|AN INTERVIEW WITH SIMONE|
Jason: When did you start watching Countdown?
Simone: 1980 but full on from 1981...ie...THE year for great new artists!
Jason: What are amongst some of your greatest Countdown memories, favourite Countdown episodes?
Simone: I love the Kim Wilde stuff, I remember Madonna’s 1st interview and thinking she was GERMAN??????
Jason: Who were your favourite artists during the 70's and 80's that Countdown introduced you to?
Simone: Kim, Human League, Duran Duran, Madonna ,A-HA.
Jason: What were or are your favourite segments of the show?
Simone: Getting to see new clips and HUMDRUM.
Jason: Did you ever attend Countdown, and if not did you ever want to at the time?
Simone: Yes I tried for Kim's 86 Christmas show, but it was all out.
Jason: Were you shocked when the show ended?
Simone: To say the least!!!!!!
Jason: Do you think that given the chance, Countdown could have kept going to this day?
Simone: Well maybe...but today's music SUCKS, so it would have been hard to fill the show!
Jason: What do you think it is about Countdown that makes it still stand up today?
Simone: It was probably the world’s best ever pop program, a lot of effort for each guest.
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?
Simone: ABSOLUTELY!!!!! Repeat them from 1980 onwards I say!!!!!!!!!!
Jason: Do you think the ABC should repeat Countdown on a regular basis?
Simone: Yes one a week.
Jason: What other music programs do you think were fantastic during that time and why?
Simone: SOUNDS was good, but I was rarely home to watch it..sob!
Simone: These days everything is a clone of something else. Individuality is dead...no personality involved. Todays 'pop stars' might as well be computed generated.