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Reddit Users Have Compiled The Most Cringe Moments In Aus Music History, And It’s A Lot

"The hottest 100 where a presenter called Sicko Mode 'the Bohemian Rhapsody of our generation'.”

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Australia seems to create more than its fair share of cringeworthy moments, particularly when it comes to musicians — if you’ve ever tuned into one of The Project’s music interviews, you know the pain of watching a train crash slowly take place in front of you.

And now, it’s laid out for all to see. Over the last few days, people on the popular triple j subreddit have been diligently cataloging the most teeth-gritting awkward moments in Australian music history, and it’s quite a lot to take in.

“Just for a bit of fun, I made a list of a few of those moments in Australian music where you just wondered…what were they thinking?” user @powerful_nectarine_ wrote a few days ago. They go on to namecheck moments like Birds of Tokyo covering Kendrick Lamar, Alex Dyson and PNAU’s awkward KFC sponcon, and this tweet by noted funky man Chet Faker:

The thread was soon flooded by dozens of examples — like when Matt Okine was forced to do his standup routine in front of legendary comedian Chris Rock, or every time someone rings up Dr Karl and asks how big his penis is (ffs), and the Rubens mashing up Kendrick Lamar’s ‘King Kunta’ with Adele’s ‘Hello’ for Like A Version.

And, of course, the infamous moment former breakfast presenter Ben Harvey jokingly referred to Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ as the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ of our times — a joke which truly flew over the heads of the suddenly very pissed off triple j listeners.

Read through the full thread here, and get your nails and chalkboard ready.