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"Hot Potato" was the first track off of Yummy Yummy.

It was originally written by John William Field during The Wiggles' busking years. The song was originally called "Hot Tamale", 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.

Song Credits

1994 Version

1997/1998 Version

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

  • Composed by: John Field
  • Written and Arranged by: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Musical Arrangements: The Wiggles, Dominic Lindsay
  • Produced by: Anthony Field
  • Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by: Robin Gist
  • Recorded at: Sydney Entertainment Centre
  • Mixed and Mastered at: Electric Avenue Studios
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes
  • Copyright: Universal Music Group

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

2017 Version

  • Composed by: John Field
  • Written by: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Arranged by: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Produced by: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie
  • Engineered and Mixed by: Alex Keller
  • Mastered by: Don Bartley
  • Recorded at: Hot Potato Studios
  • Mastered at: Studio 301
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

Musicians

Yummy Yummy 1994 Version

  • Vocals: Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals: The Wiggles
  • Drums/Percussion: Tony Henry
  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • 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/Guitars: Murray Cook
  • Piano: Jeff Fatt

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

  • Lead Vocals: Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce
  • Backing Vocals: Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Strings: 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, Matthew Tomkins, Monica Curro, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Francesca Hiew, Rachel Homburg, Christine Johnson, Isy Wasserman, Philippa West, Patrick Wong and Roger Young, Lauren Brigden, Katharine Brockman, Christopher Cartlidge, Ceridwen Davies, Gabrielle Halloran, Trevor Jones, Simon Oswell and Caleb Wright, Nicholas Bochner, Miranda Brockman, Rohan de Korte, Keith Johnson, Sarah Morse, Angela Sargeant and Michelle Wood, Sylvia Hosking, Rohan Dasika, Benjamin Hanlon, Suzanne Lee and Stephen Newton
  • Brass: Shane Hooton, Callum G'Froerer and Julie Payne, Brett Kelly, Kenneth McClimont, Kieran Conrau and Mike Szabo
  • Percussion: Robert Clarke, John Arcaro and Robert Cossom
  • Piano: Louisa Breen

2017 Version

  • Lead Vocals: Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Guitars: Anthony Field
  • Bass: Alex Keller
  • Piano: Lachlan Gillespie
  • Drums: Jackie Barnes

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

Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy, Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy

Gimmie that, Gimmie that, Gimmie that food

Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy, Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy

Gimmie that, Gimmie 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, Banana, Banana

Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy, Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy

Gimmie that, Gimmie that, Gimmie that food

Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy, Wow wiggy wiggy wiggy

Gimmie that, Gimmie 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.
  • The song was written on the spot by John Field when he and the four Wiggles would busk in the early days. The song was intended as a response to the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Rag Doll, and was originally called Hot Tamale. According to Murray, the Wiggles believed that many children would not know what a Tamale is, so they changed it to the more universal Hot Potato. Other verses cold spaghetti and mashed banana followed.
  • This song is included in the Just Dance Kids video game by Ubisoft, which was released on November 9, 2010.
  • The music that uses this song was originally written by John Field who was in The Cockroaches in the 80s.
  • An instrumental track is played over the credits of the Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles 2010 DVD.

Appearances

Video Performances

Episode Appearances

Album Appearances

Medley Performances

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