Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Two beloved English bands in opposite ends of the Diff'rent Strokes spectrum colliding for one hell of a mash up. Here we have the Kaiser Chiefs performing with Girls Aloud on their televised Christmas Party special:
(Girls Aloud's Sound of The Underground mashed up with Kaiser Chief's Never Miss A Beat = Diff'rent Strokes Eargasm)
If memory serves us right: these two groups have had respective songs covered by Jade and Dave for Shoe Swap before too!
Jade kept it real with an early Girls Aloud ballad, Life Got Cold, while Dave unleashed his inner rock god for Everyday I Love You Less & Less.
Jump onto iTunes to check out the Shoe Swap archives for an unforgettable karaoke experience.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The show will take a short break while Dave globe trots to India and Malaysia in November but the pair will reunite in time for their One Year Anniversary on JOY in December.
(Diff'rent Strokes will return in summer... but wait, we have a spin off, mini series for you!)
In the meantime, Jade and side kick Air Quotes Dave will premiere their spin off, mini-series next week: The Awkward Silence following the quirky lives of socially awkward people.
(Air Quotes Dave stumbles on some lost treasures at JOY HQ)
Tonight's season finale of Diff'rent Strokes will feature a special Shoe Swap. Tune in to hear Jade and Dave swap star signs: who's the perfectionist Virgo and who'll be sensuous Scorpio?
The planets have alligned for another classic Shoe Swap moment!
Diff'rent Strokes: Season Finale
Wed 10-11pm on JOY 94.9FM
[Stream live: www.joy.org.au]
Monday, October 27, 2008
Jade is continuing her quest to get on Neighbours this time enlisting some familiar faces to become a triple threat...
David Lim plays a Britney Spears enthusiast who teaches Jade to dance, while Air Quotes Dave continues with his acting 'assistance.' Jade has also brings in to the fold, actual musician Luke Axelby who joined Jade in creating an acoustic version of her grassroots pop song, Jade's Song (What Would Ben Lee Do).
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Here's Jade and Dave playing nice in the JOY studio.
(Happy Birthday in advance, Jade)
Mind you, I only got to hold them for the photo. She snatched them back pretty quick after...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
And who knew in a little known place called Hollywood their influence has infiltrated both their idols lives...
Here's a Youtube delight of Posh (Dave's diva du jour) and Ellen (no prize for guessing who's idol) doing a literal Shoe Swap on the latter's show.
"Ow Dave! These high heels hurt... I don't wanna swap shoes anymore"
Monday, October 20, 2008
Diff'rent Strokes is throwing an open discussion about men's body image and the media.
While the role of advertising in relation to women's body image and self-esteem is grounds stomped before, Jade and Dave wants to know how men of all walks of life are affected by images of hunky male models and gym Adonises.
How does the proliferation of toned, chiselled male models in the gay press circuit make you feel about your own body?
Is it a symbol of health and fitness?
Does it spur you to wanna get fit or pressure you to wanna fit in those speedos?
Men! Gay, straight, bi, curious - of all shapes, sizes, colour and age... We wanna hear from you.
Comment here on the blog or if you're a fan on Diff'rent Strokes Facebook page: join our discussion!
Diff'rent Strokes: Men & Body Image is a forthcoming feature on Rainbow Roadtest.
This Wed 22 October 2008 on the show.
Tune in to JOY 94.9FM 10-11pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Dave: Being scared too scared to sleep alone in my new room and having mum bunk in with me with the night light on and her Paula Abdul cassette serenading me to slumber. I was 8 and Rush Rush was our song.
Jade: I vaguely remember being at a baby show when I was 2. My nan was sitting beside me and I think I won a clock radio. It was one of many prizes in the lucrative baby show career.
Q: AT SCHOOL I...
Dave: Was the one who started swimming freestyle for the butterfly race because I didn't really know how to do butterfly.
Jade: Liked to commentate on everything.
Q: I DON'T LIKE TALKING ABOUT...
Dave: Acne or bad skin.
Jade: My feelings and other such emotional things.
Q: MY MOST TREASURED POSSESSION IS...
Dave: My photo albums. They capture it all. It's often not just reminiscing on how young or cute you used to look but also the hopes and fears behind the smile you wore. The sentiment in that captured moment of time is something to be cherished. Though less could be said about the slap bands and overalls one wore.
Jade: My journals, they’re my memories of the good and the bad, and the place I work out all the worlds and my own problems.
(A classic snapshot from the Diff'rent Strokes Family Album)
Q: MY FATHER ALWAYS TOLD ME...
Dave: Make sure you let your car engine warm up for at least 2-3 minutes first in the morning before you zoom off into the distance.
Jade: You can’t have your cake and eat it. But what else do you do with cake?
Q: IF I HAD ONE SUPER POWER IT WOULD BE...
Dave: The ability to read minds. Cause I'm nosy...
Jade: Teleportation or time travel, for much the same reason as Dave, I’m curious about other people and places.
Q: AT HOME I COOK...
Dave: Amazingly flavoursome dinner - thanks to Chicken Tonight.
Jade: Stirfrys, my specialty is prawn and tofu.
Q: MY FAVOURITE GADGET IS...
Dave: Sensor lights. If you can classify them as gadgets.
Jade: My iPod. Must have for any podcast/music junkie
(Jade's favourite gadget)
Q: I'M VERY BAD AT...
Dave: Long division
Jade: Knowing what to say and when to say it.
Q: IF I WAS A DRINK I'D BE...
Dave: A cup of hot Earl Grey tea with a spoonful of honey. Sweet, calming and soothing.
Jade: Coke, no one really knows what’s in it, whether it’s good or bad for you, but there’s something strangely addictive. Maybe it’s the marketing campaign.
(Finally! A magazine after Jade's own heart)
Q: THE LAST BIG BELLY LAUGH I HAD WAS...
Dave: When I was told a Tibetan man has filmed a music video of him singing my song in the glaciers.
Jade: Watching 30 Rock, it’s official I have a Tina Fey crush. TV on DVD is the best thing ever.
Q: WHAT I DON'T FIND AMUSING IS...
Dave: People assuming all gay men are inherently fashionable, witty and want to be your girlfriend's shopping and chick-flick buddy.
Jade: People patting me on the head and talking to me with a hint of condescension.
(Dave rockin' the Afghan Barbie look in a humdrum call centre)
Q: MY WORST JOB WAS...
Dave: Doing Telstra Bigpond billing enquiries - as if dealing with angry, disgruntled customers weren't enough already. There's also the added joy of sales targets.
Jade: Working customer service at a fast food restaurant I won’t name. When they put me out in the kitchen I liked it more. I hate the way people treat fast food employees.
Q: I OFTEN WONDER...
Dave: How is it that yawning is contagious.
Jade: Will future Jade be happy with current Jade’s choices.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
A contact close to the pair said the diva themed party was an intimate affair full of the natural extravagance and amiable atmosphere that is a signature of the host. He was said to be quite at ease in his diva outfit, perfectly accessorising his outfit with Kanye West glasses and elegant black gloves. All were said to be impressed by Jade's attempt to out diva her co host wearing skinny jeans, layered polos, sunglasses, and a bumbag.
Diff'rent Strokes divas, Jade & Dave pose for the paparazzi
Diff'rent Strokes intern "Dave" (Air Quotes Dave) was seen taking a rare night off to celebrate with his employers. He was seen chatting quite freely to the pair putting an end to speculation about a riff between him and Jade, stemmed from Jade's diva like behaviour.
While it is claimed Dave went on to dance the night away, Jade was seen living up to her socially awkward homebody persona, slipping out of the party and home before midnight.
For more about Diff'rent Strokes out on the town be sure to listen to JOY 94.9 this Wednesday night 10-11pm. Or subscribe to the podcast on the right hand side of this blog.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
1. Name: Kim "Canuck" Collins
2. Where Are You From? Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Canuck in action figure pose
3. What Are Your Favourite Diff'rent Strokes moments? Jade and her (black) green thumb, as well as the Kaiser Chiefs cover
4. Tell us about yourself (written by her friend Katie)MY DEAR FRIEND CANUCK
MY FRIEND CANUCK IS AN ADORABLE, SANDAL-WEARING, TREE-HUGGING,MUSIC-LOVING, BOOK-READING, GREEN THUMB, ARTSY-FARTSY, QUASI-HIPPY WHO TREATS ALL LIVING THINGS WITH LOVE AND RESPECT.
SHE’S ONE OF THOSE ‘GOOD’ AMERICANS WHO WOULDN’T VOTE REPUBLICAN EVEN IF HER LEFT EYE DEPENDED ON IT! SHE’D GIVE UP THAT LEFT EYE ANYWAYS, CAUSE SHE’S ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A PIRATE WITH AN EYE PATCH.
CANUCK IS A MODERN-DAY LESBIAN MACGYVER WHO PUTS RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON TO SHAME. SHE’S SO CRAFTY, YOU COULD GIVE HER SOME STRING AND SOME STRAW AND SHE’D BUILD YOU A DURABLE FLOATATION DEVICE OR A BEAUTIFUL NECKLACE THAT WOULD DOUBLE AS A ‘HELP, I’M LOST’ GPS SYSTEM.
IF YOU DO BECOME LOST, CANUCK IS CAPABLE OF RECOGNIZING ALL CALLS OF DISTRESS, INCLUDING THE ONES OF SEXY, STRANDED LADIES AT THE PUB OR WOMYN’S MUSIC FESTIVALS. BUT BACK TO THE POINT.
WHEN SHE DOES HEAR YOUR DISTRESS CALL, CANUCK IS CAPABLE OF SNOW-BOARDING, BIKING, KAYAKING, TREE-CLIMBING OR SCRUMMING TO YOUR RESCUE. SHE’LL EVEN JUMP ON A PLANE AND SIT IN THE CHEAP SEATS! WHAT A LADY!
SHE’S A TRULY DEVOTED FRIEND. AND IF YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER WAS A ROSE, SHE’D PLANT YOU AN ENTIRE ROSH BUSH. AND THEN DRAW A PICTURE OF YOU SITTING BY YOUR FRESHLY GROWN ROSE PATCH, EATING HER VERY OWN HOME-GROWN TOMATOES.
THERE’S REALLY NOT MUCH THAT CANUCK HASN’T CONQUERED. BUT WILL SOMEONE SPECIAL BE ABLE TO CONQUER HER? SHE’S ESPECIALLY FOND OF AUSTRALIAN ACCENTS. SHE’LL EVEN GO FOR A KIWI!
6. How did you find Diff'rent Strokes? I love Jade, so I keep tabs on her from across the world
7. Jade is... a dingo lover (I hope this does not mean anything else but what it is over in OZ, Jade)
8. Dave is... a future friend of mine, I can tell...and also, unfiltered.
9. Other shows I love; The Lesbian Mafia, This American Life, The Moth Podcast
10. Something I'd Like To See Diff'rent Strokes do; Continue to post live VIDEO podcasts... you two are even better when we can see and not only hear your antics!
11. What are your similarities to Jade and/or Dave? Well, I am like Jade because I like quiet nights in and making out with girls...and I am like Dave because I have great fashion sense ;)
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Monday, August 25, 2008
Spice Girls: Generation Next???
Beckham is reported to be so hung up on her life in Hollywood she is not interested in being ‘Posh’ anymore. While the search for a replacement has been a top secret operation, keen Diff’rent Strokes fans caught whiff of Lim’s audition for the gig, and leaked the story on a variety of online forums.
Lim made headlines earlier this year when he went on a tirade and denounced the Spice-ys, refusing to play them on his radio program, as revenge for cancelling their Australian tour plans. He is well known for his Posh inspired appearance, so much so he has now replaced Katie Holmes as the most believable Posh-doppleganger.
Spice Girls management are refusing to comment and Diff’rent Strokes insiders aren’t talking either. More soon…
Monday, August 18, 2008
Dave we're always hearing about your pop career when can we expect to see an album released?
An album sounds all too ambitious right now. I won't lie though, I am working on material for a demo as we speak. I'm most likely to make a party electro pop record. Stay tuned.
How do you respond to internet speculation that you are actually a straight couple posing as gay for fame?
(Dave)I'll always stand by the fact that I'm proud to be on a gay and lesbian radio station (JOY) but I draw the line at my personal life. The who's who of who I'm doing is of no concern to anyone but myself and the who.
(Jade) Dave’s right we love being a JOY show, and the awesome support we have there. Feel free to continue speculating away I love it when people use their imaginations.
I love your show. Do you have any suggestions for other shows/podcasts I should listen to?
(Dave) If you enjoy pop music and particularly, brit pop as much as I do, I'd recommend the Popjustice or Island Records podcasts.
(Jade) I’m such a podcast junkie so I could go on forever but the ones I can’t live without are; Here! With Josh & Sara, The Planet, Sunday Night Safran, This American Life, Street Stories, and Hot Gay Comics.
Dave your hair is always so silky smooth in Diff'rent Strokes publicity
shots, take us through your hair routine?
Haha! My hair is very much a tragedy right now as we speak. It's really not as high maintenance as you think. I don't splurge on branded shampoos and conditioners or products. I'd be as out of place in Hair House Warehouse as a gas plumber would be - not to perpetuate stereotypes of course!
Mya, Criminally ignored???
What song best describes you?
(Dave) Really depends on what head space you're at. Right now I'm really feeling a new Mya ballad: "All In The Name of Love" taken from her largely ignored new record, "Liberation".
(Jade) Apart from “Jade’s Song” you mean??? I agree with Dave it’s really hard to pick one, my top three would be: “Back In Your Head” by Tegan & Sara, “Run” by Ben Kweller, and “David Duchovny” by Bree Sharp.
Shipper or No-Romo???
Dave after your turn as an X-Phile would you say you're a shipper or a no-romo? What about you Jade?
(Dave) It's been so long since I put my X-Phile hat on. But I'll take a stab in the dark and say no-romo! Let's keep it strictly about the UFOs.
(Jade) Everyone starts out no-romo Dave. I love that their “relationship” doesn’t affect the awesomeness of the show, The X-Files is about all things sci-fi but lets face it, the show lives and dies on the chemistry between Mulder and Scully. As you might have guessed I’m a shipper all the way now.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Dave gives JOY a shameless plug
Q: Jade, what's really going on between you and the intern ("Dave")?
A: “Dave” actually has a habit of intensely looking at me with those puppy dog eyes of his and given my well documented social awkwardness it makes me uncomfortable. I’m often prone to weird behaviour ranging from aggression to what may be termed ‘divaness’ when I’m in socially awkward situations. Besides, to paraphrase David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson when you spend so much time together it’s like a brother and sister relationship sometimes you love each other, other times you can’t stand each other. That’s how I feel about “Dave” right now, maybe I shouldn’t have made him move into the spare room at my house, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Q: Who would you have picked to sing the upcoming Bond theme instead?
A: (Dave) I don't know - this White Stripes dude and Alicia Keys sound like a pretty Diff'rent Strokes-ey combo to me, Jade! I like it. Although, I would've really loved to see Amy Winehouse do it though. What a shame! Remember kids - crack is whack!
(Jade) It is very Diff’rent Strokes-ey… How about to totally rip off one of our promos Deathcab for Cutie and Emma Bunton??? This new Bond is supposed to have some crossover appeal and we all know what Deathcab did for the OC and vice versa.
Jade in a whole other life!
Q: Is there a colour you wouldn't wear?
A: (Jade) I have two nevers in this life, one is wearing pink, the other I chose to let you imagine rather than reveal here.
(Dave) I seriously don't look good in orange. Hard to find anyone who is, really!
Q: What are your hidden talents?
A: (Dave) I used to think I was the only one who could curl my tongue. But soon realised I wasn't so unique after all.
(Jade) Oh, the tongue curl, it’s kind of cute you thought you were the only one! My hidden talent is the ability to tell what colour an M&M is just by tasting it. There are a lot of skeptics out there on that one, but let me tell you it’s actually a well honed art.
Q: Who chooses the music you play on the show?
A: (Jade) The music on Diff’rent Strokes is a personality all to its own. It actually is quite scary how well a Sugababes import only track and the latest from Ben Kweller compliment each other. To answer your question “Dave” has recently taken over the job of selecting what tracks demonstrate the inherent differences between Dave and myself.
Dave's beloved '97 edition Tamagotchi: as mentioned on the "Growing Pains" segment!
Q: Has Dave found a Tamagotchi yet?
A: (Dave) Umm! Yes, actually. They were going for about $25 at Toys 'R' Us - but I can't endorse that, kids. It's like the mutated nouveau kind. Not the authentic original series I grew up with in '97!
Q: Which would you rather - mow the lawn or knit?
A: (Jade) I was actually quite an avid knitter as a child and have also done my fair share of lawn mowing. I don’t know that I could chose without reinforcing a stereotype I’m not willing to actively perpetuate.
(Dave) Haha! You'd be surprised to hear this but I'd rather mow the lawn. Of course it'd be a vision much like Eva Longoria in season one of Desperate Housewives: in that episode where she's in her evening wear, working a lawn mower at night!
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Monday, August 11, 2008
Situation apparently escalated out of hand last week when staple presenter, David Lim, was away. A close source revealed "Dave" rushed out, fighting back tears and nursing what was reportedly a bruised eye. Gulliver couldn't be reached for a comment.
Conditions are reportedly frosty between the pair, many speculating an explosive tell-all by "Dave" this Wednesday as he does his MPR (Monthly Performance Review) with David Lim live on air.
Don't miss Diff'rent Strokes this week: for Air Quote Dave's MPR and tips on how to shine in job interviews!
Every Wed 10-11pm
on JOY 94.9FM
[stream live: www.joy.org.au]
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
We look forward to hearing from you! Stay tuned because there's a change coming in the land of Diff'rent Strokes very soon.