|AN INTERVIEW WITH BILLY|
Jason: When did you start watching Countdown?
Billy: Probably in 74, most definitely in 75
Jason: What are amongst some of your greatest Countdown memories, favourite Countdown episodes?
Billy: Iggy Pop's appearance left Molly flabbergasted & the audience horrified! He definitely was no JPY or Daryl. Billy Idol at the 1983 "Countdown Awards" with his persistent rantings about having "Heavy Sex" must have had them with their finger on the couch button. The Police doing "Walking On The Moon", with Sting leaving no doubt that studio performanceswere mimed. Countdown showing Madonna with "Holiday" with one of mates commenting she was just trying to be a female Michael Jackson and wouldn't last. And The Clash video of "London Calling".
Jason: Who were your favourite artists during the 70's and 80's that Countdown introduced you to?
Billy: Blondie, B52Ős, The Motels, Pat Benatar, Iron Maiden, Adam & The Ants, Sweet, Alice Cooper, Inxs (Although the first time I saw them I thought they were crap), Boom Crash Opera, Abba, Hoodu Gurus, Divinyls, Joan Jett, The Cars, The Models, Suzi Quatro, The Clash, U2, Simple Minds, Devo
Jason: Did you ever attend Countdown, and if not did you ever want to at the time?
Billy: No I never did! For some strange reason, I must have thought about it but never got there.
Jason: Were you shocked when the show ended?
Billy: I must say that I was surprised that a show that was such a ground breaker and so influential on the music scene would be axed!
Jason: Do you think that given the chance Countdown could have kept going to this day? Billy: I think that it had the legs to keep going providing Molly was the main person with Gavin Wood. Or at least if they had knowledgeable people doing it, not celebrity type hosts.
Jason: Do you think it's important that Rage keep repeating Countdown so that a new generation may be introduced to the history of Australian and overseas music through Countdown and just in general?
Billy: Yes, keep playing them so that younger people get to see where certain music has originated from and how it may have influenced music that is made now.
Jason: Do you think the ABC should repeat Countdown on a regular basis?
Billy: Yeah, why not? Repeat it at 6.00 PM on Sunday nights, considering the appalling state of T.V it would have to be much better.