I just emailed rage again and added more to the intro about January being scrapped for February.
I am not on Facebook but others have shared with me that 'rage goes retro' will not be on in January, 2022 :-( A great pity that 2021 had 5 Saturday's in January and 2022 have 5 Saturday's in January but both 2021 was played in February and the same is occurring again :-(. Any chance that rage can play an extra night on the 1st weekend of March to compensate for the lost 5th Saturday in January.
So many viewers in Australia say 'rage goes retro' is their most favourite time of the year on rage, I am sure an added Saturday in March would make up beautifully for the lost 5th Saturday.
I do thank goodness that 'rage goes retro' is not scrapped at least and played again in February, I was so looking forward to the 5 Saturday's after such a truly awful two years of Covid interruptions :-(
I have submitted a list of Countdown episodes, focusing more on exciting Studio Performances, Molly exclusive Interviews and some more
VAULT like Videos's featured in each Episodes with of course Hits as well as part of my Suggestions/Requests.
I have also listed some suggestions for a few Rock Arena Episodes, ABC Archival Footage and a pinch of Countdown Revolution.
If you can play as little or as much of my suggestions, especially the COUNTDOWN Episode suggestions, I would be very pleased *
Thank you for your continued effort to play particularly COUNTDOWN each year and other RETRO Treats like ROCK ARENA :-)
COUNTDOWN - 21/06/1981 Show no - 290
Hosted by Jon English
Wendy & The Rockets - Reputation
Nolans - Gotta Pull Myself Together
Chett Reynolds - I Believe In Mary
Jon English & Band - Straight From The Heart
Video Clips from: Shock, Talking Heads, Chas & Dave, Rick Springfield and more
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 from: The Venetians - Sound on Sound (RARE) / Plus Video and Interview with Molly in the UK with Thomas Dolby
... PLUS ... Real Life, Echo & The Bunnymen, Tears For Fears, Prince, Spandau Ballet
COUNTDOWN: Date:05/06/1983 Show no - 373 Summary: Hosted by Wendy Stapleton
Wendy And The Rockets – Play The Game
The Radiators – No Tragedy
Video Clips from: The Belle Stars with Interview, Kajagoogoo, Sparks, Bananarama, Style Council and more
COUNTDOWN: Date 19/08/1984 - Show no. 430
Hosted by David Reyne
Vertical Hold - USA (Countdown Studio Performance)
Inxs - Burn For You (Countdown Awards Performance)
Plus: The Takeaways, Berlin, Pointer SIsters, Olly & Gerrie, Guy Delandro and more ...
COUNTDOWN: Date: 21/07/1985 - Show no: 471
Summary: THIS SHOW IS HOSTED BY HOODOO GURUS.
Scritti Politti - The Word Girl
Do Re Mi - Man Overboard
Video Clips from: Yello, Eurythmics, Tina Turner (With Interview) and more ...
COUNTDOWN: Date: 07/07/1985 - Show no. 469
Hosted by Angry Anderson wearing his Mad Max costume.
FAB - Happy People
Video clips from: Animotion (With Interview), Domino Theory, Prince, Elton John/Millie Jackson 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 ...
Kids In The Kitchen - Not The Way
Pseudo Echo - Don't Go
John Swan & Band - Say You'll Do Something
Video Clips from: The Cure, Red Box, Kate Bush, Mark Edwards, Simple Minds and more ...
COUNTDOWN: Date:9/1/1986 - Show:3 (Summer Series)
Video Clips by: Nena, ‘Til Tuesday, Koo De Tah, Platinum Blonde, Matt Bianco, Models, Arcadia, Mark Edwards and more
COUNTDOWN: 16/02/1986 - Show 496
Hosted by Martin Plaza of Mental As Anything
Live Studio Performances:
Divinyls - Sleeping Beauty
GangGajang - Sounds of Then
Video clips: Talking Heads, Big Audio Dynamite, The Cure and more ...
COUNTDOWN: 15/06/1986 - Show 513
Hosted by Brian Canham from Pseudo Echo. Molly presenting HUMDRUM from LONDON (included Bob Geldof, Samantha Fox and Lana Pellay from the UK)
LIVE STUDIO PERFORMANCES:
Pseudo Echo - Living In A Dream
Flotsam Jetsam - Distraction
A-ha - Hunting High And Low
Countdown Dancers - Dancing to DEVO - Here To Go
Video clips: Kids in the Kitchen, Samantha Fox, Big Country, Rolling Stones and more ...
THE MELDRUM TAPES: PSEUDO ECHO/BANANARAMA EPISODE (Duration: 59.23)
Summary: MOLLY MELDRUM TALKS TO BRIAN CANHAM FROM PSEUDO ECHO AND TO BANANARAMA, AND PRESENTS A SELECTION OF THEIR MAJOR HITS
More details: Personalities: IAN MELDRUM, MOLLY MELDRUM, COUNTDOWN INTERVIEWER;PSEUDO ECHO, ROCK GROUP;BANANARAMA, ROCK GROUP
Shotlist: MOLLY INTRO MUSIC CLIP PSEUDO ECHO 'STRANGER IN ME' / IV BRIAN CANHAM (LEAD SINGER) RE EARLY DAYS,FINDING WORK, MUSICAL INFLUENCES, DEMO TAPE LEADING TO COUNTDOWN PERFORMANCE, RECORD COMPANIES INTEREST, THE WRITING OF THE FIRST SINGLE 'LISTENING / MUSIC CLIP OF 'LISTENING' / RE COPING WITH INSTANT SUCCESS, FEELINGS ABOUT THE TEENY BOPPER LABEL, CHOOSING SONGS FOR THEIR FIRST ALBUM / MUSIC CLIP OF 'A BEAT FOR YOU' RE AUDIENCE CONFUSION DUE TO DIVERSE SOUNDING SONGS ON ALBUM, HIS SERIOUS, DETERMINED SIDE, COPING WITH THE PRESSURE OF PUBLICITY, IMPROVING LIVE PERFORMANCES, LINE UP CHANGES, PREPARING 'LOVE AND ADVENTURE', CHOOSING THE SINGLE 'DON'T GO' / MUSIC CLIP 'DON'T GO' / MCU IV CONT RE HOPING FOR A HIT, EFFECTS OF THE BANDS IMAGE, DEVELOPING THE SECOND SINGLE 'LOVE AND ADVENTURE' / MUSIC CLIP OF 'LOVE AND ADVENTURE' / RE INTEREST IN MUSIC CLIP MAKING, SONG WRITING, WRITING 'LIVING IN A DREAM', BREAKING INTO AMERICA / MUSIC CLIP OF 'LIVING IN A DREAM' / RE THE FUTURE, NEW SINGLES FOR AMERICAN RELEASE;01.48.28 MUSIC CLIP OF 'TRY'
IV BANANARAMA (SARAH, KAREN, SIOBHAN) MCU ACCORDING TO WHO ANSWERS THE QUESTIONS RE PREPARING THEIR NEW ALBUM 'TRUE CONFESSIONS', CHOOSING THE SONGS, AMERICAN SUCCESS, GROWING AND LEARNING IN THE PUBLIC EYE, RECORDING 'VENUS', COVER VERSIONS / MUSIC CLIP OF 'VENUS' / CONT RE WHO WROTE THE SONG 'VENUS', PREVIOUS RECORDINGS BY SHOCKING BLUE AND TOM JONES / MUSIC CLIP OF 'REALLY SAYING SOMETHING' / SPLIT SCREEN IV CONT RE RESURGENCE OF 50S, 60S AND 70S MUSIC, DIANA ROSS' SUCCESS WITH RECORDING BARRY GIBBS' SONG 'CHAIN REACTION', BRITISH LOVE OF TAMLA MOTOWN AND 60S SOUND, RECORDING AND RELEASING BALLADS, SALES OF ALBUM DUE TO UPTEMPO SONGS, CATEGORISED AS A POP BAND, RECORDING 'CRUEL SUMMER' AND ITS POPULARITY / MUSIC CLIP OF 'CRUEL SUMMER' SUPERIMPOSED IN A BOX WITH SIOBHAN TALKING RE ITS SUCCESS / CONT FULL SCREEN MUSIC CLIP / IV CONT RE MEDIA BACKLASH, CREDIBILITY, THE PERCEPTION OF 3 GIRL MEMBER GROUPS / MUSIC CLIP OF 'ROBERT DE NIRO'S WAITING' / IV CONT RE THE NEXT SINGLE RELEASE / MUSIC CLIP 'MORE THAN PHYSICAL';02.12.56 IV CONT RE THANK YOUS
ROCK ARENA * FUNKDOWN SPECIAL (Black Funk Dance Music Special) - HOSTED BY ANDREW PETERS (Date Unknown)
ROCK ARENA: Hosted By Suzanne Dowling - February 5th, 1985
Music Videos from: Berlin, A Flock Of Seagulls, Stray Cats and Chain Reaction
ROCK ARENA: Hosted By Suzanne Dowling - March 28th, 1988
CONCERT FEATURE: SHRIEKBACK 'LIVE IN LONDON'
Plus Music Videos from: Peking Man and Jackie Wilson
COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION: Recording date: 01-Jan-1989/Duration (29:00)
Summary: COMPILATION OF BANDS PLAYING LIVE AT THE METRO NIGHTCLUB AND MUSIC VIDEO CLIPS COMPILED FOR USE IN COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION
Boy George - After The Love
Ezee Posse - Everything Begins With An E
Kate Ceberano - Brave
Go 101 - Jealous Heart
Video Clips from: Indecent Obsession, Simple Minds, Happy Mondays and more ...
3. ID: 145062 - COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION;SHOW 80 - PROGRAM (1990)
Summary: PROGRAM HOSTED BY ROB AND CHOOK WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DURAN DURAN Hosting in the Studio.
BIG PIG PLAYED "JUSTIFIER" LIVE IN STUDIO AND THERE WERE VARIOUS MUSIC CLIPS from Duran Duran, Deee-Lite ...
Personalities: DURAN DURAN,ROCK GROUP;CHOOK,COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION PRESENTER;ROBERT JAMES,COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION PRESENTER
COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION/ Duration: 28.54
Summary: THIS EPISODE FEATURES KATE CEBERANO & THE MINISTRY OF FUN, AND MARTHA'S VINEYARD LIVE IN THE STUDIO, ALSO BOY GEORGE IV, COMEDY SEGMENTS BY TANIA LACY, INTERVIEW WITH USA ROCK BAND POISON AND VANESSA'S FASHION SEGMENT
Kate Ceberano - Love Dimension
Boy George - Don't Take My Mind On A Trip (Including Clip/Intercut Interview with Boy George in London)
Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
Dead or Alive - Come Home With Me Baby (Including Dancers)
Humanoid - Stakker Humanoid Including Dancers)
COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION: Recording date: 06-Dec-1989/ Duration: 29.30
Summary: OUTS OF IVS BY COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION INTERVIEWERS INCL POISON, KYLIE MINOGUE, LARRY MALUMBA,
COSMIC PSYCHOS, TONE LOC, SIOBHAN, SHAKESPEARS SISTER, TAILGATERS
Personalities: POISON, ROCK GROUP;KYLIE MINOGUE, SINGER/ACTOR;LARRY MALUMBA, SINGER;JAMES YOUNG, JAMES THE HOUND DOG,
COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION REPORTER;COSMIC PSYCOS, ROCK GROUP;TONE LOC,
SINGER; SIOBHAN FAHEY SINGER; SHAKESPEARS SISTER, ROCK DUET;TAILGATERS, ROCK GROUP
Includes: Interview with Shakespears Sister and video for 'You're History' plus Poison, Kylie Minogue and more ...
ABC ARCHIVAL INTERVIEW SPEIALS:
MADONNA FULL INTERVIEW WITH MOLLY (1984) - ID: 254869 - COUNTDOWN IV COMPILE, STORAGE TAPE ST0694 - SEGMENT
ABC ARCHIVAL SEGMENT INTERVIEW : Recording date: 14-Jul-1989/ Duration: 23.11
Location: LONDON,UK (MALCOLM MCLAREN INTERVIEW/1989)
Summary: Personalities: SEAN LANGAN, COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION LONDON REPORTER;MALCOLM MC LAREN, ENTREPRENEUR
Shotlist: 00.00 VS CAMERA SET, IV MALCOLM MC LAREN RE HIS EARLY DAYS IN FASHION ON KINGS ROAD, BEING TRAINED AS A VISUAL ARTIST, MUSICIANS BEING COARSE PEOPLE PARTICULARLY THE ROLLING STONES, THE RETURN OF BOHEMIANISM, BEING A FASHION VICTIM, STORY RELATING TO HIS SPONSORING RUBBER CLOTHING AND UNDERWEAR WORN AS STREET WEAR, DEVELOPING PUNK ROCK AND THE SEX PISTOLS, BRITISH POLITICS BEING HOMOPHOBIC, THE NEW WAVE MOVEMENT POST PUNK, CREATION OF YUPPIES AND THEIR ATTITUDES, POP CULTURE BECOMING BLAND, SUCCESS OF KYLIE MINOGUE AND STOCK, AITKEN AND WATERMAN PRODUCED RECORDS, HIS RECORDS 'WALTZ DARLING', 'DEEP IN VOGUE' AND VOGUING, ROCK AND ROLL NO LONGER A RADICAL GENRE, NOSTALGIA, THE REUNIFICATION OF GERMANY, EUROPEANS WANTING TO SOUND BLACK, JOHNNY ROTTEN SOUNDING ENGLISH, ROCK AND ROLL NEEDING TO BE POWERFUL WITH ATTITUDE, NOT BORING
ABC ARCHIVAL SEGMENT INTERVIEW: Recording date: 21-Nov-1989/ Duration: 21.00
Personalities: NICKY LOVE, COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION REPORTER ;KYLIE MINOGUE, INTERVIEW SPECIAL
Shotlist: KYLIE MINOGUE RE WHAT SHE DOES IN HER SPARE TIME, HER FAVOURITE FILM 'MY LIFE AS A DOG', AND TELEVISION SHOW INCL 'GET SMART',
HER HOBBIES INCL SHOPPING AND READING, PEOPLE SHE ADMIRES INCL MADONNA, GROWING UP IN MELBOURNE AND SCHOOL DAYS, FRIENDS,
TRAVELLING EFFECTING RELATIONSHIPS, FEELINGS RE PEOPLE USING HER AS A ROLE MODEL, FANS, BEING A TYPICAL GEMINI,
THE REAL KYLIE (COMPLEX), COOKING AND HER FAVOURITE FOODS, HER GOALS, THE FILM 'THE DELINQUENTS' AND HER CHARACTER LOLA,
PORTRAYING DIFFERENT EMOTIONS,PREPARING FOR THE PART (RESEARCHING BODGIES AND WIDGIES) AUSTRALIA IN THE 50'S, WORKING WITH CHARLIE SCHLATTER,
LOVE SCENES IN FILMS, THE CREW AND OTHER CAST MEMBERS, PRECONCEIVED IDEAS, CHOOSING 'THE DELINQUENTS', PROUD OF HER PERFORMANCE AND THE FILM,
HER FUTURE PLANS, HER ALBUM 'ENJOY YOURSELF', THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK, THE ALBUM'S SUCCESS, HER DANCING,
THE MUSIC CLIP FOR 'NEVER TOO LATE' INCL HER 4 MALE DANCERS;18.50 MCU MINOGUE PROMOS FOR COUNTDOWN REVOLUTION;
19.11 WS,OS,2S REACTIONS FROM NICKY LOVE, MS,MCU LOVE REACTIONS
I have also sent them an email. As I mentioned in the other thread, people need to get behind what Jason has started and send an email of complaint. The email address is in the other thread.
Hello Rage Team,
I write to you very disappointed in hearing that Rage will not be playing Countdown episodes this January. This is the second year in a row that this has happened and to be honest, I can't really see any good reason as to why you are doing this.
There are a dedicated group of people who are Countdown fans and collectors who hang out for January every year for new episodes of Countdown. A couple of years ago we were delighted to find out that there were 5 Saturdays in January 2021 and January 2022. Countdown episodes are played only on Saturday nights, so having 5 nights instead of 4 was something we were all looking forward to.
Last January, you knocked it on the head and blamed covid. This year you have done the same.
I think it's fairly self explanatory that there are only 28 days in February and we are not going to get 5 nights of Countdown in that month.
The ABC has attracted a lot of negative publicity in recent times for being out of step with its audience. I think you would be surprised as to how many people tune in just for Retro month.
Jason Grech from the Countdown Memories website has advised me that he has also sent an email of complaint, and as the owner of the Countdown website and its forum he has received a lot of feedback from people very unhappy about this decision for the second year in a row.
I realise covid has caused disruptions, however I cannot see how or why it has managed to turn Retro January into Retro February for 2 years running. I remaster a lot of music videos myself and I can't see how covid can be such a hold up in regards to playing Countdown episodes.
I would respectfully ask that given last year's disappointment (on top of this ones), that Rage make some sort of effort to recognise it's Retro viewers by airing the same amount of Countdown episodes in February that they would in a 5 Saturday January month. Or even 6, given we have been dudded for 2 years. There are still a number of Countdown episodes that have never been aired and many that have not been aired in the digital age.
I am hoping that this email is taken for what it is....an appreciation that we get to see old episodes, but that we are getting less and less each year. Rage also rarely ever plays any mainstream Australian rock from the 70's, 80's and 90's anymore
Chocolate Starfish (never played at all anymore)
Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons
John Paul Young
I could go on all day, and yes, some songs are played but some never see the light of day anymore. Chocolate Starfish - All Over Me, hasn't been played in my living memory for 20 years or longer, however I know you do have it as I have a copy from that time.
Anyway, there isn't much more I can add other than please.......we have been stung 2 years in a row so please do the fans a favor as Molly might say and pull out a special effort.
BTW, what do you think of my remastering effort on your Dragon video ?
Or my version of April Sun In Cuba ? I use your font on all my own videos, bang a Rage logo on this as it is way better than your copy which needs replacing.
Cheers, thanks for reading and please take the above into consideration.
While I appreciate your email to rage, try and not rock the boat too much as they could easily pull the plug on 'rage goes retro' all together.
I too am VERY upset that 'rage goes retro' is not on tonight and throughout January the second year in a row but I would really be devastated if they didn't go ahead in February. I ALWAYS appreciate rage's effort to play ANY of my Countdown and Rock Arena requests throughout 'rage goes retro' and it is very RARE to have such a show play any of our requests in this day in age, especially full episodes of such ICONIC Music programs such as Countdown and Rock Arena.
I think trying to get the point across of getting 'rage' to get an extra Saturday in March or even a few episodes of Countdown on a Vault Monday in February would be a better point to try an get across, not that I don't agree with what you emailed 'rage' with concerning January.