Countdown Memories

Jason: Did you watch the very first Countdown in 1974?

Bobbie: No, I was too young. I became a regular viewer in 1976.

Jason: At the time when Countdown first aired did you think it would last 13 years?

Bobbie: When I started watching in 1976, I suppose I never thought it would end.

Jason: As a teenager in the 70's at the time, did you feel there was a certain magic and excitement that hadn't happened before on Australian television when Countdown was launched?

Bobbie: I don't know about before it was launched, but I know that it was a hit show for teenagers, when I started watching in 1976. It was exciting every week to tune in and see who would be hosting the show, and what live acts would appear on the show. Countdown was the topic of conversation every Monday at school.

Jason: Did you ever wish you could come down to Melbourne from Sydney to attend the show and if so, what band or artist in particular would you liked to have seen?

Bobbie: YES!!! I would have given anything to be able to go to the set of Countdown. I was a big Smokie fan, so they would have been my first choice, but I wouldn't have cared who was on the show as long as I was in the audience. I liked JPY, TMG and Skyhooks, so it would have been good to see any of them too.

Jason: What are your greatest Countdown memories and who were your favourite artists during the 70's and 80's that Countdown introduced you to?

Bobbie: The Countdown episode that sticks in my mind was the one when the Bay City Rollers came onto the set, it was just the audiences reaction to them, they were going crazy waiting for them to appear. During the 70's my favourites were Smokie, JPY, TMG, AC/DC, Skyhooks, Dragon, John Cougar, The Ferrets (one hit wonders), Supernaut and The Police. During the 80's it was Cold Chisel, Duran Duran, The Thompson Twins, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears, and many other artists and 1 hit wonders.

Jason: Were you shocked when the show ended?

Bobbie: No, by the time it was axed, I was married, so I wasn't a regular viewer.

Jason: Given the chance, do you think that Countdown could have kept going to this day?

Bobbie: Possibly, but it would have had a few revamps done to it. I doubt it would be the same concept as it was in the 70's or 80's.

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?

Bobbie: YES!!! Not just for the new generation, but for us oldies who actually lived through the original screening.