P U T R I D ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! My beloved Countdown is really gone :-(
It was a time when grunge ruled, hip hop was in its prime and pop music as we knew it would change for good.
That’s right, it was the 1990s, aka a time when heavy metal and pop existed side by side in the charts and skate punk was not only a genre but a lifestyle choice. And now, over two decades later, week four of Retro Month is taking you back to the era of flannel, cargo pants and bucket hats, with the best of the 1999 Rage guest programmers.
1999 was a huge year for Rage, with festivals such as the Big Day Out bringing massive acts to our sunny shores. And the likes of Marilyn Manson, Hole, Placebo, Green Day, Blink-182, Silverchair, Sepultura, Mix Master Mike, and Garbage all hosted our humble little show.
As Double J revisit the triple j Hottest 100 of 1999 this January 27, we decided it was time to dust off our own tapes (literally) from that very year. There may not be any Countdown, GTK, Rock Arena or Recovery eps in the mix this week, but there’s a whole slate of Rage retro footage that hasn’t aired since the end of the millennium.
So get ready to relive some of the most memorable 1999 Rage couch moments this Saturday January 25 from 10am, and later that night from 10:49pm on ABC TV. Then tune in to Double J from 10am Monday January 27 to remember one of the best Hottest 100s that ever went to air.
And of course, the 2019 triple j Hottest 100 will be bringing you the best tracks of last year, as voted by you, all day Saturday January 25 from 12pm.
No Countdown, thats ****ed. What do they think Retro month is for ?
A good start has ended in a bad finish :(
Unfortunately, 1999 is now Retro but it doesn't at all look Retro, it just looks depressing as it was depressing in the 90's!
Seems to be the new pattern for retro month. Start off with a bang, finish off with a barf :face_with_thermometer:
Indeed ... I just had someone telling me on Facebook:
1999 had just as much as good music as 1989 or 1981 or 1984 has. Maybe you should listen. The 1980s had just as much ****e as the 90s, plenty of Countdown episodes have proven that.
Looking through my music collection ... yeah, 1999 was a pretty lean year.
However there was still some good music released. The real crime here is that Rage have chosen to ignore it all and give us the dregs instead. I mean I love the 1980s, but if they dedicated a night to the s#!ttiest music that charted in 1980 I wouldn't be impressed with that either.
OK, I like the 1990's as I was a teenager then. But sticking to 1999? Blah. I've been going through four year's of "rage" recordings the last few weeks, including their 1990's special from a couple of years ago. Five hours and over half of what they played was not to my taste at all. To put it nicely.
Mind you, personally, my favourite music is 1950's rock and roll. And '88-'93 house and techno. Followed by rock music. So this "rage" on Saturday could be great. It could be ****. I'm going to wait for the actual playlist to go up on Friday before I pass judgement. Plus I'm going to record it anyway. I collect music of every kind, even if I don't like it. I don't have to listen to it.
While I agree with your comments to a certain extent, your use of colourful language isn't appreciated.
Ummmm .... this is my Forum and I can use the word F U C K if I wish. Seriously? Are you that much of a prude.
Matt73, you are more than welcome to not use this Forum 'I' created.
If you want a Forum with no swearing now and again I suggest you start your own. I pay good money to keep my website up every year to celebrate Countdown and also pay money every month for this Forum so people can enjoy using it and if one swear word is really that offensive I suggest you get some humour perhaps.
1999 was easily the worst year of the 90s, musically. So, of course it's the one that rage have focused on. But as I've commented on their facebook post, the guest programmers they will air aren't even representative of what was popular in 1999 - it'll be just what Triple J thought was 'cool', and their focus was on awful Australian male vocal-led pub rock 'alternative' bands by that stage (think: Jebediah, Frenzal Rhomb and the like).
It would be like if, instead of airing Countdown to represent the 80s, rage instead decided to have a night of 80s 'alternative' music clips, like The Birthday Party, The Sisters of Mercy, The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure (who I like, but you know what I mean), The Reels - as if that, and only that, represented what the 80s were about, musically.
Nathan, you forgot their staple Joy Divisions ' Love Will Tear Us Apart'. I like the song, but really? every week???? PS - I only just discovered Paul Young's version on 'No Parlez'! I bought it recently as a reissue on record - purple with red wine marbling!
And I have supported your forum too over the years plus many many years ago had a truck load of C'downs transferred to DVD for you & I simply comment about inappropriate language that just makes an otherwise mature forum look bogan then so be it. Assuming you don't want the Countdown Revolution full episode that I have had since November featuring your "beloved" Boy George, just one of seven complete episodes in excellent condition received from an old school friend that recorded them back in '89 & '90..... I bid you farewell.
Now, now, settle down, gentleman. Sit down and have a cold beer / hot coffee and discuss it. I have a feeling you're both just stressed out and if you sat down for a yarn, you'd both relax and have a good time.
Now, as for passing judgement on this week's playlist..... meh! Nothing really bad that I don't like, but nothing really great that I'd love to get. And that is really all I can say about it.
Matt73 I Would be interested in any Countdown Revolution shows you may have also and happy to help with something else you are after in return too. Just msg me through my email. I don’t get much time to get on here as much as I would like though your post did catch my eye. Don’t mind if it is online with for example WeTransfer or copied to a DVD. Whatever way is convenient is fine with me.
Yeah this 1999 stuff is horrible. Very disappointing indeed. Wait all year for these weekends in January.
It like with any new era it's starts off with a bang and ends in a whimper. The new wave 80s did it and here we have the 1999 with all it's derivative excesses. A few good songs but mostly bands just treading water until something new comes along. There was a slight bump for rock after this period but even now rock has completely disappeared off the charts and we just have pap.
As the programmers get younger and we get older we might not even see countdown on retro month at all.