Countdown almost single-handedly broke AC-DC into the Australian music market. Most of the band’s new clips were explicitly made for Countdown; ‘Jailbreak’ was one of the first clips to incorporate movie-style sound effects, and their legendary ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ clip was shot especially for them in Melbourne, by the Countdown crew.
AC/DC’s live performance as Bon Scott dressed as a school girl and Angus Young as school boy, blasting out ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’. Its crazy but Bon was way ahead of his time.
Pseudo Echo had their Big break on Countdown with ‘You’re not listening’. This was our same goal. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be interviewed by Molly and also Gavin Wood. They have so much enthusiasm for music.
Countdown has launched and supported a vast range of Australian acts so far Australian Crawl, The Church, Eurogliders, Richard Clapton, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Paul Kelly, The Saints, Split Enz who also formed Crowded House, Moving Pictures, Uncanny X-Men, Mental as Anything, Men At Work, Little River Band or LRB, Flowers/Icehouse, Pseudo Echo, Andy Gibb, The Swingers, The Reels, Models, Kids In The Kitchen, The Radiators, Wa Wa Nee, Sharon O’Neill, I’m talking with Kate Ceberano, who I had the hots for her growing up, and had the TV week poster on my wall. All these acts owed an enormous debt to Countdown, and ended up interviewing Kate on Radio Port Douglas 107.1fm back in the day.
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