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"Hot Potato" was the first track off of Yummy Yummy, and is the Wiggles' song that just about anyone can name off the top of their heads.

It was originally written by John William Field, when he thought of it on the spot during The Wiggles' busking years. The song was originally called "Hot Tamales", but it was re-written as "Hot Potato" once it got a studio release.

This song (especially the 1998 recording) has become the most popular Wiggles' song. It has been performed at just about every Wiggles' concert known, and it's the song that people mostly associate The Wiggles with.

Origins

Music

Songwriting

After visiting a grocery store, the Wiggles decided to write a song about three kinds of food. It's about hot potatoes, cold spaghetti, and mashed bananas.

Adaptation

The Wiggles adapted it from The Cockroaches' Hot Tamale song.

Rewriting Lyrics from Hot Tamale

The Wiggles rewrote the lyrics from Hot Tamale so it made more sense.

Production

Songwriting

Murray, Jeff, Anthony, and John wrote the music for the song and John and Greg wrote the lyrics for the song.

Arranging the Music from Hot Tamale

Recording

Greg sings lead while Greg Truman sings backing. Murray plays the bass, Peter Mackie plays the acoustic guitar, Jeff plays the piano and Tony Henry plays the drums.

Song Credits

1994 Version

1997/1998 Version

  • Original Music: John Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page, John Field
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Music Adaptation: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Publisher: EMI Music/Wiggly Tunes

Lyrick Studios Trailer Version

  • Music: John Field
  • Arrangement: Joe Phillips
  • Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Publisher: Lyrick Studios

Karaoke Songs 1 Version

  • Music: John Field
  • Lyrics: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Publisher: EMI Music/Wiggly Tunes

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

  • Original Music: John Field
  • Lyrics: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Music Adaptation: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

Play Piano with The Wiggles Version

  • Original Music: John Field
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Music Adaptation: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

ReWiggled - A Tribute To The Wiggles Version

  • Music: John Field
  • Lyrics: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Arrangement: ?
  • Original Idea: ?
  • Music Adaptation: ?
  • Publisher: ?

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

  • Original Music: John Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page, John Field
  • Arrangement: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Music Adaptation: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

Guitar-aoke September 2016 Cover

  • Music: John Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page, John Field
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Dillon Hunt
  • Publisher: ?

2017 Version

  • Original Music: John Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page, John Field
  • Arrangement: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Music Adaptation: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

Musicians

Yummy Yummy 1994 Version

Wiggledance! Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field
  • Bass/Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt

The Wiggles Movie Version

Yummy Yummy 1998 Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Paul Paddick, Greg Truman
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Bass/Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt

1998 Live Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Paul Paddick, Greg Truman
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Bass/Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Piano/Organ - Jeff Fatt

Taiwanese Version

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

Karaoke Songs 1 Version

  • Backing Vocals: Murray Cook, Greg Truman
  • Drums: Tony Henry
  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar: Murray Cook
  • Piano: Jeff Fatt

Wiggledancing! Live in Concert Version

  • Lead Vocals - Sam Moran
  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Paul Paddick, Greg Truman
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • Electric Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt

Dorothy the Dinosaur's Beach Party Version

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

  • Lead Vocals - Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce
  • Backing Vocals - Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • First Violins - Peter Edwards, Sarah Curro, Jacqueline Edwards, Peter Fellin, Deborah Goodall, Lorraine Hook, Cameron Jamieson, Kirstin Kenny, Ji Won Kim, Eleanor Mancini, Anne Martonyi, Michelle Ruffolo and Kathryn Taylor
  • Second Violins - Matthew Tomkins, Monica Curro, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Francesca Hiew, Rachel Homburg, Christine Johnson, Isy Wasserman, Philippa West, Patrick Wong and Roger Young
  • Violas - Lauren Brigden, Katharine Brockman, Christopher Cartlidge, Ceridwen Davies, Gabrielle Halloran, Trevor Jones, Simon Oswell and Caleb Wright
  • Cellos - Nicholas Bochner, Miranda Brockman, Rohan de Korte, Keith Johnson, Sarah Morse, Angela Sargeant and Michelle Wood
  • Double Basses - Sylvia Hosking, Rohan Dasika, Benjamin Hanlon, Suzanne Lee and Stephen Newton
  • Trumpets - Shane Hooton, Callum G'Froerer and Julie Payne
  • Trombones - Brett Kelly, Kenneth McClimont, Kieran Conrau and Mike Szabo
  • Percussion - Robert Clarke, John Arcaro and Robert Cossom
  • Piano/Celeste - Louisa Breen and Amir Farid

Guitar-aoke September 2016 Cover

  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Paul Paddick, Greg Truman
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Bass/Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Electric Guitar - Dillon Hunt
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt

Listen

01 Hot Potato

Song Lyrics

Hot Potato, Hot Potato

Hot Potato, Hot Potato

Hot Potato, Hot Potato, Potato, Potato, Potato, Potato

Cold Spaghetti, Cold Spaghetti (cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti)

Cold Spaghetti, Cold Spaghetti (cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti)

Cold Spaghetti, Cold Spaghetti (spaghetti) Spaghetti (spaghetti) Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti

(Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy) (Gimme that, Gimme that, Gimme that food!)

(Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy) (Gimme that, Gimme that!)

Mashed Banana, Mashed Banana (mashed banana, mashed banana)

Mashed Banana, Mashed Banana (mashed banana, mashed banana)

Mashed Banana, Mashed Banana (banana) Banana (banana) Banana, Banana, Banana

(Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy) (Gimme that, Gimme that, Gimme that food!)

(Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy Whoo wiggy-wiggy-wiggy) (Gimme that, Gimme that!)

Hot Potato, Hot Potato, (hot potato, hot potato)

Hot Potato, Hot Potato (hot potato, hot potato)

Hot Potato, Hot Potato (potato) Potato (potato) Potato, Potato, Potato

Whoo!

Gallery

Trivia

  • In late 1996, The Wiggles put in a different instrumental track for the song.
  • In 1998 concerts from February to September, Captain Feathersword tickles the Wiggles during the chorus and third verse.
  • The Taiwanese version is called Sweet Corn because potatoes are not eaten as commonly in Taiwan.
  • Most instrumental versions such as the one on Play Piano with The Wiggles sound the same as the one in the 1994 version. Musical director from "Barney the Dinosaur" Joe Phillips did the music for the US trailer of The Wiggles.
  • During the rewriting of Hot Tamale being changed to Hot Potato. they changed the word Tamale to Potato then It's a song about Hot Potato then not about Hot Tamales. so after the rewriting with the lyrics, they adapted & arranged the music from a Cockroaches Song called Hot Tamale, which was written by Anthony's brother John.

Appearances

Video Performances

Episode Appearances

Album Appearances

Medley Performances

Video

Guitar-aoke - Hot Potato01:21

Guitar-aoke - Hot Potato

Guitar-aoke cover

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