Hear Tripod sing about you in The Writers' Room
One of our fondest memories of the legendary Australian musical comedy trio Tripod was the brilliant Song in an Hour segment they did on triple j in the early-2000s.
In it, they would hastily cobble together a song about just about anything and it would always be bloody hilarious. Well, that's what we reckon. They're not quite so sure.
"One in three was great," Gatesy told Double J's Myf Warhurst. "One in three took off. One in three was just average, and one in three meant a very quiet ride in the lift back down..."
Good news: we've spoken to Tripod and convinced them to bring it back! As of next week, Tripod will start their new segment, The Writers' Room. On one condition, though. We have to give them a whole day to finish the songs these days.
"We're a bit older," Scod said. "No one needs that kind of stress anymore."
There's another twist – the songs are going to be about you. Yes, you! Or, at least, a topic of your choosing.
"We love writing songs and we particularly like it when we don't have to come up with the idea in the first place," Scod said. "Also, a lot of the time out there in the world we have people say 'you should write a song about this'. So we're sick of fighting it. Let's do this."
Tripod want you to send in your story, or at least an idea for a song, and each Thursday they'll have a crack at writing it and playing it live on Double J on the Friday afternoon.
Does it have to be funny?
"Oh no, we can do sad songs," Yon said. "We should keep this really open. If you've got something you're working through, we can provide a sort of therapeutic service. That's what I'm hoping."
Here's what they've given us so far:
This Week: Week Seven
We've come to the final ediditon of The Writers' Room (for now, at least) and the Tripod lads snuck a special surprise in for their last song.
Rather than taking the story of a Double J listenr, as they have done for the past six weeks, the band went rogue and chose their own topic. Namely: our host Myf Warhurst.
This punkish, kinda gory but totally sweet ode to Myf is such a beautiful end to what has been an amazing series of The Writers' Room. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have.
Earlier, in the Writers' Room...
Any concerns about Tripod being a bit rusty after not being challenge to hastily write a song for some years need not have worried. They smashed it out of the park in week one.
Double J listener Emma asked the boys to write a song for her ex-partner Jeremy. It's not the most romantic song in the world, but those harmonies alone would win us over. As you can hear, Emma was pretty stoked with the results too.
Tripod's second challenge was a very tough one. Double J listener Heather lost her husband Bernie earlier this year and reached out to us to have Tripod write a song in tribute to her partner.
The band took the challenge on headfirst, easily proving their versatility as songwriters. It's a sad but beautiful and touching lilting ballad.
"He'd be so proud up there," Heather said.
There's no tip-toeing around the subject of Tripod's latest song on The Writers' Room. Having a bird shit on your head absolutely sucks. Double J listener Adrian knows that better than anyone.
Here is his tale of woe:
"I was nine years old. Was having a wonderful, energetic day in school, being awesome at two-square and impressing my friends with my mad footy skills. Little did I know that, in the middle of finishing my bag of Twisties, it struck.
"A sinister seagull, jealous of my acquired cheesy treats, took the biggest shit on my head and I did not even notice.
"I went through the entirety of lunch, my forehead hair doused in the orange, golden goop of that fucking bird's stool. I got as far as three minutes before the bell when I looked at my reflection in the classroom window and saw the monstrosity.
"I made a beeline to the boy's toilets, doing my absolute best at keeping attention off my crown of seagull excrement. I cried as I washed the poo out of my hair, there was so much. But it wasn't just the poo that made me sad, it was the fact that not one person told me I had been used as target practice."
Tripod took this tale of woe and turned it into an amazing power ballad that they have called 'Maybe One Day'. Hear it below and make sure you stick around to hear the live fade out.
Tripod wanted to write their fourth Writers' Room song about someone's first pash. Who were we to argue?
Zoe very bravely shared her story. We say bravely, not because she opened up about the intimacy of the act, but because she admitted to her questionable music taste at the time.
"It was to Milli Vanilli's 'Blame it On the Rain'," she admitted. "The song was massive. My first boyfriend/first pash and I loved the song like everyone else. Our relationship however could not survive the lip-syncing scandal and we broke up soon after it was exposed that Milli Vanilli were frauds. We were 13. Heartbroken."
Hopefully Tripod have repaired that heartbreak somewhat with their beautifully soulful 'Love Is A Lie'. Hear it below:
Tripod wanted to know about your worst job for this week's Writers' Room.
As soon as they read about the job Rachael from Carnarvon had to do while doing an internship during her undergrad studies in France, they knew they had to write about it.
"I used to take mice out of cages, arrange them in little plastic cubes on a steel mesh, and try to poke their feet with a range of microfilaments to see when they felt pain. I had to do this from underneath so that they wouldn't see me. Naturally ended up covered in mouse everything. Six hours a day."
The band took a very interesting approach, writing a kind of '70s prog song that we're calling 'So Many Pricks'.
Tripod wanted to hear what life advice you would give your younger self if that was somehow something that was possible (it's not). They promised to take the best advice and put it to music. Little did we know what would eventuate.
Robbie from Erskineville got in touch with some fantastic advice about how the first love of his life would break his heart, but how that was a good thing.
"Your first love Deirdre will eventually break your heart. And that will hurt. But in the long run you'll realise that she taught you some great life lessons – and a few tricks you'll never forget.
Oh, and go a bit lighter on the gel. You look like an accident in a plastics factory."
Turns out we already knew Robbie from Erskineville. It was ABC 702 breakfast host and former triple j presenter Robbie Buck. So he came into the studio to hear the song performed live. He might have been expecting laughs, but it actually turned out to be incredibly touching. Listen to it below:
You might not quite relate to the mouse handling, but some of you can probably get behind the big crescendo of 'I work with so many pricks...'