One of the best things about Rock Arena aside from the videos and interviews is Suzanne Dowling - the previous host is okay but Suzanne is the best
Saturday night 6 February 2021 on ABC 1
SPACE INVADERS Player One (WEA)
DEVO - LIVE ON COUNTDOWN Workin' In A Coalmine (Warner)
SPLIT ENZ I Got You (Fest/Mush)
COUNTDOWN April 27, 1980 (237: Gil Tucker, Mental As Anything, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons) (ABC)
SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES Spellbound (Independent)
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Nick The Stripper (Mushroom)
COUNTDOWN December 13, 1981 (314: James Reyne, Australian Crawl, Joe Dulce) (ABC)
THE CHURCH - LIVE ON COUNTDOWN Unguarded Moment (EMI)
THE CURE Charlotte Sometimes (Warner)
COUNTDOWN May 28, 1982 (330: Dr Hook, Sardine) (ABC)
DURAN DURAN Hungry Like The Wolf (EMI)
COUNTDOWN February 26, 1984 (405, Alex Smith from Moving Pictures) (ABC)
GARY NUMAN Down In The Park (Warner)
DAVID BOWIE - LIVE China Girl (Virgin)
DAVID BOWIE Sorrow (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE - LIVE Fame (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE Valentine's Day (Universal)
DAVID BOWIE Fashion (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE D.J. (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE Life On Mars (EMI)
COUNTDOWN Interview with David Bowie, November 10th, 1978 ()
DAVID BOWIE - LIVE Suffragette City (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE- LIVE Ziggy Stardust (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE Ashes To Ashes (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE Be My Wife (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE Strangers When We Meet (EMI)
DAVID BOWIE I'd Rather Be High (Sony)
DAVID BOWIE Little Wonder (BMG)
DAVID BOWIE Boys Keep Swinging (EMI)
I'm very happy with the Countdowns they have chosen - all from early 80s. I prefer them to later 80s. Disappointing that they are repeating film clips we've seen plenty of times already in between Countdowns. Still annoyed that they aren't showing more Countdowns, and that they aren't starting at an earlier time, say around 11pm like last year. The sad possibility is that they will show less Countdowns and more other shows as February progresses - let's hope not.
Only one more sleep til ....
Starting off the night with a bang with Space Invaders. I enjoy Countdowns from every era so happy with whatever they play. The one hosted by dorky Constable Roy Baker from Cop Shop should be fun. A Rock Arena would be nice though hopefully we'll get a couple in the next few weeks.
I for one really enjoyed RockA rena in the 80s and still now. It's nostalgic for me and I got to record some AMAZING Dance and Alternative videos on RA in the 80s which Countdown didn't play.
COuntdown is my NUMBER ONE but I loved Rock Arena and The Noise on SBS desperately!
You can blame me for the 1986 Rock Arena as I requested it for the David Sylvian interview as I am a huge Japan and Sylvian fan and I LOVE that interview that Suzanne conducted with My Sylvian xxxx Sigh ...
I however HATED the 1989 ROck Arena and stopped the recorder and stopped watching, I LOATHE The Black Sorrows and 1989 is ****E.
I don';t have any high hopes for week 3 this weekend but live in hope that week 4, rage play some Countdown!
All four Countdown episodes on Week 1 were on ym request list and I got one of the Rock Arena's I want so I should shut up BUT I won't because let's face it. We all want as much Countdown as possible!!!!!!!!!!
I think lots of GTK this weekend coming which is of NO interest to me! It's VILE
Retro Month 2021: Week Three
Tune in to week three of Retro Month Saturday, February 20, from 11am, and later that night from 12:20am on ABC TV.
We’ve spent a couple of weeks in the 1980s, and now, for the third instalment of Retro Month we’re turning back the clock even further and heading to the big-haired era’s predecessor where bell-bottoms ruled supreme and disco was on the rise.
That’s right retro ragers, we’re taking you on a journey through the 1970s with full episodes of everyone’s favourite black and white Australian music TV shows – Hit Scene and GTK. We’ve scoured the vault for some of the most requested episodes we could find, to bring you live performances, interviews, and segments featuring Geordie, Ike and Tina Turner, Gillian Armstrong, David Cassidy, and more. Plus, we even stumbled across some extremely rare footage from beloved ABC program Flashez, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.
But don't panic, all you 1960s enthusiasts, we'll also be playing a selection of clips to keep your inner flower child alive including music videos from The Byrds, to Elvis and everything in between.
Tune in to week three of Retro Month Saturday, February 20, from 11am to re-live some of the hits of 1971, then switch back to rage later that night from 12:20am to catch full episodes of Hit Scene, GTK and more. On ABC TV.
COMPLETE F U C K I N G - S H I T! Not even ONE Countdown after the 60s and 70s, seriously?
Yes, I am most annoyed. I was looking back at all the Countdowns aired on Rage in past years, and some years had up to 15 episodes. That's almost 4 per week, on average. They could've had more Countdowns this year too, if they started Rage at a decent time - 11pm instead of 1pm. There are so many 1986 shows still to play, I'm sure they could've aired a few of those. In past years they have also played Countdowns after 5am in the morning. This year has been one VERY poor effort from the ABC Rage team.
I notice that Rage are pretty much ignoring those who have requested more Countdown on their Facebook page. Whereas they are more willing and happy to respond to those praising the airing of Rock Arena, GTK and Hitscene. I'm glad those who want to see these shows are getting what they desire though - lucky for you. :smiley:
Variety is the spice of Retro month.
Saturday night 20 February 2021 on ABC 1
KATE BUSH Hammer Horror (EMI)
HIT SCENE March 25, 1972 (Ep 127: Yvonne Barrett, Bee Gees, Jeff St John) (ABC)
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN Jolene (Universal)
THE SWEET Fever Of Love ()
HIT SCENE July 24, 1970 (Ep 59: Carousels, The Who, Shirley Bassey) (ABC)
THE MASTER'S APPRENTICES Interviewed on GTK, 1971 (ABC)
THE MASTER'S APPRENTICES Future Of Our Nation (EMI)
GTK February 6, 1974 (Ep 787: Geordie, Gillian Armstrong, Digby Richards) (ABC)
FLASHEZ Segment on Tattooing, 1977 (ABC)
BLACK SABBATH Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Vertigo)
LED ZEPPELIN Stairway To Heaven (Warner)
RAINBOW Long Live Rock & Roll (Polydor)
FLASHEZ Vox Pops- Alice Cooper Concert, 1977 (ABC)
ALICE COOPER I'm Eighteen (EMI)
ROY ORBISON Interview at Pentridge Prison, 1975 ()
ROY ORBISON Crying (Virgin)
JOY DIVISION - LIVE Transmission (Fest/Mush)
HIT SCENE March 13, 1971 (Ep 82: Deep Purple, The Carpenters, Johnny Chester) (ABC)
THE CARPENTERS Superstar (Independent)
THE CARPENTERS Rainy Days And Mondays (Polydor)
THE CARPENTERS Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (Polydor)
FLASHEZ Interview with David Cassidy, 1976 (ABC)
GTK February 25, 1974 (Ep 793: David Cassidy, Geordie) (ABC)
RICHARD CLAPTON Suit Yourself (Infinity)
ALISON MacCALLUM & FRESHWATER I Ain't Got The Time (Live at the Doncaster Sound Theatre, 1971) (RCA)
PINK FLOYD Time (Polydor)
JOAN ARMATRADING Bottom To The Top (A & M Records)
THE TOURISTS Deadly Kiss (RCA)
SYLVESTER Mighty Real (Festival)
STARLAND VOCAL BAND Afternoon Delight (RCA Victor)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Mr. Blue Sky (EMI)
GTK Ike & Tina Turner, 1975 (Rage)
HIT SCENE April 11, 1970 (Ep 41) (ABC)
AXIOM My Baby's Gone (Warner)
BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS Interview - GTK, 1970 (Festival)
BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS - LIVE ON GTK Most People I Know (Festival)
THE BEE GEES Spicks & Specks (Polydor)
THE ATLANTICS Bombora...The Next Generation (Independent)
THE BEACH BOYS Cabin Essence (Capital Records)
ELVIS PRESLEY Suspicious Minds (Sony)
ROY ORBISON Oh, Pretty Woman (London)
LESLEY GORE You Don't Own Me (Philips)
THE KINKS You Really Got Me (Fest/Mush)
THE MONKEES Last Train To Clarksville (RCA)
THE SUPREMES Stop In The Name Of Love (EMI)
THE BEACH BOYS I Get Around (EMI)
THE ROLLING STONES Jumping Jack Flash (Sony)
THE EASYBEATS Friday On My Mind (EMI)
THE ANIMALS House Of The Rising Sun (Polydor)
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL I Put A Spell On You (Festival)
THE BYRDS Turn Turn Turn (Sony)
JIMI HENDRIX Are You Experienced? (Polydor)
BLACK DIAMONDS, THE - Live on Be Our Guest, 1966 I Want, Need, Love You (ABC)
ETTA JAMES Baby, What You Want Me To Do (CBS)
LEE HAZLEWOOD & NANCY SINATRA Some Velvet Morning (Reprise Records)
SERGE GAINSBOURG & BRIGITTE BARDOT Bonnie And Clyde ()
SLIM DUSTY Pub With No Beer (EMI)
Variety is not the spice of life when we are into week 3 and only 4 Countdown's!rage are opening with Kate Bush - Hammer Horror and it's the video, at least play the 1978 Countdown performance so one Countdown piece can be shown!
And variety? The so called RARE Flashez material ... The Alice Cooper Vox-Pops at concert is a repeat, rage have already played that insert and they have already played the Roy Orbison at Pentridge interview as they have Joy Division with Transmission.
If they are going to do 70s at least play more Flashez inserts that haven't been played.
The fact is that most people are requesting Countdown and rage are ignoring most people. If Countdown was played outside of rage as it should be on ABC then it would be fine but instead we have to wait all f u c k i n g year and 4 Countdown's in a matter of 3 weeks and one extra weekend lost because rage shifted their rage goes retro from January to February. Not to mention the WASTE of weekend two with an hour to spare from 4 - 5 am and they repeat the 1989 Top 10 when that could have been 2 Countdown Revolutions, if they really wanted to stick to the 1989 theme. So much for needing an extra month to 'dig into the vaults'.
Well, I sure hope Rage redeem themselves and play plenty of Countdowns next week, because 4 Countdowns is NOT enough in Retro Month. Sadly, my money is on them playing late 80s and 90s rubbish like The Factory, Recovery or Countdown Revolution. They usually do in the last week of Retro Month. I just hope it isn't the last week, and that Rage see sense and add an extra week in March to make up for the lost weekend in January ... and play COUNTDOWN!!!
Hello from Poland,
can you help me, please from 2 GEORDIE performances from GTK?
Will be very nice from you
I'd be okay with late 80's stuff like Countdown Revolution or the Factory but not Recovery blah. Would love more Hitscene and Flashez inserts but that's probably not likely. If we can make it through week 4 with no Recovery or anything Nick Cave related I'll be giving Retro 2021 a gold star
Retro Month 2021: Week Four
Tune in to the final instalment of Retro Month 2021this Saturday February 27 from 11am, and later that night from 12:20am on ABC TV.
It’s the final week of Retro Month, but before we leave the time machine, we’re bringing you one heck of a show that’s jam packed with a little bit of love for every retro viewer out there.
Suzanne Dowling will be back on your screens this Saturday night to take you back to the 1984 music scene with full episodes of Rock Arena featuring Hoodoo Gurus, The Dugites and more. And yes, Countdown fanatics, we’ve heard your cries and dug even deeper into the vault to drag out some extra dusty tapes just for you. So, do yourself a favour and tune in because we’ll be bringing you rare Countdown episodes from 1982 and 1986 featuring Tim Finn, Dragon, and Elton John.
But we haven't forgotten about you 1990s kids. This Saturday morning, we’ll be turning the clock back 30 years to bring you a collection of 1991 alt/indie music videos from the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, and Nirvana. Then, if you stay up late enough on Saturday night, you might even see some nostalgic 1990s throwbacks that’ll have you longing for the glory days of flannel shirts and combat boots.
So, tune in to the final instalment of Retro Month 2021 this Saturday February 27 from 11am, and later that night from 12:20am on ABC TV.
Hearing the phrase “rare countdowns from 1982 and 1986” is refreshing. I’m hoping that they really did stick to their word and dug deep into the archives.
In hindsight, I don’t believe many episodes from 1986 were aired as of yet... so this could be good :)
No, not many 1986 episodes have been played.
The episode rage are playing of the 1986 Countdown is from my request list and has been on my list which I email to rage for years.
rage have played this weekend, 5 of my Countdown requests this month and 2 Rock Arena's once they play The Dugites episode.
I'm looking forward to the 2 Countdowns, of course, but I'm also looking forward to seeing The Dugites on Rock Arena. They were a much underrated band, I think. I don't know why Rage have described that the two shows they're playing are "rare". How are they any more rare than any of the other un-aired shows from their archives?
It seems Retro Month has ended and will not continue for another week in March ...
A guest programmer appears to have been scheduled, although they have not mentioned who it is yet.
I'm just happy that they are playing Rock Arena at all considering how few Rage have played in recent years. Throw in Hitscene GTK & Flashez & no Recovery and it's been an awesome month
Yeah, fans of Flashez, GTK, Rock Arena and Hitscene have been ignored over the years, so I'm glad they've played them for those who want to see them.
Saturday night 27 February 2021 on ABC 1
SPLIT ENZ Late Last Night (Festival)
COUNTDOWN November 28, 1982 (355: Tim Finn) (ABC)
SPLIT ENZ I Hope I Never (Mushroom)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Oxygene IV (Polydor)
ROCK ARENA July 10, 1984 (Ep 23: New Order, The Dugites) (ABC)
GARY NUMAN We Are Glass (Warner)
ELTON JOHN I'm Still Standing (Polydor)
COUNTDOWN August 10, 1986 (521: I'm Talking, Dragon, Elton John) (ABC)
BOYS DON'T CRY I Wanna Be A Cowboy (Legacy Records)
MIDNIGHT OIL Beds Are Burning (Sony)
ROCK ARENA September 18, 1984 (Ep 33: Hoodoo Gurus, Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (ABC)
HOODOO GURUS What's My Scene (BMG)
SCIENTISTS, THE - LIVE ON COUNTDOWN Last Night (Universal (MCA))
BOYS NEXT DOOR Shivers (Mushroom)
KRAFTWERK The Robots (EMI)
ROXY MUSIC In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Polydor)
NIRVANA Smells Like Teen Spirit (Universal (MCA))
SONIC YOUTH Teenage Riot (Universal (MCA))
PJ HARVEY Dress (Shock)
THE PIXIES Alec Eiffel (Mushroom)
THE CLOUDS Hieronymus (Polydor)
SMASHING PUMPKINS Rhinoceros (Virgin)
MY BLOODY VALENTINE Only Shallow (Creation / Shock)
MASSIVE ATTACK Unfinished Sympathy (Virgin)
PRIMAL SCREAM Higher Than The Sun (Shock)
BEASTS OF BOURBON Chase The Dragon (Polydor)
BABY ANIMALS Ain't Gonna Get ()
DIED PRETTY DC (Festival)
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES Kiss Them For Me (Polydor)
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Give It Away (Warner)
RATCAT Don't Go Now (Warner)
Before you start coming up with so called theories maybe you should come to me directly for my reason for requesting ROCK ARENA.
FIRSTLY: I don't know if you have seen my request list or not? ... There were 11 Countdown's on there, a Meldrum Tapes with Molly Meldrum with Bananarama and Pseudo Echo which is linked to Countdown plus some insert tape interview segments for Countdown interviews with madonna from 1984 for COUNTDOWN. I could have gone further and gone up to 20 COuntdown episode requests but realistically, rage wouldn't play 11 for me so why would I do 20? Even though I wish I could get 20 episodes more ....
SO ... the smart thing to do to stay in the Early to mid 80s is to request some Rock Arena's as well * Get it?
I have never had a problem with Rock Arena (up to a point and I also recorded from Rock Arena in the 80s as well as Countdown, The Noise, SOUNDS, Between The Teeth.
* NOW *
The reason why I requested some Rock Arena's is because I know they like to venture out of Countdown every few years ... SO ... In requesting ROCK ARENA ... the years of ROCK ARENA are generally in the same era of 80s Countdown. 1982 - 1987...
IN THIS: This means that least Rock Arena was still part of THE GOLDEN era and I get to add to my collection, some things like the Japan/David Sylvian special and The Dugites special. Those artists and bands were all featured in my favourite Countdown era but were NOT on The Factory, so they are still at least in twine with the Countdown era I love of 1979 to 1986.May I add, Countdown and Rock Arena worked with each other and advertised each other and Rock Arena had some of the Countdown people working on the Rock Arena. Countdown even featured Andrew Peters on a Countdown episode as they did Suzanne Dowling on a few episodes as well as the Countdown Awards ceremonies.
The Factory wasn't an exclusive MUSIC PROGRAM. One had to sit through endless hours of Tanya Lacey being a fool and having segments on pieces that had nothing to do with music and it went for a ghastly 3 hours.
May I add, I prefer Rock Arena up to 1986 the latest and the same applies for COUNTDOWN. After 1986, the 80s went to h e l l in general.
I'm looking forward to the 1982 Countdown with Tim Finn. For me, the early 1980s Countdown was far better than the later 80s. Perhaps more was put into the music, rather than into the film clip which has certainly gotten out of hand today. So the 1986 episode with I'm Talking, Dragon and Elton John will still be good, don't get me wrong, but I just don't enjoy them quite as much. It's good to fill the gaps with unseen shows.
The 1984 Rock Arena with Dugites should be good. However, they aren't playing Juno & Me, which is from 1984. I have a feeling that Rage don't have it in their archives.
The singles in between Countdown and Rock Arena are ones which have aired plenty of times before, with the exception of Split Enz - Last Last Night. At least, I've never seen it.
Think I have Juno And Me somewhere on a countdown episode. Is it the music video or a performance Rage hasn’t played?
rage have played episodes of Countdown from 1984, with both the video and studio performance of Juno And Me
rage did play a mini special on The Dugites on a VAULT in 2018 on a Monday night with some of their RARE videos and rage also played No Money recorded in the Countdown studio on one of their 1983 VAULT specials.
They never included Juno and Me, so maybe they don't have access to the video :-(
Lucky we at least have a copy from the 1984 Countdown episode as I LOVE that video :-)
So, that's it for 2021 - six Countdowns in total. Not exactly the best year for Retro Month. I did enjoy watching all the early 80s Countdowns. I prefer them to later 80s. There were not many 'new' or rare videos in between Countdowns this year either. Hopefully we have some good VAULTs coming up this year. Oh well, two good things to look forward to next year. Firstly, we only have 10 more months to wait until January 2022. Secondly, January 2022 has another 5 weeks of Saturdays.
There were MEGA RARE videos on the 1982 Countdown last night with a different video for Kim Carnes 'Voyeur' which is not the video I know as the other got banned so that was something different as was Perfect Strangers and Big Red.
And on the 1984 Rock Arena with my beloved track and video from Peter Baumann is RAAAARE
A disappointing retro month, yeah. It felt weird being in February too. Usually I'm still very much in holiday mode during retro month. We'll have a big group over for an Australia Day BBQ and I'll have Countdowns on repeat on the TV, which always provides lots of conversation fodder.
Fingers crossed for a big 2022 redemption.
Didn't know who Peter Baumann was until they mentioned that he was a member of Tangerine Dream.