The Wiggles - NASA (lost footage of National Aeronautics and Space Administration performance; 2004)
The Wiggles is a popular children's group that formed in 1991 in Sydney, Australia. They are known for their hits Hot Potato, Get Ready To Wiggle, Fruit Salad and many others. Between 1991 and 1998, they mostly released albums and videos and toured heavily and would gain popularity in Australia. By the turn of the century, the group gained globe popularity and their albums, videos, television shows and tours would become hugely successful.
The group was on Tour in North America to promote their albums Top Of The Tots and Cold Spaghetti Western in August 2004 and the group was invited to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This was not the first time the group went to NASA as a month earlier they filmed a music video for the song Walking On The Moon that would be used in the video It's Time To Wake Up Jeff that would be released in 2006 (prologue with Mike Fincke was filmed later in 2004).
They communicated with Astronaut Mike Fincke who was in space since April 18, 2004 with Fincke's four year old son Chandra and then two month old sister Tarali Paulina. The group put on a performance of various songs for Fincke, one of those songs being Hot Potato (the group's most popular song) and the group was given a tour of the Space Center as well as Mission Control and the astronaut training facilities. The call to Fincke and performance was broadcasted on NASA Television on August 5, 2004.
No footage from the call or performance has resurfaced. Details on what other songs were performed on that day is also unknown and the only known song to have been performed was Hot Potato. A lot of photos taken by the press from the call have resurfaced and have become very popular when the topic of the NASA visit came up. When the group was interviewed by A Current Affair about the then upcoming reunion shows for Bushfire Relief, Greg showed off one of the spacesuits from the Walking On The Moon video and mentioned the visit to NASA and the performance. When promoting the event on NASA's website, one screenshot of Fincke miming the "Cold Spaghetti" gesture was shown. Many photos of the group in custom made spacesuits have been passed around, but are mostly for promotion for the Walking On The Moon video.
On August 4, 2021, Anthony Field revealed on Twitter that footage from the call and performance will be uploaded to the group's YouTube channel as part of their ongoing Unreleased NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Specials series that began in late 2020. Field later revealed to a Twitter user that there was more footage that has yet to be seen or documented.
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- The Wiggles Live at Disneyland (found Australian TV special; 1998)
- The Wiggles Big Show (partially lost footage of Melbourne performance; 1997)
- Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (partially found original version of music video from album; 1996)
- Wake Up Jeff! (partially found original version of Wiggles video; 1996)
- A Wiggle Tale: Dorothy the Dinosaur Goes to Hospital (found promotional VHS tape; 1999)
- The Wiggles (partially found alternate versions of episodes of children's show; 1998-2011)
- The Wiggles Series One (partially lost deleted scenes of children's live action series; 1997-1998)
- The Wiggles Show (partially found animated songs from children's show; mid 2000s)
- The Wiggles (lost unaired ABC pilot featuring children's group; 1995)
- Wiggly Party Live in Concert (partially found footage of Vodafone Arena performance; 2001)
- The Wiggles (partially lost widescreen versions of children's videos; 2002-2004)
- The Wiggles Show (partially found Latin American adaptation of children's series; 2006)
- Let's Wiggle (partially found short series for children's band; 1997-1999)
- The Wiggles (partially found Taiwanese adaptation of children's series; 2003-2007)
- Yule Be Wiggling Christmas Show (lost footage of The Wiggles live performance; 2000; existence unconfirmed)
- Toot Toot Show! (partially lost footage of The Wiggles performance; 1998)
- Getting Strong! (partially found original version of Wiggles video; 2006)
- Santa's Rockin'! Concert (partially found footage of The Wiggles performance; 2004)
- Wiggly Safari Show (partially found footage of The Wiggles performances; 2002)
- Wiggledancing! Live On Stage (partially found pro-shot recordings of concert tour; 2006)
- Greatest Hits In The Round (partially lost Acer Arena performance of The Wiggles; 2010)
- Dancing Ride (found The Wiggles music video; 2001)
- LIVE Hot Potatoes! (found uncut version of Wiggles video; 2005)
- Overture Introductions (lost pre-show videos from The Wiggles tour; 2004)
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