of you chained to the Norfolk Island Pine outside the Sail & Anchor in my montage, and we both know it. Bloody hell you’re a petty little thing, aren’t you. Like I told you – go get your Warholian ’15 minutes’ somewhere else.

    • bingbing Says:

      That nude wasn’t Derek in a mangina pose?

    • not tellin Says:

      That was HIS MOM!

  12. spot_the_dog Says:

    UPDATE II:  Critics.  Sigh.  “Brown Town” song parody proves right-wingers have no sense of humour

    • bingbing Says:

      I, for one, am inspired.

    • Merilyn Says:

      Feed back, very funny, say family members.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Thanks for that, Merilyn! I was hoping it might get a thousand views in the first fortnight or so; it ended up getting about 3500 in the first 24 hours. It’s no Keyboard Cat, but still… 😉

  13. Gregoryno6 Says:

    Excellent clip, spot. I will be posting it on my blog quite soon.
    As for Bolt, I gave up on him about a year ago. Repeated manifestations of his schoolboy crush for Jooolya were unpleasant. Then came this.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      I’ve never actually been “snipped” – it’s just that nine of out ten of my comments end up deleted with no explanation as to why – and in a way, that’s almost worse. Ah, well. I’d be chuffed if you posted the video clip, it’s already received way more views than I ever thought it would. A sign, I think, notsomuch of my native abilities but of how fed up people are with this government and their cheerleaders in the tongue-bath media, and how hungry they are for someone – anyone – to go against the grain and poke some fun.

    • Carpe Jugulum Says:

      I’ve only been ‘Snipped’ once, just because i called an “artist” who moved to Bali and had a fondness for young boys a;

      Wretched creature come kiddy fiddler where no one will miss their missing chomosomes, if they weren’t deceased, i would wish them ill.

      I got ‘Snipped’ for that !!!!!!!!!!!!!! pppffffttttt – girly men

    • bingbing Says:

      Two points:

      1. You’re SwinishCapitalist?!? G’day!
      2. The one that got away. 😉

  14. Brown Town – a (mini) musical. « The mind is an unexplored country. Says:

    […] Music by Ray Hadley; images by spot_the_dog. […]

    • Gregoryno6 Says:

      Yea verily bing, one and the same.
      I started using the G6 moniker at Redbubble – just one of many at the time.
      Swinish was the last to be retired.

  15. Gregoryno6 Says:

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Thanks for that 🙂

  16. magsx2 Says:

    Thanks for the acknowledging my blogger blog.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      No worries!

  17. spot_the_dog Says:

    Check the updates – look at all the people linking it 🙂
    It’s currently the 8th “most-viewed” video in Australia this week under the “news & politics” category.

    • Merilyn Says:

      Spot you have made the big time, your video is now on pg2 [put up by caz] in reply to Daniel [Piers pet greenie] on the post Cycle of destruction [Piers Akerman]………….views now at 5,697 not bad.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      6,400 now 🙂

    • bingbing Says:

      A mention on Ray’s show, eh? Well done!

      6406, btw…

    • Merilyn Says:

      It’s a hit, Daniel says it is an offence! Then complained that there was no where to leave a remark……..Now if you could just get that other one up that you are blaming tadpole for………heh

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Blame Tadpole.

    • spot_the_dog Says:


    • Merilyn Says:

      Daniel now says you naughty people are “EXTREME”. [Winks back at spot].

    • Carpe Jugulum Says:

      bob brown, henry waxman & Nosferatu……………………………….triplets separated at birth????

      I’m thinking yes.

      Same family features, same poor dentition, one stalks virgins for their blood, one stalks trees to hug and one stalks………………………………… know it makes sense


  18. Sally Says:

    It’s over 10,000 views now! Brilliant work!!!

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      I hadn’t even noticed – thanks for that 🙂
      10,832 views in the first 7 days… now there’s something I didn’t expect! lol

  19. Felicia Says:

    I love this video, so funny! We need to laugh at the Greens once in a while, other wise we’d cry 😦

  20. gregoryno6 Says:

    Back to Bolt, if I may hijack an ageing thread – this really gets up my nose.
    Three million hits.
    “Thanks very much indeed” – but nothing to say about the comments that appear and disappear. Not to mention the trolls who attract as much – if not more – of the commentary as anything Bolt himself writes.
    I hesitate to use the word, but ‘smug’ does seem more than slightly appropriate.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Both Kae and I were a little surprised that some negative comments regarding the recent moderation shenanigans slipped through on that “3 Million” thread – and weren’t later stealth-deleted. It would behoove Bolt to read them and at least acknowledge them.

      Noticed yesterday that only 55 comments were let through on the Open Thread, then the moderators apparently wandered off for an early lunch and never came back…

      And did you noticed that Monday’s open thread had 149 comments by mid-afternoon, then by 8pm almost all of them (120 out of 149) had been deleted without explanation, leaving just 29? No queries about that have been accepted.

      So, yeah – in light of all that, his “3 Million Hitz – I’m Teh AWESOME!” post seemed more than a little “smug”… I’d say “insufferably so.”

    • Merilyn Says:

      Yep a whole page disappeared…………..never to be seen again, and Kae was right about those “hits”.

  21. gregoryno6 Says:

    I saw your comments regarding contributions gone AWOL, but I didn’t realise 120 comments had been wiped from Monday’s thread.
    Perhaps Andrew would explain if someone fronted him on MTR.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      I emailed him about it, including a screencap of the thread @ the 2pm version with 149 comments and a screencap at 7:45pm where the “header” said 94 comments but it was just one page, and if you counted them there were only 29. So, yeah – 120 of them wiped without explanation.

      He didn’t bother to reply. Whatevs.

  22. Gregoryno6 Says:

    Andrew’s taken up with the Yu Sisters. Thankyu and Phukyu.

  23. Carpe Jugulum Says:

    I don’t bother there anymore, the trolls get more page space than the punters who may have a different viewpoint.

    I’d rather post on selective blogs of my choosing then bang my head on the ground until i’m unconscious and then wait to get a post on his site.

    It’s pure conflict not reasoned debate..

  24. Darrin Says:

    This is to stupid for words, Id rather live in “BROWN TOWN” , than in “STUPIDTOWN”, which is where you stupid polluting neoliberals all live.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      “This is to stupid for words”

      “This is to” whom?

    • Carpe Jugulum Says:

      Darrin, stop playing with yourself.

    • Roustabout Says:

      On the other hand, as long as he is playing with HIMSELF, the sheep are safe, so there’s that anyway.

  25. Carpe Jugulum Says:

    Fair call Roustabout, thats hard to argue with.

    Darrin, did you pay attention? Please take the advice of your betters,

    I’m asking you to stop self entertaining and Roustabout is asking you to stop being a potential sheep shagger. (unless there is something you would like to share with the group?)

    That is advice you can put in the bank.

  26. Felicia Ford Says:

    Awesome! Saw this somewhere else and didn’t know who created it, glad I found the source of this genius.

    Love it, it’s so true! The armpit hair is going to give me nightmare but :-/

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