Since we got Daryl Somers last week after his picture was posted I am assuming we are getting The Reels this week judging by the picture they have uploaded.
Dave Mason hosted Countdown 4 times as far as I know and three of those have been shown in the last seven years
April 12 1981(2011)
August 30 1981(2009)
April 3 1983 - not shown yet
October 23 1983(2008)
I can only hope it means they air the 1983 episode.
The Reels also did a concert for 2JJJ in 1983 which has been shown twice on Rage Retro in 2008 and 2013. Triple J are celebrating their 40th birthday as well but I just hope they don't repeat that performance again just for that purpose.
I really hope it's not another repeat of that concert, too. Concert footage kills the mood of retro night IMO.
Someone at rage certainly likes The Reels though, that is obvious.
I too am crossing my fingers and praying to the Rage Gods it is NOT that bloody 2JJJ concert on the Reels again. Are you sure it's twice - had the sneaking suspition that it's been on three times?
Rage and the ABC have always had an unhealthy obsession with The Reels. It would not surprise to see a Countdown and that terrible JJJ concert. Although the 1983 show would be welcome.
The Reels in the studio performing "Shout & Deliver" is on an unrepeated 1980 Countdown which would also be welcome.
Wasn't it recently the 40th anniversary of Triple J or something?
Expect a night jam-packed with JJJ faves to commemorate (even though nobody asked for it)... like a repeat of that Reels concert, a Nick Cave Rock Arena special (probably also a repeat), followed by a repeat of that Nick Cave live concert that aired during retro month in 2011 or 2012, and then double Recovery
I surely hope not.
They're playing the top 10 videos from the first ever Hottest 100 on Saturday morning during the Vault segment, so it wouldn't be that far-fetched for them to continue the Triple J 'theme' on Saturday night
The Reels were an ok band - I remember some time ago their song (might have been JJJ) "Quasimodo's Dream" was voted the best ever Australian song.
Always liked "Shout & Deliver" and a few of the cover versions as well from unusual originals like Jim Reeves, Herb Alpert, 5th Dimension etc - but how Quasimodos Dream could have been voted Australias best song, well better left unsaid. If it was anything to do with JJJ I would not be too surprised.
A whole night devoted to the 40th anniversary - it could be possible, but arent they doing the Top 100 Countdown the following week on the Friday night?. It would make sense to follow that with wall-to-wall JJJ-related material on the Saturday night to finish "retro" season.
In either case could be a well-earned night off for me in which I do not go near Rage just like the other 11 months of the year.
It's a quirky & interesting song but wouldn't be my #1. Perhaps "Great Southern Land"
What 5th Dimension song did they cover?
If I had to choose my ultimate australian classic of all time, it would be either Inxs "Stay young" or Australian Crawl's "Reckless", Possibly Splitenz's "History never repeats".
Mine would be 'Great Southern Land' or INXS 'Don't Change'. For some reason 'Don't Change' sounds like an Australian patriotic song to me.
Looks like I might be giving Rage a miss this week as I'm really not a fan of The Reels. No offence to anyone that likes them but they aren't really the kind of eighties I love, maybe too alternative for me. I also found their cover of Bad Moon Rising to be one of the worst songs and videos of the eighties.
Any unrepeated Countdown is good though, so for you guy's sake I hope you get a useful episode.
With the tone of this thread, I suppose to me liking the reels would be akin to some sort of confession, but their music (1980 to 1987) was right in the path of my childhood.
Like Wham, Pseudo Echo, Laura Branigan, Donna Summer, Culture Club, Australian Crawl, Wa Wa Nee, Icehouse, Bucks FIzz (I do have all eight of their albums, ha um), and so forth, they were one of the groups that were to me a major influence.
So yeah, some may cringe, but I actually love "Love will find a way", "After the news", "according to my heart", "shout and deliver", "this guy's in love with you", and "bad moon rising", and just cannot go past their rather bizarre version of "love grows where my rosemary goes".
But having said that, and from the point of being a reels fan, frankly I've seen enough reels on rage from the last 5 years - please rage give them a rest.
Very happy that they are showing the April 3 1983 episode of Countdown as I had fears of a repeat of something that had already been shown. It has both my favourite Men At Work track (Overkill) and Eurythmics track (Love Is A Stranger).
Overall not a standout episode for 1983 but to see any unrepeated Countdowns is a fantastic bonus.
They will now have to dig deep in the vaults to find something else by the Reels for future Retros.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...
No more f u c k i n g Reels during Countdown month