Today marked 5 years since we stood on the Idols stage and pretended to sing and play fake instruments on live TV.
This moment in Streep history is one that fans often ask us about, so here are some answers to our frequently asked Idols questions:
How Far Did You Get On Idols?
It’s a common and completely understandable question, but it’s usually asked by people who only saw the finale. The fact is that we never entered Idols – we were simply asked by the producers to create a comedy song about the show, and then were invited to play it to the judges in the audition phase. When it proved popular, we were asked back for the final show. So in a sense, whilst we were never in the competition, we made it to the very end.
Were You Miming?
Oh yes, 100%. But it wasn’t our first choice. In the audition there was no easy way of quickly setting up a full band in front of the judges, so we thought the best way to bring across our full sound was to mime to a recording as it would be faster, clearer and less of a strain on the sound editors. But that introduced the moral dilemma of miming, and because we didn’t want to pull a Milli Vanilli on South Africa, we decided to make it blatant that we were miming by playing clearly fake instruments that would have never produced the sound you were hearing.
When it came to preparations for the finale, the producers actually asked us to mime to make the sound dynamics of the live event easier, and it wouldn’t come across as being too weird because it had already been established in the audition. We were still afraid of any Vanilli backlash, so we decided to make it even more obvious by making references to lip syncing in the opening lines.
How Did You Get Away With Insulting The Show?
This is where we have to give the producers a lot of credit. When we got the call to write a song about Idols, they gave us permission to say whatever we wanted to, and in fact encouraged us not to hold back. They even specifically said we could mention the embarrassing voting incident from the year before – essentially, we had complete free reign. And they held true to their word. They accepted the first version of the song we pitched, and were incredibly generous in the way they treated us throughout the process.
We’re just over half way through January and it feels like things are about to get busy here at Streep Industries. (Not a real company.)
We’ve got some shows coming up in early February at Cape Town Comedy Club, we have a super secretive project we can’t tell you about (so don’t even bother asking), and we’re gearing up for a whopping three shows at the Grahamstown Festival this year – more on that in a couple of weeks.
But if you’re feeling a little under-Streeped right now, then the good news is that The Brothers Streep Show is back after a two week break, and you can listen to that here. Enjoy!
In anticipation of the new Stars Wars, and in celebration of the original, we created a musical mash-up tribute to one of the Rebel Alliance’s veteran BTL Y-wing starfighter pilots… Davish Krail aka Pops aka Gold Five.
Simon Mayo’s podcast greetings have been reminding us of our favourite felt friends, so we couldn’t resist splicing together an opening song for Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review Podcast. Mark and Simon, if you end up reading this, please feel free to use it on the show – we’d be honoured.
Of course, if it’s not possible to use this to open the podcast, then we’ll happily settle for ringtone consideration. How do you make this song your ringtone? You just make it your ringtone. You can download the MP3 here.
If you’ve yet to discover the joys of Wittertainment, be sure to click here to start listening to the BBC’s Flagship Film Programme today. Of course, other podcasts are available.
It’s #10YearsOfStreep and we have a special video for you!
We know it’s a long one, so whether you’re new to the band, or have supported us from the beginning, grab a cup of tea (or a Steri Stumpie) and enjoy this fun look back over the first decade of Streep…
We’re four episodes in to The Brothers Streep Show and it’s looking like this new podcast series is off to a good start! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #streepshow, and who knows, maybe you’ll feature in next week’s episode.
You can listen to, or download, this week’s episode here.
This week’s podcast was recorded in studio because we were also recording a new Christmas single. Click here to download the podcast, and if you listen long enough, you’ll be treated to an exclusive sneak peak at the single we’ll be releasing tomorrow…
Is it worth sitting through almost an hour of nonsense for a two minute song? Guess you’re about to find out!