The man who coined the short, snappy Australian epithet “good stuff” has died just a day short of what would have been his 40th birthday.
Niles “Good Stuff” Stanton, a no-hoper baker’s assistant with multiple drug dealer and supplier convictions, died in his home in Orange in regional New South Wales last night when his lab exploded as he mixed up his latest batch of methamphetamines to peddle to the region’s addicts.
While “good stuff” as a short phrase expressing the high quality or something is now in common usage by Australians – and especially television personalities always keen to talk up segments or comments on their programs – its origins date back to when Stanton first dabbled in drugs in his final year at North Orange Primary School.
As kids walked home after school, a pimply-faced, eleven-year-old Stanton would wave small packets of marijuana in their faces and his pitch was always short and simple: “Good stuff”.
His message never wavered in the decades that followed as he moved into adulthood and onto harder drugs – cocaine, heroin and crystal meth – as he worked the bars and clubs of the town with a pat of his hand on a trouser pocket and the simple whispered message: “Good stuff”.
In fact, last night, Stanton’s neighbours have told police they definitely heard him shout out “good stuff!” moments before his little weatherboard bungalow was blown apart.
In Melbourne, the on-air talent on ABC TV’s News Breakfast set this morning paid tribute to Stanton by not using “good stuff” once. The show ended early at 8.31am.
And tonight’s episode of Millionaire Hot Seat is expected to run overtime and eat into the Channel 9 6pm news by quite some minutes when host Eddie McGuire takes the exact opposite approach as his way of paying homage to Stanton’s creation by using “good stuff” twice as much as usual.
Below: Bug archival footage of News Breakfast before COVID-19 struck.