Ben and Liam take shots at Triple M following recent triple j privatisation rumours

Written by Bianca Davino on 21st June, 2018
Ben and Liam take shots at Triple M following recent triple j privatisation rumours

Last week, it was reported that the Liberal government recently held a vote in favour of selling public broadcaster triple j. As the Industry Observer noted, a multitude of changes would occur if the station were to face privatisation, including the presence of ads and a lessened focus on fostering homegrown artists.

For dedicated listeners of the j, it sounds like a pretty awful idea. If you were worried your favourite youth broadcaster might become yet another Ed Sheeran streaming service,  Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield noted on Hack that the station’s privatisation isn’t going to happen.

With all the chatter of commercialisation becoming a possibility, it seems morning presenters Ben and Liam have received an insight into what the station might sound like if privatisation were to occur. Back in March last year, the hilarious duo took shots at Triple M’s “meat pie footy accadacca culture” with the characters “Shitstick” and “Zipper”

Yesterday, it looked as though “Shitstick” and “Zipper” “slid into their DMs” to give them a taste of what the future may have held for triple j.

Check it out for yourself:






With all this talk of privatisation, this demo slid into @benandliam’s DMs.

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In March last year, the two first gifted the world with “Shitstick” and “Zipper” as they “tuned into” another un-named radio station.

Listen to Ben and Liam “tune in” to Triple M:



Earlier this month, The Industry Observer revealed the 50 most played tracks on triple j this year so far, with Jack River’s electrifying ‘Ballroom’  taking out the title as is the most played Australian track of the year. Wollongong’s Hockey Dad are the most played artist overall, with two of their tracks of 2018’s Blend Inn taking positions in the top 25.

triple j’s 50 most played tracks of 2018:


1. I Can’t Quit – The Vaccines – 159

2. raingurl –  Yaeji – 156

3. Stir Fry – Migos – 142

4. Ballroom – Jack River –  139

5. How To Socialise & Make Friends – Camp Cope – 137

6. Polygraph Eyes – Yungblud – 135

7. Missing Me – Angie McMahon – 133

8. About You – G Flip – 132

9. Disappear (feat. Lynn Gunn) – Tonight Alive – 131

10. UFO (feat. Allday) – Mallrat – 130

11. Fake ID – Riton & Kah-Lo – 125

12. Chasing Stars (feat. Bertie Blackman) – Alice Ivy – 125

13. Need You (feat. NÏKA) – Flight Facilities – 124

14. Church – Alison Wonderland – 124

15. Mainland – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – 123

16. Confidence – Ocean Alley – 123

17. All The Stars (feat. SZA) – Kendrick Lamar – 123

18. Dominos – Last Dinosaurs – 122

19. Loving Is Easy (feat. Benny Sings) – Rex Orange County – 121

20. Hear This – Jarami – 121

21. I Wanna Be Everybody – Hockey Dad – 121

22. Wasted – Peking Duk – 121

23. We’re Going Home – Vance Joy – 121

24. Stuck In Orbit (feat. BUOY) – What So Not – 120

25. Join The Club – Hockey Dad – 120

26. In The City – Nyxen – 120

27. Further Than The Planes Fly – Eves Karydas – 120

28. Hey Heartbreaker – Dream Wife – 118

29. Ritalin – Ruby Fields – 117

30. Get Out – Chvrches – 117

31. Symphony (feat. Teddy Jackson) – Towkio – 116

32. Mistake – Middle Kids – 116

33. God’s Plan – Drake – 114

34. Get To Know (feat. Winston Surfshirt) – Cosmo’s Midnight – 113

35. Changed My Mind – Tove Styrke – 113

36. Panic Room – Au Ra & Camelphat – 113

37. Nameless, Faceless – Courtney Barnett – 113

38. Sweet Dreams – BØRNS – 113

39. 1950 – King Princess – 112

40. Falling Out – Golden Features – 112

41. Cheetah Tongue – The Wombats – 112

42. Pineapple Skies – Miguel – 110

43. After The Storm (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins) – Kali Uchis – 110

44. WOW – Kwame – 110

45. Don’t You Know I’m In A Band – Confidence Man – 109

46. Trigger Bang (feat. Giggs) – Lily Allen – 109

47. Short Hair – Tiny Little Houses – 109

48. 14U+14ME – The Presets – 109

49. White Flag – Bishop Briggs – 108

50. Carrie (I Want A Girl) – Moaning Lisa – 108

The article was originally published on Tone Deaf

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