Gavin Wood's Countdown Podcast

Gavin Wood's Countdown Podcast

COUNTDOWN the Australian music television show broadcast by the ABC from 1974 until 1987. Countdown was the most popular music program in Australian TV history which exerted a strong sway on radio programmers. Countdown attracted local and International acts and reflected the musical cultural influences of the day. Gavin Wood was the program's voice over announcer and offers an insight to the artists who performed on the show.

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August 11, 2022 38 min

Temperley was born in 1978 in Mosman Park, Western Australia, and grew up in Fremantle. At seven years of age, his name was changed to 'Satyam Kavyen Temperley'—Temperley is his mother's maiden name and 'Satyam Kavyen' means "Poet of Truth".

The Temperley family were members of the 'Orange People' (Rajneesh movement) and made trips to India as well Oregon, United States, throughout the early 1980...

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Austen Tayshus is always, as a matter of principle, pushing the boundaries, and entering the quagmire of Political Correctness throwing hand grenades all to stomp on narrow-mindedness and mediocrity to wake people up to alternative ideas.

He performs anywhere-from outback bowls clubs, to hipster pubs in Melbourne and Adelaide, Universities, Theatres, and Rock Concerts all over Australia, to refine  and define his craft.

When he str...

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Richard Clapton began his recording career in 1974. Australia was still in the vice-like grip of the cultural cringe. He plunged into the “deep water” and legends like Skyhooks and Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, INXS, Midnight Oil, and hundreds of others, followed in his wake.

Clapton’s songs are still omnipresent on the radio to this day, his records charting the political landscape of the nation and the turbulent lives of two generatio...

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David Sean Gleeson, (born 3 June 1968) is the lead singer of Australian hard rock group The Screaming Jets. He was born in Newcastle, New South Wales .  . Gleeson formed his first rock band, Aspect, in 1985, with school pal, Grant Walmsley.

In January 1989 Gleeson on lead vocals and Walmsley on guitar, were joined by Brad Heaney on drums, Richard Lara on guitar and Paul Woseen on bass guitar, to form The Screaming Jets as a hard ro...

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Lee Kernaghan OAM, in full Lee Raymond Kernaghan, (born April 15, 1964, Corryong, Victoria, Australia), Australian popular singer who reinvigorated Australian country music in the 1990s, synthesizing traditional country themes with energetic styles of contemporary rock and roll and images of an evolving Australian rural culture. Kernaghan was the eldest child of Ray Kernaghan, who rose to great popularity as a country music singe...
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In 1983 Geisha were formed in Melbourne as Geisha Detail with Chris Doheny on lead guitar and vocals; his younger brother, Donoghue Doheny, on bass guitar and backing vocals; John Nyman on keyboards; Peter Robertson on drums; and Ken Sheppard on guitar. They shortened their name to Geisha and signed with EMI Records. In April 1985 the group released their debut, "Fool's Way", which appeared on the Australian Kent Music ...
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Russell Hitchcock - Air Supply Born in Melbourne, Russell Hitchcock attended South Brunswick State School, and later studied at Princes Hill High School in Carlton North. In 1965, he left school to work as a salesman. At that time, he played the drums and was the lead vocalist in a band called "19th Generation". After meeting British musician Graham Russell in 1975 on the set of a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Air ...
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Tana Douglas - Author of LOUD a woman who not only survived the all-male world on the road but climbed to the top and lived to tell the tale. At just fifteen, Tana Douglas ran away to the circus that was rock 'n' roll in the 1970s, taking a job with a young and upcoming band called AC/DC. While still a teenager she headed to the UK and later the US to work for a who's who of bands and artists. Life on the road was exhil...
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Tana Douglas - Author of LOUD a woman who not only survived the all-male world on the road but climbed to the top and lived to tell the tale. At just fifteen, Tana Douglas ran away to the circus that was rock 'n' roll in the 1970s, taking a job with a young and upcoming band called AC/DC. While still a teenager she headed to the UK and later the US to work for a who's who of bands and artists. Life on the road was exhil...
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Vanessa Joy Amorosi (born 8 August 1981) is an Australian singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her combined album and single sales have reached over two million worldwide. She is known for her wide belting range (being able to reach a C#6 with ease) and her ability to vocally cover various genres of music including pop, rock, blues, jazz and gospel. Amorosi started performing in shopping centres and local council concerts under ...
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DAVE FAULKNER - Hoodoo Gurus Faulkner is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist; he has performed with several bands. In 1981, Baker and Faulkner founded Hoodoo Gurus in Sydney with Roddy Radalj and Kimble Rendall: their first single was "Leilani". He wrote the band's best known single, 1987 hit "What's My Scene?",which reached No. 3 on the National charts. Hoodoo Gurus, the band enjoyed success in m...
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Scott Carne - Kids In The Kitchen were an Australian pop, funk, and new wave band, which formed in 1983. They enjoyed huge chart success with four top-20 songs in the singles chart. - "Change in Mood" (1983), "Bitter Desire" (1984) "Something That You Said" (20 May 1985) and "Current Stand" (1985). Kids In The Kitchen from The Kent Report reached No 9 and was the 16th biggest selling album in Austral...
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Bob 'BONGO' Starkie Bob was guitarist & backing vocals of Skyhooks who formed in Melbourne, March 1973, acquiring their flamboyant lead singer Graeme "Shirley" Strachan a year later, the band would end up touring and recording for nearly 30 years. Racking up number 1 hits like: 'Ego Is Not A Dirty Word,' 'Horror Movie,' 'Living In The 70s,' 'Women In Uniform,' & 'Jukebox I...
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Belinda Carlisle is an American musician, singer, and author. She gained fame as the lead singer of the Go-Go's, the most successful all-female rock band of all time, and went on to have a prolific career as a solo artist. Raised in Southern California, Carlisle became the lead singer of the Go-Go's after the band's formation in 1978. With their chart-topping debut release Beauty & The Beat in 1981, the group helped...
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Elvis Costello, is an English singer-songwriter, born 25 August 1954. Costello began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s. He has won multiple awards in his career, including Grammy Awards in 1999 and 2020, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist. In 2003, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on it...
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Matthew Weston Goss (born 29 September 1968) is an English, singer-songwriter and musician, currently based in London. He is the lead singer of 1980's pop group Bros, which also features his twin brother, Luke as drummer. Goss' accolades include the Brit Award Winner; Las Vegas Icon Award; British Entertainer of the Year; Best Show of Wembley Arena;[citation needed] Goss wrote the theme song for So You Think You Can Dance,...
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Beeb Birtles (born Gerard Bertelkamp, 28 November 1948) is a Dutch Australian musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has been a member of various Australian groups including Zoot (1967-71), Mississippi (1972-74), Little River Band (1975-83), and Birtles Shorrock Goble (2002-07). He has also worked as a solo artist, including releasing an album, Driven by Dreams (2000). In 2004 Birtles and other members of the classic line-u...
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Jon Stevens (born 8 October 1961) is a New Zealand singer, best known for his work with Noiseworks and Jesus Christ Superstar.
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Andrew Charles Farriss AM (born 27 March 1959) is an Australian rock musician and multi-instrumentalist best known as the keyboardist, backing vocalist, and main composer for rock band INXS. Farriss released his debut studio album in 2021.
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Pseudo Echo are an Australian new wave band that formed in 1982 by founding mainstay Brian Canham on vocals, guitar and keyboards. Pseudo Echo had Australian top 20 hits with "Listening", "A Beat for You", "Don't Go", "Love an Adventure", "Living in a Dream" and their cover of "Funky Town" which peaked at No. 1 in 1986. In 1987, it reached No. 1 in Canada (No. 17 Year End), No. 1 ...
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