Ready for This?

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Ready For This?
Live album by
Released20 July 2009
RecordedDecember 2008
Tim Minchin chronology
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Ready For This?
Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra

Ready for This? is the third solo comedy album released by the Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin. It was recorded during Minchin's show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during December 2008.[1]

The album has received high praise from reviewers with Chortle describing part of the epic beat poem Storm as "the most succinct, unarguable rejoinder to 'alternative medicine' that you will find anywhere" [2] and Rave magazine describing the chorus of "Prejudice" as a "winning refrain".[3]

One of the more contentious songs on the album is "The Song for Phil Daoust", about the Guardian writer who gave Minchin one of his very first bad reviews after seeing him at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005.[4] Minchin has stated in interviews that he decided to use Daoust's real name as it was crucial to the material being "shocking".[5] According to Times Online, the song "addresses the awkward relationship between critic and performer with gleeful venom".[6]

During the live performances of "Bears Don't Dig on Dancing", Minchin would call an audience member up on stage to dress up in a bear costume and break dance during the song.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ready for This?" (4:52)
  2. "Prejudice" (6:47)
  3. "I Love Jesus" (2:20)
  4. "The Good Book" (4:38)
  5. "If I Didn't Have You" (5:06)
  6. "Confessions" (6:30)
  7. "Canvas Bags" (3:39)
  8. "The Interval Song" (0:57)
  9. "Bears Don't Dig on Dancing" (3:55)
  10. "The Song for Phil Daoust" (2:44)
  11. "YouTube Lament" (2:29)
  12. "Storm" (9:45)
  13. "Dark Side" (9:12)
  14. "White Wine in the Sun" (10:20)
  15. "Encore" [bonus track] (0:28)

"White Wine in the Sun" campaign[edit]

In December 2009, the track "White Wine in the Sun", which depicts Minchin's experience of Australian Christmas, was released as a downloadable single online. Fans on Minchin's official forum launched a campaign to get the track into the Christmas charts by purchasing it from various online download retailers.[8] A Facebook group was also launched to support the campaign [9] as well as a drive on Twitter in which celebrities were contacted about the campaign and a succession of e-mails to radio DJs in a bid to get them to play the song. It was later announced that 50% of the December profits from the song would be donated to The National Autistic Society.[10]

The bid was ultimately unsuccessful in the face of huge publicity around the battle between Rage Against the Machine and Joe McElderry, but Minchin told fans he was grateful for the effort behind the campaign.[11]

Despite being unsuccessful, "White Wine in the Sun" did get a placement in the UK Indie Chart, reaching a peak of #26 on December 27, 2009.

Written soon after the birth of his daughter, Minchin described the experience as, "the most emotional of my songwriting life. The initial verse and chorus structure juxtaposes scepticism of religion with love of family, and the listener thinks they have the measure of the song. But then it goes and throws in a tiny baby as the listener, and starts talking directly to her. Pretty manipulative, really."[12]

Chart Peak position
UK Indie Chart 26

A studio version of 'White Wine in the Sun' was recorded in 2012 and all proceeds taken in December were raised for the National Autism Society.


  1. ^ "Tim Minchin Merchandise". Retrieved 2009-11-29.
  2. ^ Steve Bennett (2009-10-26). "Tim Minchin: Ready For This? On Tour". Chortle. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  3. ^ Matt Thrower (2009-11-03). "TIM MINCHIN – Ready For This?". Rave Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  4. ^ Phil Daoust (2005-08-16). "Tim Minchin, Gilded Balloon". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  5. ^ Damon Fowler (2009-08-11). "Interview With Tim Minchin". Comfort In Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  6. ^ Clive Davis (2009-09-16). "Tim Minchin at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon". Times Online. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  7. ^ Sarah Walters (2009-09-02). "Tim Minchin: Ready for This?". CityLife. Archived from the original on November 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  8. ^ Shell (2009-12-13). "Ready for a Christmas single with a difference?". Retrieved 2009-12-14.
  9. ^ Kendal Tyne Love. "Tim Minchin for a top 20 place in the Christmas charts!". Facebook. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
  10. ^ Shell (2009-12-17). "50% of the proceeds from the December sales of "White Wine in the Sun" are going to Autism research". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  11. ^ Tim Minchin (2009-12-21). "Gratuitous Gratitudity". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  12. ^ Tim Byron. "How writing a Christmas carol is Tim Minchin's proudest moment". Canberra Times.

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