Counting Down The Best Of Aussie Music

Mark Holden, Australian Idol judge and music industry heavyweight will join Rob Weekes — creator of legendary Australian music show Countdown — Dylan Lewis (ABC’s Recovery) and Julia Zamiro, host of SBS’s Rockwiz, to find out just what makes music TV go bada bing bada boo! From memorable shows to memorable moments such as the Beatles, Molly Meldrum and Iggy Pop, John Farnham, Molly Meldrum and Prince Charles, Kylie and Jason, Molly Meldrum and…well, just about anyone! Part of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s, TV50 exhibition, the panel will relive all your favourite moments from shows like Bandstand, Sing Sing Sing, Countdown, Rage, MTV and Australian Idol. These shows have each exerted an enormous influence over the record buying public, often with the power to make, or break, aspiring popstars.

For the past 50 years, Australian television and music have shared a unique relationship with many of television’s early stars making the leap from radio. In more recent years, many small screen stars have moved from fictional suburbs such as Erinsborough (Neighbours), Summer Bay (Home & Away) and Westside (E Street), the list includes Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, the Blakeley Twins, Stefan Dennis, Jason Donovan, Craig McLachlan, Russell Crowe, Natalie Imbruglia, Stephanie McIntosh, Delta Goodrem, Holly Valance, Bec Catrwright, Natalie Bassingthwaigthe, Tammin Sursok, Bruce Samazan and Melissa Tkautz … and it goes on.

Thursday 28 September 28, 6.30pm
Counting Down Music TV

Federation Square
Flinders Street, Melbourne
Full $15 Concession $10
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Did you know that:

For Robert Palmer’s Countdown appearance for Bad Case of Loving You, director
Ted Emery choreographed seven Countdown dancers with guitars miming the song.
Palmer objected, refusing to appear if the dancers weren’t cut. Nobody was more surprised than Emery to find Robert Palmer’s next clip Addicted to Love seemed to have more than a passing resemblance to the ditched Countdown concept.

• It wasn’t that Molly was nervous about interviewing Prince Charles, more the fact that he wasn’t allowed to use the autocue for the interview!

• When Debbie Byrne performed He’s a Rebel she was in tears as the female crowd booed and abused her.

Luscious lurex, sexy satin, glamorous glitter, flicks, flares and Yardley’s Pot O’Gloss, Countdown was more than just a TV show. The first shows went to air in 1974 and went on to provide the soundtrack to the formative years of a generation until 1987. At six o’clock on Sunday evenings a hush would settle across this wide brown land as kids tuned in to Skyhooks, Blondie, Madonna, ABBA, Dragon and JPY, to name just a few of the hundreds of music artists that performed on Countdown. This wildly chaotic show was held together by a bumbling yet endearing Molly Meldrum, who entertained fans as much as the live music acts did.

Countdown: The Wonder Years 1974-87 will take Australian music fans through the glitter and tight pants of the seventies to the consumerism and cross-dressing of the eighties. Grab your platforms, your hair gel and get ready to rock.

COUNTDOWN: THE WONDER YEARS is published by ABC Books, rrp $35. Also available on ABC Audio – 2 x CDs – rrp $29.95. Available at ABC Shops, ABC Centres, selected bookstores, online at or phone order, in Australia, on 1300 360 111.

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