Only 2 Countdown's again this weekend from 1983 and 1985. And COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION November 26th, 1989 which is the BATDANCE COMPETITION! I will see myself A LOT on that episode, YAY! smile emoticon How exciting .... Plus another 2 Countdown Revolutions.
Show no: 365
Summary:THIS SHOW WAS KNOWN AS A VIDEOTAPE INSERT SHOW THEREFORE THERE WERE NO STUDIO ACTS. THE SHOW WAS
HOSTED BY DAVE MASON (OF THE 'REELS') AND CO-HOSTED BY MOLLY MELDRUM (WITH BOWLER HAT) LIVE VIA SATELLITE FROM VARIOUS LOCATIONS (HOUSES OF PARL, BUCKINGHAM PALACE & TOWER BRIDGE) AROUND LONDON. CLIPS OF PAST AUSTRALIAN ROCK MUSIC AWARDS WERE SHOWN. MOLLY WITH HUMDRUM MENTIONED THAT HE HAD DONE MANY IV'S WITH VARIOUS STARS, DISCUSSED AUST ARTISTS SUCCESS IN BRITAIN AND INTRODUCED SOME CLIPS.
LOCAL ARTISTS:THE REELS 'LAST NIGHT'
ROSE TATOO 'BRANDED'
ANGELS (ADELAIDE GROUP) 'EAT CITY'
MENTAL AS ANYTHING 'SPIRIT GOT LOST'
MEN AT WORK 'OVERKILL'
BILLY IDOL 'WHITE WEDDING'
BELLE STARS 'SIGN OF THE TIMES'
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN 'THE CUTTER'
WHAM 'WHAM RAP'
EURYTHMICS 'LOVE IS A STRANGER'
NATIONAL TOP TEN:
CULTURE CLUB 'TIME' (NO.10)
KENNY ROGERS & SHEENA EASTON 'WE'VE GOT TONIGHT' (NO.9)
KAJAGOOGOO 'TOO SHY' (NO.8)
MARVIN GAYE 'SEXUAL HEALING' (NO.7)
LAURA BRANIGAN 'GLORIA' (NO.6)
PHIL COLLINS 'YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE' (NO.5)
BLANCMANGE 'LIVING ON THE CEILING' (NO.4)
DIRE STRAITS 'TWISTING BY THE POOL' (NO.3)
MICHAEL JACKSON 'BILLY JEAN' (NO.2)
JOE COCKER & JENNIFER WARNES 'UP WHERE WE BELONG' (NO.1)
Show no: 457
Summary:THIS SHOW WAS HOSTED BY MOLLY IV PHIL COLLINS RE SINGLE, STUDIO RECORDING, AUSTRALIA AND WORLD TOUR AND WORKING WITH OTHER ARTISTS.
LIVE STUDIO PERFORMANCE (PRE-RECORDED):
CATS UNDER PRESSURE 'LET ME BE'
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN 'SOMETHING THAT YOU SAID'
ROCKMELONS 'TIME OUT (FOR SERIOUS FUN)'
BUCKFIELD/REYNE 'R.O.C.K. ROCK'
PHIL COLLINS 'SUSSUDIO' (EXCERPT), 'ONE MORE NIGHT'
JULIAN LENNON 'SAY YOU'RE WRONG'
KING 'LOVE & PRIDE'
STEPHEN DUFFY 'KISS ME'
NIK KERSHAW 'WIDE BOY'
TOM PETTY 'DON'T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE' (EXCERPT)
AMADEUS MONTAGE (SYMPHONY 29 - MOZART)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 'I'M ON FIRE' (EXCERPT)
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 'WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME'
COUNTDOWN MUSIC AND VIDEO AWARDS NOMINATIONS (EXCERPTS):
DRAGON 'SPEAK NO EVIL'
MENTAL AS ANYTHING 'YOU'RE SO STRONG'
DYNAMIC HEPNOTICS 'GOTTA BE WRONG'
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 'BORN IN THE USA'
DON HENLEY 'BOYS OF SUMMER'
BILLY OCEAN 'LOVER BOY'
MURRAY HEAD 'ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK'
MADONNA 'MATERIAL GIRL'
DEAD OR ALIVE 'YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD)'
POINTER SISTERS 'NEUTRON DANCE'
JIM DIAMOND 'I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER'
TEARS FOR FEARS 'SHOUT'
USA FOR AFRICA 'WE ARE THE WORLD'
Cool, I like that Julian Lennon song (and don't have the video). I won a VHS compilation with it on it on eBay... except they sent me the wrong one (though it has some other rare videos on it, so I didn't mind that much).
I love the 1985 episode.
Hopefully someone will be able to capture "Kiss Me" by Stephen Duffy as there is a serious lack of it on youtube except one in very poor quality. If anyone does this I'd really appreciate a copy.
pissed that Countdown doesn't start til 1am. I enjoy watching the show 'live', but I think I will be recording the night.
I can't believe they have James Reyne/Lin Buckfields video. This is as rare as hens teeth. I think even rarer.
Yes, 1985 Let's Go is a great album. ROCK Rock will be a great rare addition.
The other Reyne-related song by Cats Under Pressure is also on that compilation too.
Daryl Braithwaite would cover the Cats Under Pressure track on his Edge album
One thing that occurred to me last night... the last Countdown Revolution episode runs for 54 minutes according to the rage app, but weren't all of the episodes only 28 and a half minutes long? Unless it was a special/'double' episode or something (this was the Batdance competition episode Jason appears in the audience in).
Was the Batdance episode aired on a Friday night? I used to watch CR all the time, but would miss the Friday night episodes. So, I don't really recall this episode.
I think Daryl's version of 'Let Me Be' way surpasses Cats Under Pressure's version. Funny how the other brother (James) would end up doing vocals on another Simon Hussey project in 92/93 with the group 'Company of Strangers' and with Daryl coming on board also....and....on James' album 'Electric Digger Dandy' released in mid '91 one of the tracks is 'Company of Strangers'. I bought their album in '93 when it came out and I remember seeing James live for the first time in '92 and he sung 'Motor City (I Get Lost)' as part of the set list and it was only just released as a single. Great stuff!
Guru, you probably saw a few years back that raged played 'This Is Not America' on one of their GP Saturday nights?
I hope 'R.O.C.K. ROCK gets played in full and without Gavin's voiceover.
Wasn't Freestyle records an Australian Crawl label?
It was great to see the original 1983 promo for 'Blue Monday' air this morning.
Bugger! missed it. I saw on rage's facebook that you and Jason were after the original 'Blue Monday' video.
It was aired at 9:30 this morning. Aren't the Thursday night repeats the 10:30-11:30 Saturday morning slot?
I just realised we have the 'April' theme happening again this week.
Also, yourtv.com.au says that rage finishes at 7am and the playlist only goes up til 6.30am.
Yep, 'Blue Monday' will be repeated Sunday night (technically Monday morning), around (or just before) 1:00am.
The original TOTP performance was actually live vocal and music (I've got a copy of it form a US promo 'reel')... well, as 'live' as programmed synthesisers can be... hence why Hooky's drumming doesn't quite match the studio recording that rage have overdubbed onto it. 'Barney's chewing gum as he sings, too
Really enjoyed the April 1985 episode, though it was disapponting that ROCK Rock was an excerpt and not the full clip. Would have liked a full version of that and Dynamic Hepnotics.
Does anyone else dread the Rage date subtitles appearing over a rare clip you want "clean"? At least it didn't appear over Julian Lennon, Stephen Duffy or Cats Under Pressure.
Quality-wise, there were a few odd choices in the episode. That Rockmelons song was light years away from the quality of their hits a few years later. Who was that female singer?
I actually enjoyed the 1985 edition of Antenna too. What timeslot was that originally aited in? I was unaware that it existed at the time, if I knew i definately would have taped the music videos off it.
Couldn't keep watching the Countdown Revolution Batdance special, despite the presence of Kylie and Collette. What a strange concept, and dated very quickly. Was Batdancing EVER a thing?
Yeah, but don't forget the dance competitions during the Countdown years of 'Saturday Night Fever', 'Xanadu' & 'Flashdance'.
Thanks Brett for the info on Sandi Chick
Guru Bob confirmed it a few years ago when I raised the Q about the female singer of The Rockmelons. Yes, that is her in the Scribble video 'Adaptability'.