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Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Just saw this info on the TV Tonight blog.
Something to tide us all over until Rage retro month...

http://tvtonight.com.au/2017/08/classic-countdown-to-screen-at-6pm-sundays-on-abc.html


"Classic Countdown” to screen at 6pm Sundays on ABC

Now this is clever programming….

ABC is to play old Countdown footage in its original timeslot of 6pm Sundays, narrated by an artist who performed in that episode, with Gavin Wood reprising his role as announcer.

To be billed as Classic Countdown, each episode will encompass one year and screen as one-hour episodes over 13 weeks from Sunday 17 September.

Narrators will include John Paul Young, Kate Ceberano, Steve Kilbey, Richard Clapton and more.

Countdown was a cultural phenomenon that ran from 1974-1987, becoming the soundtrack to an entire generation of Australians.

Taking a year per episode, Classic Countdown pays tribute to the iconic artists, the incredible songs and Molly!

The original episodes have been lovingly and meticulously restored and the archives carefully searched to uncover performances not seen for decades. Unashamedly nostalgic and playful, Classic Countdown will celebrate the explosion in youth culture and Aussie music that was the driving force of the show’s success.

Classic Countdown will feature the very best music from the day, presented in the classic Countdown way… the artists performing their songs to a live studio audience.

The show will also feature the very best of Molly, his unique interview style and his incredible access to the likes of Elton John, Tina Turner, Abba, David Bowie, Kate Bush – not to mention the giants of Aussie Rock. The series will mirror the Countdown run-down with highlights of Humdrum plus a selection of the songs that were performed on the show that also made it to #1 each year.

Joining the tribute, ABC Music are proud to present Classic Countdown (out September 15), a massive 4CD collection and digital album featuring the biggest and most influential hits from the iconic original series including classic tracks from ABBA, Skyhooks, Iggy Pop, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, John Farnham plus many more.

Follow Classic Countdown online at abc.net."

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Sounds a bit like Top of the Pops 2 in the UK, where they would re-air studio performances from different episodes, with a host narrating.

I'm not too keen on the "narrated by an artist who performed in that episode" bit, though, as no doubt they'll be talking over songs/hosting segments.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Christina

Joining the tribute, ABC Music are proud to present Classic Countdown (out September 15), a massive 4CD collection and digital album featuring the biggest and most influential hits from the iconic original series including classic tracks from ABBA, Skyhooks, Iggy Pop, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, John Farnham plus many more.


I knew there would be a commercial incentive for the supposedly non-commercial ABC to bother doing this, but I suppose they have to find ways to make up for some of the funds that the government has cut from them

Personally, I don't see the point of these CD tie-in releases, though, when the show was visual. I wouldn't mind DVD releases, though, but know they're generally more complicated with licensing etc. Plus there's probably generally a smaller market for them than CD's... but maybe not for Countdown. No doubt the CDs will be full of common songs that appear umpteen times on these types of compilations, like 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun'.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Yeah, the CD release is all a bit commercial and calculating but as you said, they've got to raise much needed funds anyway they can.
The eps will probably be ones we've all seen before during Rage retro month but hopefully there might be a few previously unscreened ones as well.

Still, worth checking them out anyway...

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Thanks Christina for this post!!!! Okay, so this begins on Sunday September 17th.

So I suppose it will be performances with Gavin Wood introducing them in the now in 2017 with Australian Pop Stars talking in between filmed in the now as well and then their performance shown. At least ABC are bothering to acknowledge Countdown in some form as only rage bother. But I prefer the ABC just leave it alone as rage play the full episodes which it seems the ABC will never play on it's own without having to make it new.

I hope this does not interfere with Countdown repeats in January on rage

So will it be full episodes or snippets from certain episodes, I don't know why we keep getting these CD's from the ABC of Countdown!

The Countdown DVDs THE WONDER YEARS - Volume 1 and 2 were perfect as though they were not full episodes of Countdown on DVD we at least got performances on DVD. By now we should be up to Volume 8 at least. Countdown was visual with it's unique sets etc and as performances were recorded at the ABC I don't see how hard it would be for copyright. They managed to do this fine again with The Wonder Years DVD's and they were released with no problems.

The 4 CD c r a p is going to have the same generic tracks with no imagination what so ever compiled by some person at the ABC who's music knowledge is probably not so great. There have already been a few Countdown Double CD releases over the last 2 years and the same tracks will re appear: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Love Is In The Air, Dancing Queen, Horror Movie, I'm Bored e.t.c ... yawwwwwwwwn ....

Basically, the ABC should be repeating every existing Countdown episode every Sunday without this new spin on it.

It says: The original episodes have been lovingly and meticulously restored and the archives carefully searched to uncover performances not seen for decades.

I am sure many of the so called performances which have not been seen in 'decades' have been played on rage throughout January as rage have now played a large amount of Countdown episodes and the [performances they do chose will be most likely the most popular performances. At least when rage play full episodes you get to see the more interesting performances which will most likely be ignored.

Most m o r o n s probably have no idea rage have been playing Countdown episodes for decades now every January, probably not even the ABC. Seeing they say Performances that haven't been played in decades...

VH1 on Foxtel also played stand alone performances from Countdown for a good year.

Though I am grateful for any Countdown on the ABC I really do hope rage still play Countdown episodes in full in January as I would be very annoyed to have this Classic Countdown specials ruin the Countdown on rage in January tradition

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Not sure of the exact format, Jason.
Just going by the promo blurb on the TVT site.

I'll be interested to see how they turn out.
Yeah, hopefully this doesn't change anything for "Rage Retro month."

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Okay, coming from Cameron Adams:

Spoke to executive producer. So each of the 13 episodes is a compilation of the best performances from each year Countdown was on air starting from 1975 (no 74 footage exists anymore). They've found rare Joe Cocker footage from 1977, Gavin Wood has done new voice overs and each episode is narrated by an act who appears on that episode from that year. No music videos, only performances filmed by Countdown.


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Now, I just spoke to rage on the phone and asked if these specials will effect Countdown full episodes in January and he assured me that they will have no impact on the repeats in January. He told me just think of what the ABC are playing as a bonus.

He said they aim to play at least 10 or so episodes in January and that January is going ahead as always. I also spoke to him about the great job rage are doing with the Vault specials on Mondays. He told me ABC only give them a short time and start very late but they use that time to play as many RARE videos as possible and told me it is a little hard sometimes as all the videos they get have to be sent to Sydney as all the Music Video archives are from Melbourne

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

It's certainly a great development that the ABC are screening something of Countdown apart from the Rage January season.

I think it's more the ABC wanting to show something that won't cost them much money but will rate highly in the timeslot - which I hope it does. If so, then maybe it's possible the ABC could air unedited full episodes - but I won't hold my breath on that.

I'm glad it seems as though it won't affect the January season even if the last episode of this Classic Countdown season would air on 10 December - a few weeks before January.

The CD compilation sounds pretty boring - I expect it to be the same old tracks we've heard a zillion times. I'd prefer more DVD compilations of live performances and rarities - that's much more interesting.

But any Countdown is better than none I guess - but as always I want MORE!!

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

May I add ... when speaking to the guy at rage who was really lovely, he told me that they aim to play non repeated episodes of Countdown in January. Something which rage have really made sure to keep up with as there really haven't been many repeated episodes of Countdown rage have already played over the last few years. So I am very glad they are paying attention and putting in the work to air as many episodes never played on rage before and not played since the original air dates. FANTASTIC!

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Great research, Jason.

So good to hear that Rage are making the effort to play non-repeat eps of Countdown in January.
I look forward to the bonus Classic Countdowns on Sunday nights as well - they should be good value.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

That's a nice little bonus. If it starts with 1975 on Sept 17 then it will get to 1987 on Dec 10. From there it is only a few weeks to January and full episodes.

I dare say we will know most of the footage, particularly from the 70's as it has all been shown (except for possible rarities that exist as single clips on storage tapes like the Cocker item mentioned) but it will be fun to watch anyhow.

After not having made any requests to Rage for Retro Month since the old forum closed down I have decided to email some suggestions as a few others did last year. Hopefully we get more than just 10 episodes.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Armin,

The guy at rage told me they make sure they play at least 10 in January's and over the last few years we have received at least 15 to 16 episodes a year.

I am sure there will be more than 10 Episodes

I do wish that a good copy of Plastic Bertrand's 'Ca Plane Pour Moi' performed on Countdown could be found from 1979, arghhhhhhhhhhhhh

It's one Countdown performance from the 70s I really would love to have in my collection.

Anyhow's ...

I will be submitting my Countdown Requests as well in early October via email to rage so they have time to prepare any of them.

I still want the 1982 episode played that was supposed to be played with Jo Kennedy and co hosting, instead we got the Duran Duran one. I hope that episode gets played

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

I wonder if Kate Ceberano will narrate the 1985 episode? That was really I'm Talking's year. The Crowdies narrate 1987? Wonder if Shazbot will narrate 1983 or Tim Finn? Which reminds me i don't recall Tim doing any Countdown studio performaces in 1983. We only got him hosting and his video clips. I really hope the researchers get it right and don't show performances from the wrong year. ie songs that were hits in a particular year, but released and performed the previous year....and as much as i like Jimmy Barnes, i hope he doesn't narrate an episode.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Maybe they unearthed some other treasures while they eere going through the archives

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Jason 'The Moderator"
I don't know why we keep getting these CD's from the ABC of Countdown!

The 4 CD c r a p is going to have the same generic tracks with no imagination what so ever compiled by some person at the ABC who's music knowledge is probably not so great. There have already been a few Countdown Double CD releases over the last 2 years and the same tracks will re appear: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Love Is In The Air, Dancing Queen, Horror Movie, I'm Bored e.t.c ... yawwwwwwwwn ....

I am sure many of the so called performances which have not been seen in 'decades' have been played on rage throughout January

Most m o r o n s probably have no idea rage have been playing Countdown episodes for decades now every January, probably not even the ABC. Seeing they say Performances that haven't been played in decades...


Agree with these points totally

I doubt this will impact on the forthcoming retro month, as the tribute to Michael Shrimpton last year didn't.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Jason 'The Moderator"
I also spoke to him about the great job rage are doing with the Vault specials on Mondays. He told me ABC only give them a short time and start very late but they use that time to play as many RARE videos as possible and told me it is a little hard sometimes as all the videos they get have to be sent to Sydney as all the Music Video archives are from Melbourne


Wow, that is interesting info. Good you passed on your feedback, too. I hope the Monday night Vault shows continue long into the future. They're the highlight of my week, when they're good

I always look ahead in the electronic TV guide (once it's up) to see how long the next episode runs for. Next week's is just over 2 hours, I'm pretty sure.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Jason 'The Moderator"

I still want the 1982 episode played that was supposed to be played with Jo Kennedy and co hosting, instead we got the Duran Duran one. I hope that episode gets played

That was one of my suggestions, I would like to see the Starstruck episode as well. I did say if they were to consider it then please check which episode 323 they pull out of the archives.

I did give a rather large list of 4 main episodes and a bunch of others and I would be happy if any one of them happens to make it:

The 4 main ones were:

March 16 1980 hosted by Steve Gilpin - One of the oldest surviving Countdown episode in broadcast quality that has never aired on Rage, not seen for 37 years with The Police live in the studio.

April 11 1982 (ep 323) hosted by Ross O'Donovan and Jo Kennedy from Starstruck. This episode was much anticipated when advertised last summer but unfortunately there is another Countdown episode also numbered 323 which was a Duran Duran Special (which had been shown before) which was played instead, presumably due to a mix up. It would be great if the Starstruck episode could be shown.

October 31 1982 - Advance Australia themed show full of Aussie live acts. This is one episode I often requested on the old forum. I think I first asked for this in about 2004 for the Australia Day weekend.

One episode that I suggested when Joe Cocker passed away but which I would like to see anyhow is October 19 1986 hosted by Angry Anderson and Cocker. The brilliant Jean Beauvoir performance of Feel The Heat, the debut of Noiseworks and a whole episode of clips that never get aired from Cutting Crew, Rose Tattoo, Icehouse, Jenny Morris, Do Re Mi, The Angels, Elton John, Joe Cocker and the Miami Vice man Don Johnson.



Others I wouldn't mind seeing:

June 28 1981 hosted by Daryl Cotton with 5 live acts in the studio.

January 3 1982 Summer Special - NZ Invasion. I know Nicholas has been asking for this episode for years as well.

December 4 1983 - hosted by Ross Wilson with some great clips by Mondo Rock, Dear Enemy, INXS, Little Heroes and Tim Finn. Computer One, Bon Voyage and Staring At The Embers clips have not aired on the ABC for over 30 years now - although being 1983 they are all likely to be Countdown produced clips and the Dear Enemy one did appear on the 1983 Christmas show but a different version was shown on October 16 so this may be a version not shown on Rage. Is that a good enough reason to show it? It's as good as any.

August 19 1984 hosted by David Reyne of ABC music show Sweet & Sour. Biggest cross promotion since Jesus but who cares.

February 17 1985 - hosted by Richard Bruce from Melbourne ska band No Nonense and Eric McCusker from Mondo Rock - 4 live acts and rare clips from Julian Lennon and Thompson Twins. Richard also hosted September 8 1985 - another episode not seen on Rage (where No Nonsense perform a lost classic in Simple Needs - I actually still have all 3 vinyl release versions, sad but true) and he was also a regular on Hey Hey panels for those that remember.

February 24 1985 or June 2 1985 hosted by Brian Mannix - I know Bwian is an acquired taste but I love his hosting which was always entertaining, which is no doubt why he hosted twice in one year....either that or he was cheap and available (don't answer that). 50 Years was the first song to knock We Are The World from No.1 in Melbourne after about 2 months (...at least that's how I remember it and I can't be bothered googling it to find out if it's true) and it is one of my favourite tracks from 1985. He asked where he was going to be in 50 years, well after 32 years he is struggling to get on to Rage.

April 28 1985 hosted by Ben who was chosen by Molly - if for no other reason than the rare Cats Under Pressure song Let Me Be which is an underrated classic Oz ballad. But if you do need another reason then Gang Gajang, Kids In The Kitchen and Pookah Makes Three should suffice.

1986, a most under represented year in the annals of Rage Countdown repeats, perhaps because the show was no longer at its peak. Probably best they start airing some of these before they have nothing left in the vaults apart from 1986.

August 10 1986 with I'm Taking, Geisha, Dragon and Venetians all live in the studio and rarer clips of Boom Crash Opera, Models, Spandau Ballet and Jean Beauvior.

September 7 1986 - 5 studio performances by Wa Wa Nee, Barry Michael, Geisha, Pseudo Echo and Boom Crash Opera. If that doesn't grab you then clips that never see the light of day by Queen, Peter Cetera (of Chicago), Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Robert Palmer and Euro Disco queen Sinitta should be enough to help this over the line. Can't remember if they had a clip for Sinitta or Countdown Dancers but I did record it to cassette and the evidence still exists....or did I get that off the Australian Top 40 radio show on Fox FM on a Saturday night. Can't remember, obviously 31 years is too long ago so time to show it again.

March 30 1986 - another episode that Mr Mannix hosted that has not been aired. Rare clips from The Black Sorrows and FX, Chris Isaak's debut single Dancin' and few others that sound so 1986 due to the fact they haven't been heard since.

Heading into 1987 there are some decent offerings, never shown on Rage, still available:
March 1 1987 hosted by Dave Stewart has a great Aussie track by The Pony. Spy v Spy with Sallie-Anne (story of murder victim Sallie-Anne Huckstepp) and some clips from Kissing The Pink, The D.amned and Heaven 17 that I cannot recall....were they any good? Maybe not but we will never know if we don't see them (OK, we could check YouTube but where's the fun in that).

March 29 1987 hosted by Mondo Rock who appear live along with Chantoozies and clips from Aussie acts Jenny Morris, Colin James Hay and Talk That Walk which included ex-Pseudo Echo keyboardist Tony Lugton.

I've listed that many that even if they pay no attention to my email, law of averages says something from there might make it as they do aim to play non repeated episodes.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Maybe rage could play these remastered performances in their entirety one monday night in january

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

The March 16 1980 with The Police is one episode i also want, it is ridiculous that it hasn't been played.

I just read your list of Countdown requests, there are some gems there and there are some there I think I have requested over the years as well, specifically the episode with the Countdown performance of Jean Beauvoir - Feel The Heat.


There are a few more 1980 episodes I want to see which are on my list. Will have to get my list out again as rage didn't pay much attention to my Countdown suggestions this year ...

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Kate Ceberano will be one of the narrators along with JPY,Richard Clapton and Steve Kilbey

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

At Armin, between your requests and my requests for Countdown Episodes for January, 2018 there is a high quality bunch there ... Here is the list I will be emailing rage for January, 2018.

COUNTDOWN: Date: 16/03/1980
Show no: 231
Summary: GUEST PRESENTER IS STEVE GILPIN FROM MI –SEX.
LIVE STUDIO ITEMS:
MI-SEX – PEOPLE
RADIO ACTIVE – TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
THE POLICE – WALKING ON THE MOON
DARRYL COTTON – SAME OLD GIRL
OVERSEAS ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
CLASH – LONDON CALLING
GODLEY & CRÈME – AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK
PEARL HARBOUR & THE EXPLOSIONS – DRIVIN
MICHAEL JACKSON – ROCK WITH YOU
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COUNTDOWN: Date:17/08/1980
Show no: 253
Summary:CHERRY RIPE INTERVIEWS JAMES FREUD IN LONDON AND DJ'S FROM 6PM,5AD,7HT,3XY,4BC AND 2WS HOST THE SHOW AS A LEAD UP TO THE XANADU DANCING CONTEST.
LIVE STUDIO ITEMS:
VAPORS 'TURNING JAPANESE','WAITING FOR THE WEEKEND'
JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS 'PUPPET ON A STRING'
LOCAL ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
MENTAL AS ANYTHING 'COME AROUND'
OVERSEAS ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS FROM:
ROLLING STONES, JONA LEWIE, KATE BUSH,
ROCKY BURNETTE, GRAHAM PARKER 'STUPEFACTION'

HUMDRUM ITEMS:
XANADU 'DANCIN'
CURE 'THE FOREST'
DEVO 'FREEDOM OF CHOICE'
MI-SEX 'IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I'M LAUGHING'


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COUNTDOWN: Date:22/06/1980
Show no: 245
Summary:SHOW IS HOSTED BY JAMES REYNE AND INCLS REGULAR SEGMENTS, CHARTBUSTERS AND HUMDRUM MUSIC NEWS, DURING WHICH MOLLY IV'S JANIS IAN RE HER SONGWRITING, GRAMMYS AND WORKING WITH GIORGIO MORODER.
STUDIO PERFORMANCES:
AUSTRALIAN CRAWL 'DOWNHEARTED'
CHRIS PELCER 'YOU CAN BE MY SLAVE'
JOHN FARNHAM 'HELP'
JANIS IAN 'FLY TOO HIGH'
JANIS IAN 'THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN'
VIDEO CLIPS FROM:
THE ROMANTICS, JUDIE TZUKE, SPARKS,
BROTHERS JOHNSON, THE VETERANS,
CHRISTOPHER, GARY NUMAN
______________________________________________


COUNTDOWN: Date:23/08/1981
Show no: 298
Summary:GUEST PRESENTER IS PAUL NORTHAM,LEAD SINGER FROM MEO245.
LIVE STUDIO ITEMS:
TOYSHOW 'THEN I KISSED HIM'
GILLIAN EASTOE 'ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART'
SERIOUS YOUNG INSECTS 'TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING WORDS'
LOCAL ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
SWANEE 'IF I WERE A CARPENTER'
MEO245 'OTHER PLACES'


OVERSEAS ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS FROM:
TOYAH, RAINBOW, PHD, QUICK,KIM CARNES,
KIM WILDE, DEVO
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COUNTDOWN: Date – 11/04/1982
Episode:323
Summary: HOSTED BUY JO KENNEDY & ROSS O’DONOVAN ANS IS THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE ROCK AWARDS. MOLLY INTERVIEWS JOAN ARMITRADING AND MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN LEAGUE

VIDEO CLIPS:
BLUE RONDO A LA TURK – ME & MR SANCHEZ
ROSS O’DONOVAN – I WANT TO LIVE IN A HOUSE
CHILLIWACK – GONE GONE GONE
DIVINYLS – ONLY LONELY
WENDY & THE ROCKETS – YOUR PLACE OR MINE
SHARON O’NEAL – ALL THE TEA IN CHINA
RICHARD CLAPTON – STRANGE

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COUNTDOWN FRIDAY
Friday 13th August, 1982
MADNESS – HOUSE OF FUN
THE HONEYMOON – BREAK YOUR HEART
DADDY COOL – EAGJUICE NEWTON – LOVE’S BEEN A BIT HARD ON ME
ASIA – ONLY TIME WILL TELL
DONNA SUMMER – LOVE IS IN CONTROL
GREG KIHN BAND – HAPPY MAN
THE GLOBOS – TINTARELLA DI LUNA
THE DUGITES – NO MONEY
THE QUICK – THE RHYTHM OF THE JUNGLE
THE LITTLE HEROES – YOUNG HEARTS
PATRICE RUSHEN – FORGET ME NOTS
HAIRCUT 100 – FANTASTIC DAY

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COUNTDOWN: Date:22/05/1983 Show no: 371
Summary:THIS EDITION OF COUNTDOWN FEATURED NO HOST OR STUDIO PERFORMANCES AND HUMDRUM WAS TAPED AT THE MIGHTY MUSIC MACHINE SHOP WHERE MOLLY IV'D OWNER RE HOW ALTERNATIVE, DANCE AND DISCO CHARTS ARE COMPILED. SHOW ENDED WITH MICHAEL JACKSON'S 'BEAT IT' VIDEO.
VIDEO CLIPS:
VENETIANS 'SOUND ON SOUND AND CLIPS FROM REAL LIFE, PRINCE, TEARS FOR FEARS, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, THOMAS DOLBY, SPANDAU BALLET AND MORE


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COUNTDOWN: Date:14/10/1984
Show no: 438
Summary:Summary: THIS SHOW IS HOSTED BY COMEDY DUO LOS TRIOS RINGBARKUS WHO ARE PERFORMING SKETCHES BETWEEN CLIPS. MOLLY AND MEATLOAF PRESENTING HUMDRUM VIA SATELLITE FROM LONDON.
LIVE STUDIO PERFORMANCE:
EUROGLIDERS - MAYBE ONLY I DREAM
VIDEO CLIPS:
KAM SHA 'HE WILL SLEEP PLUS TINA TURNER, COREY HART
MADONNA, MODELS, BRONSKI BEAT, CULTURE CLUB, LOS TRIOS AND MORE
__________________________________________________

COUNTDOWN: Date: 19/08/1984
Show no: 430
Summary: THIS SHOW WAS HOSTED BY DAVID REYNE
LOCAL ARTISTS:
THE TAKEAWAY’S - SWEET & SOUR
LE CLUB FOOTE – WARNING
VERTICAL HOLD – USA
NXS – BURN FOR YOU
OVERSEAS ARTISTS:
GUY DELANDRO - DRIVING ME WILD
BERLIN – NO MORE WORDS AND MORE …

_______________________________________________________________________________


COUNTDOWN: Date: 27/10/1985
Show no: 485
Summary: THIS SHOW IS HOSTED BY MEMBERS FROM KIDS IN THE KITCHEN AND PRESENTS FTG OF MICHAEL JACKSON IN PERTH. MOLLY IV SCOTT FROM KIDS IN THE KITCHEN RE ALBUM.;
LIVE STUDIO PERFORMANCES:;
PSEUDO ECHO 'DON'T GO';
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN 'NOT THE WAY';
JOHN SWAN & BAND 'SAY YOU'LL DO SOMETHING';
VIDEO CLIPS FROM:
MARK EDWARDS, THE CURE, KATE BUSH, ICEHOUSE, RED BOX, SIMPLE MINDS AND MORE ...

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COUNTDOWN: Date: 10/02/1985
Show no; 449

HOSTED BY KATE CEBERANO AND IAN COX

FEATURING:
I’M TALKING – TRUST ME
CULTURE CLUB – MISTAKE NO.3
COREY HART – IT AIN’T ENOUGH
NIK KERSHAW – THE RIDDLE
TEARS FOR FEARS =- SHOUT AND MORE …


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COUNTDOWN: Date: 21/07/1985
Show no: 471

DAVE AND BRAD FROM HOODOO GURUS ARE THE HOSTS OF THIS SHOW.

LIVE STUDIO PERFORMANCES:
SCRITTI POLITTI – THE WORD GIRL (PRE RECORDED)
DO RE MI – MAN OVERBOARD (PRE RECORDED)

VIDEO CLIPS:

YELLO – VICIOUS GAMES
STEPHEN DUFFY – ICING ON THE CAKE
STING – IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SET THEM FREE)
TINA TURNER – WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (IV RE SINGLE AND VIDEO CLIP) AND MORE …


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COUNTDOWN
Date: 10/08/1986
LIVE STUDIO PERFORMANCES:
I’M TALKING – HOLY WORD
GEISHA – PART TIME LOVE AFFAIR
VENETIANS – IF SOMEBODY LOVE’S YOU
DRAGON – DREAMS OF ORDINARY MEN
VIDEO CLIPS:
JEAN BEAUVOIR – FEEL THE HEAT
SPANDAU BALLET – FIGHT FOR OURSELVES
BOOM CRASH OPERA – HANDS UP IN THE AIR
BANANARAMA – VENUS
MODELS – EVOLUTION

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COUNTDOWN:
Date: 09/01/1986 …. Show no: 3

THIS SHOW IS HOSTED BY MOLLY MELDRUM:
LOCALS ARTISTS:
KOO DE TAH – BODY TALK
MODELS – KING OF KINGS
MARK EDWARDS – WORLDS AWAY
OVERSEAS ARTISTS:
MATT BIANCO – YEH YEH
PLATINUM BLONDE – CRYING OVER YOU
NENA – IT’S ALL IN THE GAME
YIL TUESDAY – LOVE IN A VACUUM
ARCADIA – ELECTION DAY
THOMPSON TWINS – KING FOR A DAY
THE CURE – CLOSE TO ME
MICK JAGGER – HARD WOMAN
FERGAL SHARKEY – A GOOD HEART IS HARD TO FIND


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COUNTDOWN:
Date:09/11/1986
Show:534

MOLLY IV’S DAVID SYLVIAN, EX JAPAN RE SOLO ALBUM, POSSIBLE TOUR AND FUTURE PROJECTS INTERCUT WITH CLIP FOR ‘SILVER MOON’

PRE RECORDED STUDIO PERFORMANCE;
ICEHOUSE – CROSS THE BORDER

VIDEO CLIPS:
DEAD OR ALIVE – BRAND NEW LOVER
JOAN JETT – GOOD MUSIC
JANET JACKSON – WHEN I THINK OF YOU (INTRODUCED BY JANET JACKSON)
DURAN DURAN – NOTORIOUS
POLICE – DON’T STAND SO CLOSE AND MORE …

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COUNTDOWN: Date – 28/06/1987
SHOE HOSTED BY DAVE DOBYN

LIVE STUDIO PERFORMANCES:
THAT’S THAT – GIVE ME RHYTHM
BOOM CRASH OPERA – CITY FLAT
PAINTERS & DOCKERS – NUDE SCHOOL
DAVE DOOBYN – YOU OUGHTA BE IN LOVE

VIDEO CLIPS:
THE BIG SUPREME – PLEASE YOURSELF
JIM KEAYS – UNDECIDED
DAVID BOWIE – TIME WILL CRAWL
CAROL HBITCHCOCK – GET READY
THE CURE – WHY CAN’T I BE YOU
GO WEST – I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU
BILLY IDOL – SWEET SIXTEEN

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Hopefully some of our suggestions get to see the light of day Jason. There are still a lot of good episodes that have yet to be screened by Rage.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

I had one episode played for me this year from 1982 with Jo Kennedy in the studio performing Body & Soul so if I can get at least 4 of my show requests and hope you get a good bunch of your splayed as well.

I also want this episode for Craze with Motions


COUNTDOWN: Date: 04/05/1980
Show 238:
JON ENGLISH HOSTS THE SHOW.

LIVE STUDIO ITEMS:
SHARON O’NEAL – WORDS
JAMES FREUD & THE RADIO STARS – MODERN GIRL
SINCLAIR BROTHERS – IT MUST BE AUTUMN
JON ENGLISH – CARMILLA
TOMMY SHAW – BOAT ON THE RIVER

OVERSEAS ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
CRAZE – MOTIONS
GARY NUMAN – ON BROADWAY
GODLEY & CRÈME – AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK AND MORE….

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

All great suggestions.

I would also like to see this one, mainly for Sharon O'Neill and The Dugites.

07/09/1980
Show no: 256
THIS WEEK FEATURES AN INTERVIEW WITH THE TOURISTS. HOST LINKS ARE DONE BY THE LEAD SINGERS
OF EACH BAND PERFORMING LIVE.
LIVE STUDIO ITEMS:
MI-SEX 'IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I'M LAUGHING'
HEROES 'BABY'S HAD A TASTE'
SHARON O'NEIL 'HOW DO YOU TALK TO BOYS'
BOYS 'WHEN YOU'RE LONELY'
LOCAL ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
DUGITES 'GOODBYE'
OVERSEAS ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
MOTELS 'DANGER'
MARTHA & THE MUFFINS 'ECHO BEACH'
TOURISTS 'I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU'
DAVID BOWIE 'ASHES TO ASHES'
CARS 'TOUCH AND GO'
CHARTBUSTERS:
OL'55 'TWO FACES HAVE I'
JAMES FREUD 'MODERN GIRL'
MANHATTAN TRANSFER 'TWILIGHT ZONE'
ERIC CARMEN 'IT HURTS TOO MUCH'
ROCKY BURNETTE 'FALLIN' IN LOVE'
HUMDRUM ITEMS:
PHIL LYNOTT 'KINGS CALL'
GEORGE BENSON 'GIVE ME THE NIGHT'
DADDY COOL 'EAGLE ROCK'
TOP TEN ITEMS:
AUSTRALIAN CRAWL 'DOWNHEARTED'
KISS 'SHANDI'
ROCKY BURNETTE 'FALLIN' IN LOVE'
ROLLING STONES 'EMOTIONAL RESCUE'
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN/ELO 'XANADU'
VILLAGE PEOPLE 'CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC'
ROMANTICS 'WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU'
GENGHIS KHAN 'MOSCOW'

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Great episode Brad!

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Unfortunately, it would not surprise me at all if they crop the Countdown performances shown as part of these specials so that they appear widescreen; in fact, I'm expecting that they will do this.

I saw the One Plus One interview with Marcia Hines last night, and any Countdown footage they showed of her during it was cropped/zoomed in on so that it appeared widescreen.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

In some respects I wish they filmed the show as [ironically] this would pose less of a problem with High Definition and upscalling, than video sourced programmes.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

To those that religiouslly check the electronic program guide, do we know if and when Sunday's Countdown will be repeated during the week?

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Michael
To those that religiouslly check the electronic program guide, do we know if and when Sunday's Countdown will be repeated during the week?


If they were to give us ''the full COUNTDOWN experience" then a repeat at the same time on the Saturday evening following. Alas I don't know what they have in store for us in 2017!

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

For some reason i thought it started tonight.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

How do you go about getting the phone number for Rage

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Michael
To those that religiouslly check the electronic program guide, do we know if and when Sunday's Countdown will be repeated during the week?



It looks like Classic Countdown will be repeated on Saturday mornings at 11:00 after rage on ABC1.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

^ I noticed that too.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Ripped Off! I wonder why they cut short the Cyndi Lauper performance of 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' from tonight's 1984 episode????? It's one of the best studio performances.

Re: Classic Countdown to Screen from 6pm Sunday Nights from 17th September

Michael
Ripped Off! I wonder why they cut short the Cyndi Lauper performance of 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' from tonight's 1984 episode????? It's one of the best studio performances.
Michael, not having seen the Cyndi performance in some time, I gather it closed the show for the episode it was on... in which case it would have had Countdown's closing credits graphics over the top (unless they had the performance on a separate source tape, too). The same thing happened with Divine - a fade-out as soon as the closing credits started.