Ian and Becky Blake on The Adelaide Show PodcastTonight we dive into the history and hysterics of Chunky Custard, one of Australia’s most loved and longest running party bands.

Ian and Becky Blake let us into their world for an intimate and frank portrait of what life is like for an entertainment couple who also have a family to raise.

Plus we get to see what makes the Piano Chick tick.

For the Made To Move Minute, Max Martin gives Ian, Becky and us, tips on how to maintain healthy sleep when working unhealthy hours.

Wine tonight is a Pinot Noir from Turon Wines in the Adelaide Hills.

In IS IT NEWS, Nigel quizzes us on our knowledge of custard in South Australian history.

The Adelaide Visa Council features another major media outlet in the dock.

But first, we launch with David Washington from InDaily with his midweek news wrap, Talk Of The Town.

Show notes running sheet by timecode

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00:00:00 Outtake
 Happy Birthday, Mr Steve
Theme and introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.
Talk Of The Town
David Washington, editor of In Daily, gives us a midweek wrap of the news we’ve been talking about in South Australia this week.
00:00:00 Items Without Notice
No items this week.
00:06:42 SA Drink Of The Week
2013 Turon Wines Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills. Tasting notes.
00:15:21 Made To Move Minute

Max Martin from iNform Health and Fitness Solutions, Norwood, present a thoughtful minute for pondering more ways and reasons to get moving and improve your health.

This week: Sleep when working late.

We are not running sponsors during the Fringe BUT we would like to encourage you to make The Arkaba Hotel a meeting place, a function place, a place of escape. Food is great and the staff have been excellent to us for two years of involvement thus far. Highly recommended.
00:20:59 Ian and Becky Blake

Our culture worships dynamic duos, from Batman and Robin to Hans Solo and Chewbacca, and from Simon and Garfunkel to Lennon and McCartney, but tonight we spend an evening with one of South Australia’s own dynamic duos, Ian and Becky Blake, as we go behind the scenes of our country’s greatest party band, Chunky Custard, and we try to get a glimpse of what life is really like behind those costumes.

Becky’s shows: Piano Chick Does Brit Chix

Chunky’s shows: Chunky Custard’s 25th Anniversary Spectacular

01:31:25 Is It News?
The news history quiz with Nigel Dobson-Keeffe.
01:39:18 Adelaide Visa Council
Michael Roddan (@MichaelRoddan) VISA REJECTED
16/02/2016, 6:21 PM
Let’s round up all the Small Australia loons, secede from Adelaide and let them have their own boring little white bread cityMatty King (@LostRockinCrow) VISA REJECTED
17/02/2016, 8:32 AM
DON’T come to #Adelaide! It is so boring and the people are seriously unfriendly!! #CityOfChurches #BunchOfSnobs #WishICouldGetOut #AMAgenda
01:46:40 Musical Pilgrimage
And our song this week, Ode To The Piano Chick by Becky Blake, supplied by Becky Blake herself because she was our guest this week. Next week we’ll return to music selected and endorsed by our musical curator Adrian Miller, from Radio Adelaide’s Monday night program, Songcatcher.
01:54:39 Outtake
 Double bonus: 1. Happy Birthday to the monkey. 2. Becky’s improvised song from our preview video.

Here is this week’s preview video:

Chunky Custard skits

This week’s sponsor

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Here are the original words used to promote our Fringe show

Becky Blake and Ian Blake from Chunky Custard on The Adelaide Show PodcastCome along to our second Adelaide Fringe live recording on Tuesday night, February 23, 2016, from 7-9pm at The Arkaba Hotel, for an intimate and fun evening of conversation with Adelaide’s husband and wife party team, Becky and Ian Blake from Chunky Custard.

When you click through to buy tickets from the Adelaide Fringe website, make sure you choose the right night. And please move quickly because there are only 25 tickets in total.

Chunky Custard

Ian Blake is co-founder of arguably Australia’s favourite party band, Chunky Custard.

It all began as a bit of fun at fancy dress party 25 years ago, and now Chunky Custard has become a legend.

The band’s name came from a sketch on Australia You’re Standing In It, and specialises in 70s and 80s music with special guest stars including:

  • Neil Dime a Dozen
  • Suzi Cointreau on Ice
  • The Village Idiots
  • Billy Icehole
  • John Revolting & Olivia Neutron Bomb
  • Frankenfootlong and the Rocky Horror Show
  • Those Dancing Queen’s from Sweden
  • Patrick Swaybar in Dirty Filthy Dancing

They’ve performed at:

  • Australian Formula One Grand Prix
  • Tamworth Country Music Festival
  • Adelaide Football Club 1997 Grand Final Victory Family Concert
  • Australia Day Concert
  • Melbourne Cup ( Race Eve Concert )
  • and even the Boy Scouts Jamboree

How can a band survive 25 years, let alone with half of that time including a husband and wife duo in Ian and Becky? We’ll find out all the stories and all the tricks on the night.

We’ll also probe their secret to staying young, reinvention and how much discipline goes into to creating fun.

Becky Blake AKA The Piano Chick

In 2012, Becky Blake launched her cabaret show, “Piano Chicks”, at the Adelaide Fringe, and has created a very popular ‘franchise’.

She’ll be back again in 2016 with Piano Chick Does Brit Chix but has found time to join The Adelaide Show to let us into the mind of a performer.

We’ll learn how someone who starts their musical training at 4, avoids becoming a precocious child prodigy, what studying music at Adelaide University is really like, and how she applies all that classical training to Chunky Custard, which she joined in 2001.

We’ll also investigate how someone can give birth and then perform 3 days later!

Grab your Fringe tickets now

When you click through to buy tickets from the Adelaide Fringe website, make sure you choose Tuesday, February 23. There are only 25 in total.

On the night, you’ll get a chance to:

  • add your questions to the mix
  • sample the SA Drink Of The Week
  • participate in the IS IT NEWS historical South Australian trivia quiz
  • pass judgement in the Adelaide Visa Council

It should be an enjoyable night of conversation. Make sure you come early to have a meal at The Arkaba so you can relax and get into the mood.

PS As the night gets closer, this page will also become the running sheet, so you’ll get a sneak peek at what we plan before we record a show.