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Willy Nilly – The 12th Man's Biggest Hits
(2 CD)

The 12th Man


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In a career spanning more than 30 years, Billy Birmingham’s comedy creation – The 12th Man – has become one of the most successful spoken-word recording artists in the world, with sales in excess of two million albums in Australia alone, the 12th man is the only Australian recording artist in history to have seven consecutive number one albums on the aria charts. He is a multi-ARIA Award winner, including the most prestigious ARIA for highest selling album of the year.

It seems fair to ask – where else but in Australia could someone achieve that level of success with a series of non-musical recordings that take the mickey out of sport? In what country, other than Australia, could a spoken-word recording artist spend over 30 years at the top of the album charts, right alongside the Barneseys, Farneseys, Kylies, Oils, Madonnas, Chisels, U2s and other international music royalty. It says a lot about Australia really – but no one knows exactly what!

The 12th man’s much loved comedy masterpieces have mainly focused on cricketing and commentating legend Richie Benaud and his fellow Channel Nine cricket commentators, but his ‘Wired World of Sports’ albums also feature a menagerie of sports presenters and sportspeople from around the globe. Into their collective mouths, Birmingham has put words their mothers would probably have washed out with soap, as well as quips, comments, twists, stumbles, asides and observations that a commentator would never, ever dream of unleashing anywhere near a microphone. Such has the 12th man cult become over the years that many of his most inspiring utterances have become part of the language. Kids hurl them across playgrounds, adults across workplaces and sporting fields.

CD 1
Classic Commentary Competition
England v India (1987- 88)
Chappelli's Plays of the Month
Big Merv's Big Guts
Rick Diznek
Pearce off Jack
Straight Down his Throat
Marvellous 1990
Australia v Sri Lanka 1991
Richie's Nightmare
Name Pronunciation Lessons
"Bear" at the Sports Desk
Boony's Player Comfort
England v Sri Lanka 1999
Corm Down Bull

CD 2
Commentary Box Hijack
Crackcam Says..Gawn!
Bill's Proboscotomy
Max and Rabs Auditions
Bill Lawry..Tributes
Tony's Hair Hat
Reg Warren and Tommy Raudonikis
Tubby and Hansie
Henri Porte
Bill's Nose Job
Bruce 2000
Boned By Phone
Kerry's Heavenly Advice
Bill v Tony 2006
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Catalogue Number 3764299
Artist The 12th Man
Genre Comedy
Number of Discs 2
Release Date From 22/11/2013

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