..and here it is! Times all over the place as usual. 12.50am start confirmed, take no notice of 2am countdown ending at 2.30am, it's 54 minutes long.
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)
KING GIZZARD and THE LIZARD WIZARD O.N.E. (Flightless)
KHRUANGBIN Dearest Alfred (Dead Oceans)
JULIA STONE ft. MATT BERNINGER We All Have (BMG)
CARLA GENEVE Dog Eared (Dot Dash)
DRUID FLUIDS La Reverie (Independent)
MIDDLE KIDS Questions (Independent)
LANA DEL REY Chemtrails Over The Country Club (censored version) (Universal)
SKEGSS Valhalla (censored version) (Caroline)
GORILLAZ ft. LEEE JOHN The Lost Chord (Parlophone)
TAME IMPALA Breathe Deeper (Island Records)
GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves (Universal)
FOO FIGHTERS Waiting On A War (Sony)
BIRDZ ft. FRED LEONE Bagi-la-m Bargan (Island Australia)
SOPHIE Ponyboy (Independent)
I wouldn't say overly spectacular, yes 4 new Countdowns, but the video clips which includes Saturday morning are ho hum. Nothing rare or new at all. Super lazy from the Rage staff. Geez, if they "have spent countless hours combing through old material" they certainly wasted their time, as they found nothing!
rage always play pretty common videos in January in between Countdown Episodes and in their morning slot. They venture out more on their Monday night VAULT special.
ABC Archival items in between Countdown's like Flashez clips or Interview outtakes from Countdown with Molly overseas would have been perfect for Retro season but why should I complain?!
rage are playing 4 Episodes out of my requested 11 from my list, so I thank them greatly!!!!!!!!!
It is however a pity that retro month doesn't continue from 5 to 6am, instead of a David Bowie hour that again could have been a chance to please the 70's fans with GTK or play Beatbox, Rock Arena ... But hey, 4 episodes in one night is SUPER PERFECT!!!
I'm just happy to have "new" Countdowns to watch again. It's been too long!!
Very happy that they managed to squeeze in 4 Countdowns to the time that the ABC had allotted to them. They are also 4 episodes that I am keen to see. Could have done without Nick The Stripper though as a space filler.
I didn't make any requests this year but just listed the remaining shows that have yet to air on Rage so I am glad there are no repeats amongst their selections and that they chose from the remaining shows.
Not fussed that they are playing David Bowie after 5am as they wouldn't have played any more retro shows in that timeslot anyhow so I had no expectations there.
I know some people collect individual clips and are more interested in clean clips and high quality but I prefer these full shows as I remember them. I am not too worried about individual clips anymore (almost all are on YouTube), I just love watching complete episodes of the shows as that gives a better vibe of the era.
Just hope that the other 3 weeks have something similar as they have tended to make the first night Countdown specific before drifting off somewhat after that. Will be interested to see what Rock Arena and GTK they use.
I laughed when I saw the Playlist. As out of the 11 Countdown episodes I requested for this year - the 4 played tonight are all on my list. Another 7 to go and I get all on my 11 Episodes list!