It’s week four of Retro Month on Rage – and before we leave the time machine, we're bringing you in for a soft landing with some Recovery and The 10:30 Slot from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Guests and performers include TISM, Jimmy Little, Gerling, Suze DeMarchi and Shihad.
Catch the fourth installment of Retro Month on Saturday, January 26 from 10:14am and later that night from 12:30am on ABC TV.
And as a BONUS tune in late Tuesday night, January 29 after 1:50am for our farewell to Retro Month with an extra episode of Countdown and some Beatbox.
At least rage are playing one extra Countdown and Beatbox.
I guess this is partial redemption for letting us down in weeks 3 & 4 this year.
I'm pleased to have an extra Countdown. Hopefully they go back to the old winning formula of wall-to-wall episodes next year with a couple of Rock Arenas thrown in.
Although the final Saturday night isn’t as promising it is hopeful that at least Rage are going to play one more Countdown show as well as a Beatbox which was a nice surprise as to what episode mmmm.... Better than nothing on Tuesday morning which is reserved for new releases usually. Although I’m not overly fussed on this coming Saturday I do look forward to seeing the Suze DeMarchi performance since I have followed her music and Baby Animals. Have even met her a few times after the odd show. I suspect I might have missed it when it was played the first time so that is one saving grace for this Saturday. Hoping 2020 will play a few Rock Arena shows along with remaining Countdown shows that have still not aired since the 1980s too so at least it makes up for lack of interest this coming Saturday night.
Will be contacting Rage this year to request a few Rock Arenas and a dozen or so Flashez inserts
Hi Armin, Thank you for you excellent info, you must have a brilliant filing system in place to be able to reel out that info! Much appreciated!!:grinning:
The Tuesday morning playlist is up, actual start is about 1:52am
COUNTDOWN February 14, 1982 (Devo, Peter Cupples Band, Heaven, The Church, Ultravox)(ABC)
BEATBOX June 15, 1985 (Beargarden, The Stranglers, Cathy McQuade) (ABC)
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY - LIVE Dead Song (Mushroom)
Disappointed that they are showing a repeated Countdown which was shown in 2002 so that means we only had 14 new Countdowns this year. The playlist is:
THIS IS THE FIRST SHOW FOR 1982 AND THERE IS AN INTERVIEW WITH ULTRAVOX AT ORMOND COLLEGE, MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY.
LIVE STUDIO ITEMS:
DEVO 'WHIP IT','WORKING IN A COALMINE'
PETER CUPPLES BAND 'BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER'
CHURCH 'ALMOST WITH YOU'
LOCAL ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
CHEETAH 'BANG BANG'
OVERSEAS ARTISTS VIDEO CLIPS:
DURAN DURAN 'MY OWN WAY'
ADAM & THE ANTS 'ANT RAP'
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN 'MAKE A MOVE ON ME'
BILL WYMAN 'COME BACK SUZANNE'
DEPECHE MODE 'JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH'
ABBA 'ONE OF US'
HALL & OATES 'I CAN'T GO FOR THAT'
TOYAH 'THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS'
PETE SHELLEY 'HOMOSAPIEN'
ACDC 'LET'S GET IT UP'
J GEILS BAND 'CENTREFOLD'
HUMAN LEAGUE 'LOVE ACTION'
OUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING 'LAWN CHAIRS'
FOREIGNER 'WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU'
ORPHANS 'HOP SKIP JUMP'
TOP TEN ITEMS:
CLIFF RICHARD 'WIRED FOR SOUND'
DURAN DURAN 'GIRLS ON FILM'
CARS 'SHAKE IT UP'
STEWART & GASKIN 'IT'S MY PARTY'
FOREIGNER 'WAITING FOR A GIRL'
MEN AT WORK 'DOWNUNDER'
BARRY MANILOW 'LET'S HANG ON'
GO GO'S 'OUR LIPS ARE SEALED'
SOFT CELL 'TAINTED LOVE'
LINDSAY BUCKINGHAM 'TROUBLE'
Beatbox looks very interesting. I hope the Beargarden performance is Drink, Drink, Drink. Curious to see what Cathy McQuade will do, she had performed with The Ears and Deckchairs Overboard along with doing vocals for Sweet and Sour.
Yes - very disappointing that the Countdown is one they have repeated before - back in 2002 by the look of it. Still it was back in the old analogue days and most of us will only have a VHS quality copy, hence it will be an upgrade condition-wise.
Saturday night, well all I can say is I wont catch even one second of it. Only 3 weeks of Retro this year, I personally dont classify Recovery and 1030 slop as Retro.
Why these tapes cant be permanently wiped and the missing Countdowns come back to life - well all I can do is dream.
BEATBOX June 15, 1985 (Beargarden, The Stranglers, Cathy McQuade) (ABC)
Interesting to see 'Working Class Man' by Jimmy Barnes aired so early, unless the dating is incorrect. Everything else about it does seem mid-1985 though.
He hadn't even released 'I'd Die To Be With You Tonight' until 26 August, then 'Working Class Man' on 11 November!
I quite enjoyed that Beatbox.
While I like the idea of these bonus episodes (though it wasn't really as what they give with one hand they take away with the other, hence no Vault), the episode of Beatbox itself was a bit ordinary. It served to remind me that, outside of Countdown, the ABC hadn't yet hit upon the right balance of music to appeal to everyone. There was a huge bias towards the heavy alternative end of the spectrum, with Beargarden the only concession towards current pop, and what has to have been a deliberate avoidance of top 40 (apart from ZZ Top I guess, on the heavy end).
Definitely that ABC brand of Triple J type programming though, which I recall finding boring as a teenager, and that hasn't changed.
You don't think that Countdown + Rock Arena already had the mainstream stuff well covered?
I like that Rock Arena was a mix of chart pop and alternative acts. Yes you got some dreadful artists like Nick Cave but you also got alternative artists that I like such as The Smiths or The Go Betweens who you rarely if ever saw on Countdown
The Beatbox episode started out as very ordinary and I didn't think it would get better but then when Sam Sejavka spoke and they played Beargarden it then got better from there.
I particularly really enjoyed some bands and artists I had never heard of before like the track and animated video sections of Peter Westhiemer which I thought was SUPERB!!!!!!
Also Cuckoos were extremely great, good track and video!!!!!
Xavion with Eat Your Heart Out was quite brilliant indeed!!!!
And Statues Cry, their track was rather good as well.
Regarding Countdown, as we all already have that episode it was nothing new but it's a GREAT episode indeed. So much healthy acts especially from the UK, 1982 being my favourite year of music and video EVER!
I did find that the quality of the episode of Countdown has since deteriorated somewhat since 2002.
It is so sad that rage goes retro is actually finished now :-( Because we didn't get COuntdown or any other 80s programming on rage goes retro 3, last night just went very fast.
Can't wait till January 2020, sigh .....
I use to watch Beatbox back in the 80s, it wasn't overly alternative compared to Countdown, Rock Arena or even Sounds.
Triple J was double J back then, which meant it was still the Sydney only music station.
They had no significant control over what the ABC shows played back then. That didnt start till the 90s and beyond when they went national with FM.
I wish rage would play two of the episodes left in the archives of Between The Teeth.
I LOVED this show in 1986 that aired for a few months on Saturday mornings.
"Between The Teeth" LOL! I clean had forgotten all about that show, but certainly remember the intro to it, but not much else! 1986 was it? Well there you go!Do you remember the show "Home" with the theme song "Home, Home, Home is where the heart is"? 1983 from memory. It's about the only show my sister and I would watch that we both liked - everything else would end up in a fight, particularly when it came to who liked the best music :smile:
Agree with your opinion on the 1982 episode, there was some great stuff there including the single version video of My Own Way! IMO the quality of that particular show may only look poorer in quality than the 2002 showing of it because back in '02 it was only an analogue broadcast and therefore may not have highlighted the quality issue as much as digital does. My analogue recording of it from 2002 is ok, but it's third generation as I was at the Gold Coast in Jan '02 & had to borrow all the Countdown's from a mate, then record to VHS from his VHS & then later onto DVD.
I *loved* me some MC Tee Vee.
Wow, yes i remember 'Between The Teeth' too. It was still playing around August/September '87 as i recorded an episode that had Jody Watley's follow up to 'Looking for a New Love' ...'Still A Thrill' and remember an episode or maybe it was the same with Janet's 'The Pleasure Principle'. I remember the big teeth that would come up on the screen every now and then when a video ended/started.
Annette was also on the SBS show "Eat Carpet" at times I believe.
Nathan, I often think about what you were saying about how 2002 was 17 years ago & that 17 years before that was 1985. Very bizarre, as the understanding of time from 1985 to 2002 seems much longer than 2002 to 2019 seems. I guess that's just a case of time going quicker the older you get :man:
I too vaguely remember The Noise And Eat Carpet too. I never regularly watched these back then. Now I wish I had of. Music shows I do remember watching regular other than ‘Countdown’ were ‘Sounds’ with Donnie Sutherland on Saturday mornings, Music Video with John Torv later Basia Bonkowski on Friday and Saturday nights late, Nightmoves with Lee Simon, After Dark With Glenn A. Baker, Rock Arena on Tuesday nights with Andrew Peters, Glenn Shorrock And later Suzanne Dowling, Nightshift and afternoon music shows on Nine like Wavelength with Jonathan Coleman and Rockit which was on weekends same time as Beatbox from memory on Nine. Nigh Shift was one late night music show too that I think replaced Music Video on Ten. Late Night With Jono And Dano during the mid 80s would also play music clips now and again too. Until the late period of the 1980s with the advent of music video clip shows like Rage, Video Hits, MTV, Saturday Morning Live, Spin & Video Smash Hits.
In addition to the others mentioned, does anyone (possibly only in South Australia) remember Music Express, Trax, Simulrock, Clipz and Power Cuts?
Just googled Penne Dennison as the name sounded familiar. She was on Hey Hey so that's probably it. Also hosted Ground Zero but don't recall watching it.
It's Power Cuts was on Southern Cross Network in Bendigo, Swan Hill and Gippsland, VIC-TV in Ballarat and Shepparton or Prime Television in Albury/Wodonga?