Well thats it for another year folks, back to sleep for another 11 months. Catch you all next January.
The Summer has proved to be a good one for Countdown, 15 shows shown with only the two ones from the 1970s shown on Rage previously. Also 8 totally new shows for those with the timecoded collection.
And 3 clips from the one remaining unseen 1970s episode with the damaged audio soundtrack (19/03/78).
Tallies of shows shown in the 1980s now as follows
1980 - Rage has screened 28, 17 not shown (with 9 of the 17 in the timecoded collection meaning 8 still unseen since broadcast). There are 2 missing and one show never made due to a strike)
1981 - Rage has screened 25, 19 not shown (with 13 of the 19 in the timecoded collection meaning 6 still unseen since broadcast). Episode 303 was replaced by a standby show due to a strike.
1982 - Rage has screened 29, 23 not shown (with 16 of the 23 in the timecoded collection meaning 7 still unseen since broadcast)
1983 - Rage has screened 22, 22 not shown (with 15 of the 23 in the timecoded collection meaning 8 still unseen since broadcast). One show is missing.
1984 - Rage has screened 35 (the year now by far the most productive for repeats) and 12 are unscreened since broadcast. There is one missing show now recovered in domestic NTSC format.
1985 - Rage has screened 19, 28 not shown (with 3 timecoded ones) meaning 25 have been unseen since original broadcast.
1986 - Rage has screened 14, 35 not shown. There are 2 missing.
1987 - Rage has screened 9, 14 not shown.
223 different Countdowns have now been shown by Rage since the repeats began 21 years ago in January 1993.
It has been a very good month for Countdown, and to a lesser extent Rock Arena which also had a few episodes shown.
13 Countdowns not previously shown on Rage
3 clips from Adelaide Festival Countdown
3 clips of The Groove
5 Rock Arenas
Johnny Nash GTK clip
common clips both Saturday morning and night
2 repeated Countdowns
July 20 2013 programming slab repeated
The Elton John items (besides clips) had not been seen on Rage before. That was neither a highlight or lowlight, it was just there.
Overall, as a Countdown fan, I have been very happy with Retro.
The hockey was not the fault of those at Rage and the repeated Countdowns feeds the plebs (like Timmy Tiger who made usual uninformed comments on Facebook) who want to keep seeing the same 70's episodes over and over instead of just recording them and watching them whenever they want to or making an effort to track them down.
Not sure if they intended to repeat the Hitscene as they seemed unsure of the actual date themselves so therefore it was only the common clips which could have been replaced with Countdown Revolutions etc.
So overall, could have been better but happy with what we did get.
Overall, a good rage goes retro season. A lot more Countdown's than I expected and rage did rather well
* April 20th, 1980 Harry Casey (KC and The Sunshine Band)* DELANEY VENN with "Prisoner" was THE THE THE Highlight studio performance for me and of course
EDITH BLISS with "Heart Of Stone"
* August 26th, 1984 Molly (live from Sydney)... One of my requested episodes
QED - 'This One ' performance!!!
* May 17th, 1981 Ignatius and Joylene (Jimmy and The Boys)
... Best hosting!
*August 5th, 1984 Rodney Rude (For OMD 'Locomotion performance' and RARE Nik Kershaw original video for 'I Won't Le The Sun Go Down On Me'
* Though I have a timer code of July 3rd, 1983 David Sterry and Richard Zatorski (Real Life)... It is one of my very FAV 1983 Countdown episodes ans d it was good to get a clean version :-)
* August 10th, 1980 Kim Hart episode for the Olivia interview, brilliant hosting from Kim and her performance...
* Though I have a timer code copy of March 21st, 1982 Molly interviews Duran Duran, as a Duran lover it was brilliant to get a crisp copy of the interview with nick and Simon :-)
*BRILLIANT White X-Mas performance ONLY on October 12th, 1986
* Dec 16th, 1984 Tina Turner (Another of my Countdown requested episodes, so 2 all up from my list)
* April 22nd, 1984 Limahl, finally seeing Limahl host
* Though I have a timer code of this episode, it's always good to see 1981 Countdown episodes that rage haven't played yet as it's a good episode overall... March 15th, 1981 Jermaine Jackson
* 1978 Adelaide Festical material
* Bob Marley Countdown interview
* ROCK ARENA 3rd July, 1984 was a great episode and SO good to see Suzanne Dowling on her first hosting
* ROCTURNAL was fantastic to see as I never heard about this program and Stiletto was WOW
HOCKEY interruptions and no extra rage goes retro week (even if it could be 2 hrs next Saturday) to make up for Hockey...
2 repeated 70s episodes, as Guru said, not hard to obtain from others who recorded the 70s Episodes in the 90s as it's a waste of un played 80s Countdown's that still need repeating
Elton John material taking up 50% of rage goes retro 3 when rage could have easily done an Elton Special on his Birthday during the year as a 'Feature Special' like previous artist special rage have done out of January...
Too many music videos on Saturday nights during rage goes retro which takes up time for ABC Music programs!
Too many COMMON as muck music videos, more RARE videos should have been played as January is THE perfect opportunity
25: A HISTORY OF ATLANTIC RECORDS repeat (Didn't keep it either time rage played it but this could have easily been avoided and replaced with more Countdown (etc)
1987 Countdown episode, not great.... Just there
Overall it could have been more dynamic but one of the better rage goes retro season's over the past few years as more Countdown's were screened
I thought the first 2 Saturday nights were decent; the 3rd quite poor, and I'm yet to watch all of last night's (though the repeated slab from last July was appalling).
Highlights for me were:
- No watermark in the 4:3 area again, finally
- The Nik Kershaw 'I Won't Let the Sun Go Down On Me' original video
- Flowers 'Can't Help Myself' on Countdown (although maybe that's on their White Heat DVD, as I know it has some TV appearances at the end, and I haven't watched them )
- Kim Hart's hosting skills
I always look forward to the Saturday morning hour slot during retro month, but this year's selections were absolutely abysmal, with the repeated music videos (many from just a few months ago) and common as muck clips. The worst retro Saturday mornings in January in memory by far.
Also, there was no Countdown Revolution or The Factory. Sure, I don't expect them to be a big part of retro month while there are many unaired Countdowns in the vault, but Rage could have easily aired some of this footage instead of the long slabs of common/repeated music videos during Saturday night. Also, there hasn't been any of this stuff now for 2 years. I hope they can air some late 80s/early 90's non-Recovery retro stuff during at least one of the weekends next January.
Nathan, YES!!!! No Watermark on 4.3. A HUGE Highlight of this years rage goes retro, NOT having to see that hideous Watermark on the screen was BLISS!!!! A PURE Highlight!!!!!!!!
Flowers 'Can't Help Myself' on Countdown is on the Flowers DVD Re-issue but was great to see it in it's right 4.3 ratio as it's in 16.90 on the dvd
the 11pm starts!
rare vids in the Elton Meldrum Tapes
This One (studio performance)
Show Some Respect (studio performance)
Locomotion (studio performance)
Chartbusters (love 'em every year)
Dancing with tears in my eyes vid
Catch my fall vid
Sun go down on me vid
Fade To Grey vid - amazing vid and song for it's time
For all the tea in china vid
I finished watching the 1984 episodes today, which were great. I loved Tina's 'What's equity got to do with it' improv
Reviving Brett's thread from last year and updating information.
Highlights include 19 episodes of Countdown (should have been 20 if Sept 21 1986 had been shown) with only one repeat - last year was 15 with 2 repeats over 4 weeks. This includes 12 new ones for those with the timecoded ones as 7 of those were shown but these are fantastic to upgrade at any rate, particularly the Camilleri/Clifton one that had faults.
1980 - 45 episodes exist - Rage has screened 29, 15 not shown (with 8 of the 15 in the timecoded collection meaning 7 still unseen since broadcast). There are 2 missing (ep 240 and 241) and one show never made due to a strike(ep 262).
1981 - 45 episodes exist - Rage has screened 28, 17 not shown (with 10 of the 17 in the timecoded collection meaning 7 still unseen since broadcast). Episode 279 is missing, Episode 303 was replaced by a standby show due to a strike and Ep 275 was an insert show only due to a strike.
1982 - 52 episodes exist - Rage has screened 32, 20 not shown (with 13 of the 20 in the timecoded collection meaning 7 still unseen since broadcast)
1983 - 42 episodes exist (+2 standby programs) - Rage has screened 23, 19 not shown (with 13 of the 19 in the timecoded collection meaning 6 still unseen since broadcast). Episodes 367 and 368 missing.
1984 - 45 episodes exist (+ 2 specials on Boy George and U2) - Rage has screened 36 and 9 are unscreened since broadcast. Thriller Dance comp Sept 2 only exists in off air recording now recovered in domestic NTSC format.
1985 - 47 episodes exist - Rage has screened 23, 24 not shown (with 3 timecoded ones meaning 21 have been unseen since original broadcast).
1986 - 50 episodes exist - Rage has screened 16, 34 not shown. There is one missing episode (515) and episode 520 was not shown due to Commonwealth Games.
1987 - 24 episodes exist - Rage has screened 13, 11 not shown.
From the 1980's Rage have now screened 200 different Countdowns and still have another 150 in their archives that have yet to be shown since original transmission.
All 45 surviving 1970's episodes that exist in broadcast quality have been screened meaning that 245 different Countdowns have now been shown by Rage since the repeats began 22 years ago in January 1993.
Next year there are another 5 Saturdays so we can hope that they play around 20 of those 150 episodes.
Thanks for the updated summary, Guru.
So if things continue as they currently are with retro month (with regard to the approximate average of about 15 new episodes shown each year), they might get through the rest in another 10 years (provided no repeats)? Though, if retro month continues after that, there's still a truckload of The Factory and Countdown Revolution episodes to get through.
5 weeks again next year, but the leap day means there won't be 5 in 2017. I remember posting a projection into how many weeks of retro months there'll be for the next 10 years or thereabouts last year
Hey Guru - do you happen to have any idea on how many Rock Arena & Hitscene episodes there are that Rage haven't shown?
Well done Guru, thanks for the very concise and excellent update. Taking into account the timecoded material, the other 7 shows from 1980, 81, 82 and the 6 from 1983 that have not been seen since transmission at all are things that eat away at me, as it would be great to be able to complete an entire years Countdown, especially from this period when the show was at its peak. I just hope we dont have to wait at least another 10 years for all that. That "sub-list" from the years 1980 to 1983 only shrunk by one episode this year, the very first one of the Summer with Hall & Oates from 1980. I would not complain about updgrading timecoded material for identical episodes without one as well, and this Summer was a major step forward for that with some really good episodes shown.
I think overall it was a big success, Rage would have been happy with the feedback, everyone was very enthusiastic and talkative (both here and in facebook) and it was another excellent month.
From what Rage has indicated and with Jasons posting in here it looks as if the 1986 show that was missed may well get an airing during the week as well. I will look out for that, but otherwise it is back into hibernation for me for another 11 months - I wish everyone well and catch you all next January!!
Thanks for the info Guru - much appreciated.Throw in all the hundreds of Flashez segments and Countdown Revolution episodes & it looks like there's plenty in the vaults for future retro nights.