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Pat Wilson

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Pat Wilson is an Australian singer and journalist.

Wilson was a journalist for the 1970s music magazine Go-Set writing under the pen-name “Mummy Cool”. Usually regarded as a one hit wonder, Wilson released several singles in the early 1980s including the hit single “Bop Girl”. The song was written by her then husband Ross Wilson of the band Daddy Cool, and its style and lyrics satirised 1980s fashion and pop music. It reached number two on the Australian music charts to become one of the highest selling singles of 1983, and achieved airplay in various parts of the world, including the United States. Subsequent singles failed to repeat this success.

The “Bop Girl” music video is notable for containing the screen debut of 15 year old Nicole Kidman playing the role of a young “bop girl”. Chosen by director Gillian Armstrong, songwriter Wilson recalled that Kidman was to represent “an up and coming starlet with a bright future”.

Kidman herself insisted that the video be used for both a BBC documentary about her career, and also in an American Cinematheque tribute, with the result that the video returned to Australian music video playlists in 2004.

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