David Speers, the host of ABC TV’s Sunday morning chat show Insiders, has released a debut album that also features tracks by News Corp Australia’s foreign affairs writer Greg Sheridan.
Speers said he had at first resisted the urge to record the Interruptions album (main picture) but when he considered the body of work he had assembled in just the few months after taking over hosting duties from veteran journalist Barrie Cassidy it was obvious to him that an album was justified.
“Both the ABC and I recognised that I’ve done some of my best interruptions since taking over from Barrie,” he said.
“I’ve certainly been prolific in that regard, there’s no doubt about it. So in the end it was a simple decision to go ahead with the album.
“But then came the hard task of sifting through hundreds of interruptions to find those that deserved to be on the album.
“Fans of Insiders will recognise many of my more popular interruptions such as I Think You’ve Covered That Senator Wong, and Can You Answer the Question Senator Keneally, or Let’s Move On Tanya Plibersek.”
Speers said he was pleased that The Australian’s foreign editor Greg Sheridan came on board to fill out the album with a couple of his big hits.
“It was great fun performing the backing trumpet on Greg’s tracks,” Speers said. “I think we always work well together on Insiders — almost as if we are performing duets.
“It’s also great to offer fans a few of the regular pieces Greg performs when he’s on Insiders such as The ABC Never Airs Any Right Wing Opinions, plus Let Me Soak Up ‘Final Observations’ With Tedious Right-Wing Droning, or Climate Change is an Extremist Myth Peddled by the ABC, and Despite the ABC’s Campaign Against Him George Pell Is Innocent of Everything.
“Of course we couldn’t leave off one of Greg’s most recent performances, Let Me Talk On and On So Much That Speersie Runs Out of Time to Let Annabel Crabb Challenge My Tissue-Thin Claims.
“That was a big hit with viewers and I’m so glad to be able to bring it to fans who’ll be able to enjoy it over and over again.
“I look forward to having Greg back on Insiders again and again so he can lambast the ABC for never giving right-wingers a go. And maybe we’ll make another album together very soon,” he said.
Interruptions can be downloaded by visiting ABC Music.