Countdown Memories


Jason: When did you start watching Countdown?

Wayne: 1975.

Jason: What are amongst some of your greatest Countdown memories, favourite Countdown episodes?

Wayne: April to August 1981. That’s when I first saw Duran Duran and the Human League. Favorite episodes are The Human League from 1982 and the Divine episode from 1984, these two are the most memorable.

Jason: Who were your favourite artists during the 70's and 80's that Countdown introduced you to?

Wayne: Duran Duran and The Human League.

Jason: What were or are your favourite segments of the show?

Wayne: Humdrum and the guest host and the top 10.

Jason: Did you ever attend Countdown, and if not did you ever want to at the time?

Wayne: No I never attended Countdown even though I grew up in Melbourne at the time. I nearly went to see a 1979 episode though but changed my mind at the last minute for some silly reason.

Jason: Were you shocked when the show ended?

Wayne: No I wasn’t shocked when the show ended because the government at the time strangled the show to death with an ever shrinking budget and the show got very boring and so the ratings dropped.

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

Wayne: Yes it could have kept going like ‘Top Of The Pops’ in the UK. All they had to do was cut the show to half an hour and get a new Molly in, and have Molly as an occasional guest. Then the budget could have coped.

Jason: What do you think it is about Countdown that makes it still stand up today?

Wayne: As I've heard Molly say it is the constant roll of the show from one act to another with no ads like you see on the commercial channels, plus the great format of the show with the top 10 and Humdrum and guest hosts, etc.

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?

Wayne: Yep its important to a point. Rage doesn't have to keep replaying the shows each year but it is extremely important that they be kept in good condition in the archives at the ABC for future viewing.

Jason: Do you think the ABC should repeat Countdown on a regular basis?

Wayne: Yes it would be good if Rage and the ABC could play them all again, but there is one little problem that troubles us all, that is money. It costs a lot of money and work to replay an old episode of Countdown. It would be good if the ABC had a bit of money-making sense about themselves and sold them off to a company or hired them out in their entirety to Foxtel but the ABC have no business-sensibility about them. Being government owned they wouldn't know how to make money.