Countdown Memories

November 2014

Countdown 40th Anniversary cd available NOW

July 2012 Mini montage from a 1994 ABC TV Special, celebrating 20 years of Countdown
July 2012 New additions to STYLE section
July 2012 Behind the scenes articles - Dolly magazine
July 2012 New STYLE section
June 2012 Meet theFLASHEZ Duo - Dolly Magazine, September, 1977
June 2012 Autumnal Park RADIO SPECIAL intro (Tony Lugton)
on Molly getting Pseudo Echo on Countdown & 'Listening' Countdown premiere performance
June 2012 Molly Interview - Dolly Magazine October 1983
June 2012 Countdown Vintage clipping from 'The Football Record' (1980)
June 2012

Molly and I (photo)

May 2012 Jason interviewed on ABC Radio's Statewide Regional Afternoons in Perth
May 2012 TV WEEK - Countdown Awards Preview, April 19, 1986
April 2012 Jenny Morris interview Check it out!
April 2012 Jason interviewed on ABC-RN Friday 27th, April (2012)
February 2012 Grace Knight (The Eurogliders) interview Check it out!
January 2012 New Fan's Photos ... Check it out!
December 2011 New Countdown Magazines... Check it out!
December 2011 Ally Fowler (The Chantoozies) interview Check it out!
January 2011 New Countdown cards in Countdown Media Check it out!
December 2010 Sam Sejavka & Chris Doheny video interviews Check it out!
November 2010 New Countdown Magazines... Check it out!
November 2010 New Sound and Vision page... Check it out!
December 2009 New Countdown Club Magazines... Check it out!
October 2009 New Fan's Photos ... Check it out!
January 2009 New additions to Countdown Magazines ... Check it out!
January 2009 TV Week "Humdrum" 1984/1985 ... Check it out!
January 2009 New Fan's Photos ... Check it out!
January 2009

has been added to the Annuals section


January 1, 2007

Check out Part One AND Part Two (which has just been added) of Jason's interview with Brian Canham from Pseudo Echo in the Exclusive Interviews section!

Counting down the best of Aussie music at ACMI
September 23, 2006

Press release from ACMI as follows:

Mark Holden, Australian Idol judge and music industry heavyweight will join Rob Weekes, creator of legendary Australian music show, Countdown, Dylan Lewis (ABCÕs Recovery) and Julia Zamiro, host of SBSÕs Rockwiz to find out just what makes music TV go bada bing bada boo!

From memorable shows to memorable moments such as the Beatles, Molly Meldrum and Iggy Pop, John Farnham, Molly Meldrum and Prince Charles, Kylie and Jason, Molly Meldrum andÉwell, just about anyone!

Part of the Australian Centre for the Moving ImageÕs, TV50 exhibition, the panel will relive all your favourite moments from shows like Bandstand, Sing Sing Sing, Countdown, Rage, MTV and Australian Idol. These shows have each exerted an enormous influence over the record buying public, often with the power to make, or break, aspiring popstars.

For the past 50 years, Australian television and music have shared a unique relationship with many of televisionÕs early stars making the leap from radio.

In more recent years, many small screen stars have moved from fictional suburbs such as Erinsborough (Neighbours), Summer Bay (Home & Away) and Westside (E Street), the list includes Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, the Blakeley Twins, Stefan Dennis, Jason Donovan, Craig McLachlan, Russell Crowe, Natalie Imbruglia, Stephanie McIntosh, Delta Goodrem, Holly Valance, Bec Catrwright, Natalie Bassingthwaigthe, Tammin Sursok, Bruce Samazan and Melissa Tkautz and it goes on.

Thu 28 Sep 6.30pm
Counting Down Music TV
Full $15 Concession $10
For more information visit

May 21, 2006

From the official media release announcing the Countdown Spectacular tour...


From 1974 to 1987 at 6pm on a Sunday night the streets across Australia were deserted. Mums, Dads, kids, housemates, and sometimes complete strangers congregated in lounge rooms across the nation as everyone prepared for the hour long, almost religious, experience that was the ABC television show Countdown.

Fast forward to 2006 and The Frontier Touring Company is putting together the ultimate celebration of the iconic television show in the form of the much anticipated live concert tour, The Countdown Spectacular.

Promoter Michael Gudinski from The Frontier Touring Company said he was excited to be producing The Countdown Spectacular; ÒI've been waiting to create this tour for years. I wanted to get the lineup and timing just right. I think everything has come together perfectly for this year and the positive response I've had from the artists has been overwhelming."

The ABC's Director of Enterprises, Robyn Watts, said that 2006 - the year of the 50th birthday of television in Australia - was the perfect time to celebrate the landmark success that Countdown was... and bring it back to its countless fans in a live concert environment.

Across Australia this September, The Countdown Spectacular will enable fans to relive the glory years of Countdown as leading acts of the 70s and 80s come together in a three hour extravaganza performing the hits that made them Countdown favourites. Headlined by the specially reformed Sherbet, the tour will also include Hush, John Paul Young, Leo Sayer, James Reyne, Mondo Rock, Jon English, the Chantoozies, Cheetah, Joe Dolce, Choirboys, Jo Jo Zep, Swanee, Renee Geyer and Paul Norton.

Also appearing with a sizzling hot, house band are Alex Smith from Moving Pictures, Shane Howard from Goanna, Scott Carne from Kids In The Kitchen, James Freud & Sean Kelly from the Models, Brian Canham from Pseudo Echo, Dave Sterry from Real Life, Brian Mannix from Uncanny X-Men, Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch from the Eurogliders, Wendy Stapleton from Wendy & The Rocketts, Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde from Ol' 55, Stephen Cummings from The Sports and Billy Miller from The Ferrets.

Of course it wouldn't be Countdown without the host Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, the voice of Gavin Wood and the legendary Countdown dancers. Former Skyhooks member Red Symons will narrate a special tribute segment in the show.

The Countdown experience will also be extended through a range of merchandise releases throughout the year. Australia Wide Licensing (AWL) will be releasing a great range of T-shirts, trivia/DVD games and various memorabilia. The interest in product is already very strong and AWL plan on introducing phased product ranges over the next 12 to 18 months. Other Countdown products include The Wonder Years book (available July), CDs, DVDs, audio and tour-branded merchandise.

Do yourself a favour and snap up your tickets to The Countdown Spectacular when they go on sale on Monday 29 May!


  • Wednesday 30 August Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Friday 01 September Acer Arena Sydney (formerly the SuperDome)
  • Thursday 07 September Rod Laver Arena Melbourne
  • Sunday 10 September Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • Wednesday 13 September Burswood Dome Perth
  • Sunday 17 September Brisbane Entertainment Centre

    For further information:

    February 17, 2006

    The following news comes from Brendan Pearse...

    The first Countdown DVD/CD package will be released in the first week of May. The delay in releasing the package is due to the fact that Festival was sold to Warner Music.

    The format is basically this - there will be approximately 20 Countdown film clips on each DVD. The first in the series is Australian Superstars and will feature classic early Countdown pioneers such as Hush, Sherbet, TMG, Ray Burgess and Marty Rhone and many others. There will be a bonus CD attached with the matching songs on CD.

    There are three more DVD packs due in July featuring later Countdown performances.

    Gavin has written a foreward and there are nice liner notes as well.

    There will be more releases as time goes on.

    November 14, 2005

    On Friday October 28, our webmaster Jason was interviewed for ABC Radio's Statewide Regional Afternoons in Perth!

    Click here to hear/download the rather fabulous interview!

    October 12, 2005

    On Monday October 31st is a special event called Countdown To The Cup... It will be hosted by Gavin Wood with Stand and Deliver, Renee Geyer, Samantha Sang, Daryl Cotton and Brian Cadham. Click on the flyer for more details concerning on this event!

    Following is an email from Gavin Wood to 's webmaster Jason...

    Hey Jason,

    ... it's been too long but I suppose we lead very busy lives.

    YES of course you can put the flyer on your site. It should be a great night with Stand and Deliver, Renee Geyer, Samantha Sang. Daryl Cotton and Brian Cadham. I'm looking forward to hosting it. I hope you can get a group together although the corporate tickets are expensive.

    (My recent appearance on) Spicks and Specks was a lot of fun to do and it was great to be back in the Countdown studio, it brought back a lot of very happy memories.

    Please pass on my best to all your members and you can use this e-mail on your site if you see fit.

    Best Wishes,
    Gavin Wood.