Politics And Music

While we are all given the opportunity to let our hair down once in a while by bellowing our tonsils down an omnidirectional microphone, when it comes from a person in the public eye, it’s more entertaining.

Tony Abbott

Exhibit A: former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

While I try and steer clear from any type of political bits and pieces, this takes the cake for ‘it’s not me, it’s you’. Karaoke is meant to be fun, and not to be taken too seriously. At a christmas party held by the National Party, the former PM decided to hop on stage and crank out a little Elvis Presley with Suspicious Minds. Especially with the way he was kicked out of government, the song title is a little co-incidental. You can read the full story at the Sydney Morning Herald here.

Suspicious Minds: Tony Abbott sings karaoke

After a difficult final week to the political year, Tony Abbott grabbed a microphone and let off some steam at the National Party's Christmas drinks. His song of choice? Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds.

Posted by The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To help you clear your head, here’s a more modern version of Suspicious Minds from Viva Elvis.

But it’s not the first time politicians have attempted to sing. Who could forget former Treasurer Peter Costello taking the mickey out of MP and former Midnight Oil lead singer Peter Garrett by quoting lyrics from their song Beds Are Burning.

Minister Craig Emerson attempting to promote all is good in the ‘hood of Whyalla” by singing out of key and time to Skyhooks‘ Horror Movie.

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke belting out a rendition of Waltzing Matilda.

 At least they’re not dancin… oh wait…



Owner and Operator of Wireless Fodder. Lover of Australian pop culture, comedy, and obscurities. Works in Australian media, enjoys a beer or three. Happily married to an American.

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