1997 – 2003 (6 years)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
1. Cartman was a four piece indie rock band from Perth, Western Australia formed in 1997.
Cartman grabbed the national spotlight in early 2002 with their breakthrough album Go! being selected for Triple J Album of the Week. The first track to be lifted from the album, "Shock (Living Without You)" raced across the national airwaves and was selected as the eviction music for reality TV show Big Brother. "Shock" spent 17 weeks in the Triple J Net 50 and was voted in the Triple J Hottest 100 songs for 2002. "Shock" was followed closely by the country tinged break up song "Got No Reason" which spent 5 weeks in the Triple J Net 50 and received significant airplay across the country, The third single lifted from the album was the pop rock ballad "George", a Joe Hawkins/Cartman song. Rotation on Triple J and the commercial networks cemented the album as one of the best Australian releases for 2002.
The band have been on a permanent hiatus since late 2003. Turnley has been performing lead vocals in Perth band The Avenues
2. Eric Theodore Cartman is a fictional character on the American animated television series South Park. One of the four main characters along with fellow protagonists Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick, he is often portrayed as the series’ main antagonist in opposition to his friends, who commonly refer to him as simply “Cartman”. He debuted on television when South Park first aired on August 13, 1997; he had earlier appeared in “The Spirit of Christmas” shorts created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone in 1992 (“Jesus vs. Frosty”) and 1995 (“Jesus vs. Santa”).
Voiced by Trey Parker, Cartman is an overweight, spoiled, foul-mouthed, mean-spirited, selfish, and ill-tempered fourth-grader living with his hermaphroditic de facto mother in the fictional town of South Park, Colorado, where he commonly has extraordinary experiences not typical of conventional small-town life.
Cartman is one of the most popular characters on the show, and has remained one of the most recognizable television characters ever since South Park became a hit during its first season. Parker and Stone describe the character as “a little Archie Bunker”, and state that he is their favorite character, and the one with whom they most identify. During its thirteen seasons, South Park has received both praise and criticism for Cartman’s tendency to be politically incorrect and shockingly profane. Prominent publications and television channels have included Cartman on their lists of the most iconic television and cartoon characters of all-time.
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