COUNTDOWN SHOW 369
08 May 1983
Summary: This episode is hosted by Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch from The Eurogliders and features a live performance by The Angels, an interview with Annie Lennox and Molly Meldrum discusses the need for larger music venues. Also featured in this episode are music videos by Toto Coelo, U2, Goanna and Michael Jackson.
COUNTDOWN SHOW 533
08 Nov 1986
This episode is guest hosted by Elton John and features music videos by Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls, Big Pig, Paul Young, Nik Kershaw, Ric Ocasek and Bananarama. Also in this episode are live performances by The Manikins, John Justin & The Thunderwings and Crowded House.
COUNTDOWN SHOW 535
16 Nov 1986
This episode is guest hosted by John Farnham and features music videos by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Glass Tiger, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Idol, Kim Wilde and The The. Featured in this episode is a classic Molly Meldrum interview with John Farnham about his hit song ‘You’re The Voice’.
Also in Saturday night’s line-up:
Three episodes of Rock Arena including a 1984 episode featuring The Reels live in concert in Sydney, a 1985 episode featuring The Style Council in Melbourne, a 1987 episode hosted by Suzanne Dowling!
Look out for retro clips from Jellybean, Aztec Camera, The Pogues, David Essex and a concert featuring Love Gone Wrong!
Three unrepeated Countdown shows which is again great news - although 1986 is not one of the greatest years - still have not been shown at all since transmission so one cannot be too disappointed.
I am excited by the clip listing for that evening - David Essex - they may finally be unearthing "City Lights" from the segment tape - I wait with baited breath!!
Guru, rage played The Reels live a few years ago, is it the b l o o d y same one????????
By the way Guru, any idea if No Action live is actually another one in the studio or if it's the Countdown Awards performance? I am DESPERATE to know!!!
As soon as I saw The Reels live I thought about 2008. One of the best retro seasons ever.
3 Countdowns + 3 Rock Arenas
Hopefully we'll get some more Flashez clips as well.
In my opinion, a bit of a letdown compared to last weekend.
I did like the Eurogliders, but two weekends in a row?
1986 is not really 'retro' to me, i prefer the older episodes repeated these days.
The Reels are great, but shame it's a repeat if true.
You beauty! Finally, I can say that I got one episode I requested - the John Farnham episode. I requested this mainly because Sept-Oct 1986 was my period of Countdown. I also thought there was a high probability it would get played as John would appeal to a wider viewing audience. Main reason for choosing this episode (along with the common videos) was:
THE THE 'HEARTLAND'
TINA TURNER 'TWO PEOPLE'
I also requested the Elton John episode. I know it sits at No.1 on our 'Most Wanted Countdown episodes' list for each year, but I specifically went onto the rage messageboard back in October last year and requested these 2 episodes and posted the playlists for them. I'm excited. BTW - I know some of you gripe about 1986 episodes, but in the end, I don't think they have disappointed.
Funny mentioning I prefer the 1983 Eurogliders episode over last weekends episode and here they are playing it this weekend.
Well done Michael on being the guest programmer for the night.
I don't mind 1986 episodes, there have only ever been 11 episodes out of 50 existing ones shown for 1986 (episode 515 June 29 1986 is missing as far as I know and episode 520 wasn't shown due to the Commonwealth Games). In percentage terms of what exists compared to what has been shown, 1986 is the poorest represented year of Countdown as far as Rage repeats are concerned. There had been no episodes aired between Oct 5 and Dec 21 so this fills a few gaps
I don't care what I see as long as Rage are not repeating it. Am really looking forward to the Nov 2 episode as it has a very good list of items amongst it.
3 Countdown and 3 Rock Arena. Can't argue with that, although I would not have chosen The Reels episode so soon after having aired that footage in 2008.
I think Patrick comes out the big winner here, with his 2 Eurogliders episodes.
The Elton John episode is a goodie, any episode with a studio audience stands out. A shame Elton doesn't perform 'Heartache All Over The World' or they show the video or it's not in this weeks Top 10. We also get to see 'I Feel The Magic' by BC. Hot Hot Hot!
As Gurubob mentioned with The Reels - Rage have to keep up their quota of JJJ-artists even in Retro month. Whilst I liked their early appearances on Countdown, and their quirky versions of classics like "According To My Heart", "This Guy In Love With You" etc the rest of the stuff does absolutely nothing for me - to describe "Quasimodos Dream" as one of the greatest tracks ever to come out in Australia is really over-the-top.
Still very happy to see 3 Countdowns and 3 Rock Arenas this Saturday.
I hate to say this but I think Week Four of Retro is going to be a total flop - to fit in with the JJJ-Top 100 I think it will be an all-90s affair with plenty of stuff from the shows we despise. The only hope for something different will be the fact it is Australia Day weekend although the moronic JJJ-generation are even fighting amongst themselves on the Rage facebook page about the meaning of all that - some of these people need to get off their P.Cs and iphones and tablets and go get themselves a real life if they know what that is.
I have been proven wrong before though so hopefully I am wrong again
Still, if they play my long-requested David Essex full "City Lights" clip for the first time in 36 years I will never say another bad word about the Rage team. I am suspecting it will not be that track though.
BUT I'm Talking did a live set for 2JJ for Rock Arena and it hasn't been played EVER on rage and requested by me and Sean for over a decade and a half! arghhhhhhhhh
I have the I'm Talking live part from you BUT I want the whole show AND in my opinion I think I'm Talking deserve rage air time!
The Reels and Cold Chisel have had their play over and over, it's time for the AMAZING I'm Talking to be shown. And I want a digital copy! The whole show is also just AMAZING with videos from Shannon, Grandmaster Flash, Martha And The Muffins and Maac Bolan. There is NO NEED for a repeat of The Reels when other Australian 80s bands shoudl be also getting played!
The Reels was only played 5 years ago!!!
By the way, that TERRIBLE 1986 Countdown Episode hosted by John Farnham was a request by a guy named Steve, thanks Steve for such a S H I T T Y Episode! hahahaha
As mentioned, for me this was one of the best picks around the period of late '86 (of course after the ones they have already showed). This episode would have to be my most remembered episode as it brings back memories of watching it first time around and has stuck in my head ever since. How could you pass on John singing 'You're The Voice' in the Countdown studio with the bagpipes etc. I do like all the videos too. 'Two People' isn't on Tina's Videos DVD and 'I Feel The Magic' is rare. Really looking forward to seeing more Cattletruck after the peformance of 'Leave Me' from the 15/3/87 episode....and 'Heartland' by The The...the list goes on...and I knew there was a chance of it getting played as John appeals to a wider audience, which is probably why we have had so many Elton John features over the years.
There ya go Well, good for you for getting the episode That episode of Countdown I am HOPING is NUMBER 3 in the line up so I can rest during it. I LOATHE John Farnham, hahahaha ... Glad the other 2 ep's have more excitement with audience e.t.c..
I could've gone with 12 Sept '82 episode hosted by John and another member from LRB, but I already have that time-coded copy.
I have only just read the Rage blurb and it is slightly different now to what Frankster first posted on this thread - Rage must have updated it. It now mentions for the 3rd Rock Arena that Love Gone Wrong feature on it, previously they said 1987, so I think it will be the following episode.
October 11/17 1987
2.00 OPENING TITLES;
2.17 FF#1 VS CABARET VOLTAIRE VIDEOCLIP 'DON'T ARGUE';
5.30 LS ZI MLS DOWLING;
6.06 FF#2 VS THE OTHER ONES VIDEOCLIP "WE ARE WHAT WE ARE";
9.10 FF#2 VS THE OTHER ONES VIDEOCLIP "HOLIDAY";
12.45 MCU DOWLING;
13.24 FF#3 VS HOWARD HUNTSBERRY VIDEOCLIP "LONELY TEARDROPS";
16.28 FF#4 VS LOS LOBOS VIDEOCLIP "LA BAMBA";
19.19 MLS ZI MCU DOWLING;
19.54 FF#5 VS LOVE GONE WRONG VIDEOCLIP "MIRACLE IN MARRICKVILLE";
24.00 FF#5 VS LOVE GONE WRONG VIDEOCLIP "BIG COUNTRY";
26.37 FF#5 VS LOVE GONE WRONG VIDEOCLIP "THE SINGING CITY";
31.20 MS DOWLING;
32.15 FF#6 VS THE HOUSEMARTINS VIDEOCLIP "CARAVAN OF LOVE";
35.48 FF#5 VS THE HOUSEMARTINS VIDEOCLIP "ME & THE FARMER";
38.38 FF#5 VS THE HOUSEMARTINS VIDEOCLIP "FIVE GET OVER EXCITED";
41.36 MLS DOWLING;
42.19 FF#7 VS ROBYNE DUNN VIDEOCLIP "GET OFF THE ROAD";
46.18 FF#8 VS MODERN CHANT VIDEOCLIP "QUEENSLAND NIGHTS";
49.30 MCU DOWLING;
49.58 FF#9 VS CABARET VOLTAIRE VIDEOCLIP "I WANT YOU";
53.49 FF#9 VS CABARET VOLTAIRE VIDEOCLIP "BIG FUNK"
Cooooool, I AM SOOO EXCITED as I am a Cabaret Voltaire and The Other Ones fan! AHHHHHHH!!!!!
Who are Love Gone Wrong?
If it is that episode that they are going to play there is a lot of really rare Australian material on there:
The Other Ones (a German/Australian band), Love Gone Wrong with 3 clips from their debut album, Robyne Dunn and Modern Chant.
That should be a great episode.
I loved the 1987/88 Rock Arena's as it went very alternative as Suzanne got to play all her favourite obscure bands. There are so many rare clips on those episodes.
I'm looking forward to this episode - mostly all new to me.
Yuk, Love Gone Wrong are too country and yuk for me. BUT Cabaret Voltaire and The other Ones = YES PLEASE!!!
Thanks. Although, I don't know which of the two would have been better!
Wow i'm just listening to the Southern Perspective EP by Modern Chant cica 1985 and i thought i would do a search no expecting to find anything, and i stumbled on this blog.
The EP has the tracks, 1: Altogether, 2: Friendly As A Shark, 3: Women Walking Under The Moon, 4: Parlez Francais (Which i still have a small poster of). I also have cassette somewhere of their first recording which was called Parlez Francais i think, well Dale gave me the poster for it. 2 songs that really stood out on it where Two Ronnie's about the Cold War and Parallax Factor (which is still seem to catch myself singing at times) which was my favourite song of theirs, but i doubt either song resurfaced. I know i have the cassette somewhere but i haven't been able to locate it and i doubt it would be playable now :(
I have all this because i worked as their roadie i guess you could call it, my main job was setting up Dales keyboards.
His synth/ synth bass and drum programming was very rigid/ syncopated on the recordings i have and for their gigs.
I did see the LP at Greville Records once but wasn't prepared to pay for it. My fondest memories were of them was when they had a residency at The Armadale Hotel out in the back room, i think the most people they got over 3 or 4 months was about 20. Mary started on percussion half way through the residency, that was a very Modern Chant moment 9and there were many). Dale was a interesting to work for, in a funny, neurotic sort of way. Really nice guy, they all were.
The band Special School that supported most of the time weren't too bad for a pub rock band.
I've never blogged before so i hope this wasn't to long and of no interest to anyone. If so i apologise.
Just such a major blast from the past.
I would put a couple i pics up but don't now how