WOW, how utterly COOL!
rage was SOOOO fabulous in the beginning. Started just a few months before Countdown ended...
Rage should show its very first broadcast for the actual anniversary date - or show the first Top 50 chart for its first weekend.
I'd do something special if I were them anyway.
I also see Rage went for only 5 hours 5 mins back in '87. I wonder what happened between 5.00am and 7:00 or 7:30am?
Wow, thanks for that Guru! . Uninterrupted adult party music?
Patrick, this was the top 50 the week that Rage started, although I don't know if it was actually aired/when they started airing the top 50 (given the 5.5 hour length program, I'm guessing it didn't air the very first week):
TW LW Song Titles ARTISTS
1 2 Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room) PAUL LEKAKIS
2 3 The Final Countdown EUROPE
3 1 I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) GEORGE MICHAEL & ARETHA FRANKLIN
4 4 C'est La Vie ROBBIE NEVIL
5 20 Everything I Own BOY GEORGE
6 7 Witch Queen CHANTOOZIES
7 11 We Connect STACEY Q
8 16 Male Stripper (12") MAN 2 MAN MEET MAN PARISH
9 5 Don't Give Up PETER GABRIEL & KATE BUSH
10 15 She's the One COCKROACHES
11 12 You Keep Me Hangin' On KIM WILDE
12 14 Real Wild Child (Wild One) IGGY POP
13 17 Livin' on a Prayer BON JOVI
14 6 Walk Like an Egyptian BANGLES
15 10 I Wanna Wake Up With You BORIS GARDINER
16 9 We Gotta Get Out of This Place ANGELS
17 25 What's My Scene HOODOO GURUS
18 8 Bizarre Love Triangle NEW ORDER
19 13 Pressure Down JOHN FARNHAM
20 19 Shake You Down GREGORY ABBOTT
21 34 Midnight Blue LOU GRAMM
22 29 The Right Thing SIMPLY RED
23 18 Word Up CAMEO
24 28 It's in the Way That You Use it ERIC CLAPTON
25 26 What You Get is What You See TINA TURNER
26 24 A Touch of Paradise JOHN FARNHAM
27 21 Is This Love ALISON MOYET
28 22 Don't Need a Gun BILLY IDOL
29 23 Keep Your Hands to Yourself GEORGIA SATELLITES
30 27 Something in My House DEAD OR ALIVE
31 37 Somewhere Out There LINDA RONSTADT & JAMES INGRAM
32 40 Hold On MODELS
33 43 Ever Fallen in Love FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS
34 NEW With or Without You U2
35 38 You Give Love a Bad Name BON JOVI
36 41 All I Ask of You CLIFF RICHARD & SARAH BRIGHTMAN
37 31 Don't Dream it's Over CROWDED HOUSE
38 32 To Be a Lover BILLY IDOL
39 30 Miracle of Love EURYTHMICS
40 NEW (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party) BEASTIE BOYS
41 35 Funkytown PSEUDO ECHO
42 33 French Kissin' in the USA DEBBIE HARRY
43 39 Coming Around Again CARLY SIMON
44 NEW Sign O' the Times PRINCE
45 36 Good Times JIMMY BARNES & INXS
46 46 World Where You Live CROWDED HOUSE
47 42 Hold Me COLIN JAMES HAY
48 50 Jacobs Ladder HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
49 NEW Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend) MEL & KIM
50 NEW Let's Go WANG CHUNG
Interestingly enough, Molly Meldrum is on the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal on the other network the same night as rage's debut. If only someone could invent the TV time machine.
Is this Top 50 Countdown Chart from AMR or ARIA?
Good idea Patrick, rage should show the very first episode again to celebrate 25 years. However, would they have kept it? after all, it's just videos back to back? a great idea that we all know the staff at rage would not think of!
Apparently, rage told me a few years ago that the first shows are not really kept as they were just live video clips played :-(
After watching the brilliant programing on rage last night from Architecture In Helsinki, rage surprised me.
rage decided to just play a wide variety mix of videos from Berlin, Japan, Bay City Rollers, Kansas and Chicago... THIS reminded me of the good old days of watching rage on the weekends in the 80s when you NEVER knew what would come up.
I HOPE more spontaneous programming will be played this year on rage like they did last night after the programers. At one point I was wondering if rage goes retro was back for a moment!!!
Especially seeing Berlin's 'Sex (I'm a ....) played for no apparent reason this morning really reminded me of rage in 1987 which is when I first saw 'Sex (I'm A ....) video played ever on Australian TV! It was like a mini Wild Card special for rage this morning!!!
It wasn't entirely spontaneous programming, Jason. You'll notice that each of the band names in this 'mini wild card' playlist contains a city or country name in it, just like Architecture in Helsinki. Took me a few minutes to spot, as there was no mention of it it in the blurb on the main Rage website page.
O M G Nathan, I am so dumb NOT to have realized.
You are a fricking G E N I U S! Why wouldn't rage mention a special, very interesting... Hmmm