NENA 99 Luftballoons (Epic) - I don't remember them playing this as a standalone clip before (though I've got an official DVD copy)
MOLLY MELDRUM ON COUNTDOWN 20 MAY 1984 Michael Jackson and U.S. Drink Driving Campaign (ABC)
BANANARAMA Shy Boy (London) - they definitely haven't played this as a standalone clip before.
FRIDA I Know There's Something Going On (Epic) - this aired in 2012 (but with watermark. I think it was on a few years before then, but I missed it)
FISCHER Z So Long (EMI) - I know a few people have asked for this one over the years on the rage forum.
Ooooh Nathan I was going to maybe check the Play list but thought ti would be mainly common as dirt crap. The Michael Jackson COUNTDOWN segment, wth is that? How exciting...
I have seen Frida's 'I Know There's.... on rage before but NEVER Shy Boy! Never seen Fischer Z with So Long on rage either, not sure about Nena
Can't rage just play the WHOLE episode of Countdown from Year: 1984 after Spiderbait seeing Spiderbait are choosing something from the episode, daaaarn
Summary: THIS WEEKS SHOW HOSTED BY MARC HUNTER FROM DRAGON.MOLLY (WITH HAT) PRESENTS HUMDRUM WHICH INCLUDES U.S TOP 5,US TOP 5. MOLLY SHOWS AN EXCERPT FROM THE BAND ELECTRIC PANDAS,TALKS ABOUT PROBLEMS INXS HAVE WITH THEIR NEW SONG 'ORIGINAL SIN' BECAUSE OF RACIAL CONNOTATIONS. MOLLY TALKS ABOUT HIS INVOLVMENT WITH DRINK/DRVING CAMPAIGN AND SHOWS AN NBC REPORT OF MICHAEL JACKSON RECEIVING RECOGNITION FROM REAGAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO DRINK DRIVING CAMPAIGN IN THE U.S.
Cheers Nathan, I must admit i was gonna give the rage playlists the flick this weekend.
I do check the playlists religiously every Friday arvo to find rare treats between 8-11am Saturday morning and any treats on Saturday night. I just thought that I'd give it a miss this weekend, because there was no way it could have any great offerings from the what we were treated with last month and of course rage would be bending over backwards to get back to their usual playlists to welcome back all their Gen i's/z's/y's who they probably feel they have alienated in January!
I don't mind Fischer Z, I have 'So Long' recorded off 'Max' on Foxtel. They have played it a few times over the years and 'Perfect Day' is one of my faves from '88. I'll check out the other vids you mentioned on YouTube. Cheers.
I didn't really "discover" Fischer-Z until the early 90's when I was buying large numbers of LP's at trash markets. I had loved So Long and Perfect Day but didn't really know anything else from them.
After picking up a batch which included the albums Word Salad (1979), Going Deaf For A Living (1980) and Red Skies over Paradise (1981) I became a fan. They are 3 brilliant LPs. I couldn't believe there was such a good band out there and they had only gotten minimal coverage that I had missed most of their material. It was a bit like REM after they released Orange Crush in 1988. I had never noticed them before and suddenly became a big fan of REM material 1983-87.
Here are my Fischer-Z albums, or at least as much as an A4 scanner will allow.
I noticed So Long still had the old rage logo on before the song title so it couldn't have been lost or new to the library or it would have had the new one
I remember seeing the clip for 'Perfect Day' for the first time on The Factory. Always assumed it was previously a big hit in the UK, which is why the show gave it a look in. When I first came across 'So Long' on '1980...The Summer', I had to question if it was the same band/singer, cause 8 years is a long time between drinks.
I have all those albums as well, Guru.
After hearing So Long on the radio I was so impressed that I went out and bought all the Fischer-Z albums at the time of their release, as well as picking up their first album with the wonderful Pretty Paracetamol on it.
They are still amongst my favourite albums even now.
Yes, like you, can't believe this band weren't far more popular in the UK.
Perhaps a bit too confronting and edgy for the mainstream and they did highlight some pretty dark and depressing subjects,(the threat of nuclear war, suicide, etc),in their songs.
Also, John Watt's high piercing voice in the early days was definitely an acquired taste.
Yeah Nathan, I read that John formerly worked as a nurse in a psychiatric ward in the early days and that's where he got a lot of the material for his songs.
Also probably why his writing is somewhat dark and depressing.
As you say, Guru, Fischer-Z were always more popular in Germany and Holland for some reason, as is John Watts today.
He comes across as a very smart but cynical man.
They may have had more of a (live?) following in Germany, but they didn't do any better on the charts there. Just looked it up and their only charting album listed is 'Stream' from 1995, peaking at just #80. No singles chart entries are listed.
They had some chart success in the Netherlands though (title/date of chart entry/peak/weeks):
Titel Binnenkomst Piek Weken
The Worker 15/09/1979 26 7
So Long 31/05/1980 12 9
Room Service / Limbo 04/10/1980 41 1
Marliese 28/03/1981 5 9
One Voice (John Watts) 27/03/1982 41 3
Titel Binnenkomst Piek Weken
Word Salad 15/09/1979 21 7
Going Deaf For A Living 17/05/1980 6 18
Red Skies Over Paradise 04/04/1981 2 17
One More Twist (John Watts) 20/03/1982 11 10
The Iceberg Model (John Watts) 26/02/1983 17 7
Singles - Ultratop
Titel Binnenkomst Piek Weken
The Worker 06/10/1979 23 2
So Long 14/06/1980 14 8
Marliese 02/05/1981 21 4
From what I can see, 'Perfect Day' wasn't a hit anywhere but Australia.
I was the same too, always loved "So Long". First heard it when I bought 1980 The Summer (Guru Bob's current id pic!). I didn't buy it until 1983 & got it from the bargain bin at the local record store for 99 cents! (Luckily, it was only 99 cents, because trying to convince my mum to spend $9.99 on LP's then was never easy!).
Anyway... Always found this a sad song, particularly love the full length version also that is on the album (which i have on CD now).
Perfect Day was a song I loved too, and same, I also had to investigate if it was the same band, as 7 years, (back in the day), seemed like an eternity between hits.
Did anyone else notice Billy Joel's 'Pressure' (audio) playing during the last few seconds of the Bananarama 'Shy Boy' video airing on Rage? You can hear it if you turn the volume up (not even that much). How bizarre, and surely a tape source error.
^ Thanks for that insight, Frankster.