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I was looking through some of my Football Record match programs for 1980 (I know, football is not a popular topic on this forum) but I noticed that in Molly's weekly column that year they included the Countdown Top 10 charts.
There are 2 lost Countdown episodes for 1980 - May 17 and May 24 - which fortuitously, if a lost episode can be fortuitous, fell during the football season so the charts for those 2 weeks were published. They may have also been published elsewhere but I don't recall seeing them in his other columns he wrote in TV Week or The Sun newspaper so this may be the only place they still exist.
He also reveals that Steve Gilpin of Mi-Sex hosted the May 18 episode from Brisbane and that they performed Space Race live (which was repeated on June 8 and shown in Chartbusters on June 29) so that performance survives but it is good to confirm where it came from. Gary Numan was supposed to host May 25 but couldn't make it so it was hosted by Bob Geldof again who had also hosted the May 11 episode (as mentioned in Humdrum on the June 1 1980 ep)
I will reproduce if anyone is interested.
Countdown charts and article May 17 1980
Countdown charts May 24 1980
An impressive find there. It was columns like these that added 'a little' spice to many a dreary periodical too. Brought back both the memories of hearing the charts for the first time and later acquiring the singles contained therein.
Fantastic find Guru, well done. Seems somewhat strange why those 2 particular episodes are missing though - as is the sole 1984 Jackson Victory Dance competition episode - seems very random. I wonder if those are just lost in the archives rather than having been wiped - I would guess so.
Great stuff! I had no idea Countdown talk was featured in the VFL/AFL Football Record Match mags? A few Q's...
How long did the Countdown feature last in these mags?
Did the Gary Numan tour go ahead? as it mentioned he was unable to host Countdown?
Why were there was mixed opinions about Bob Geldoff's hosting of Countdown?
What song did Oz Crawl perform on Countdown 1/6/80? I can't recall them being on this episode!
Finally, my Dad used to say 'Chewie on ya boot'
and I don't mind talk of Football on this forum, as long as it's NRL.
There will be NO talk of that EVIL sport of this forum!!!
Sports is DISGUSTING!
Thanks very much Guru for filling in my gaps of knowledge. Cheers.
Speaking of Gary, a very interesting clip of Gary and his dad back in 1980...
Thought it really sweet that his dad was his roadie back in the early days. You can definitely see the family resemblance.
GARY RULES LIVE * He is AMAZING!!!
Reading back through older posts, I found this VERY interesting. My eyes lit up in the hope that the VFL Football Record may possibly fill in gaps from the 70s.
Rats! I'm currently trying to find out show information, especially hosts, from the 70s. So many gaps. I don't suppose Molly had a column anywhere else other than 'The Record'?
I didn't grow up in Melbourne, but I imagine it would have been Melbourne media where Countdown information could best be found. For example, The Melbourne Age has far more information regarding upcoming Countdown episodes in there TV guides than does The Sydney Morning Herald.