Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Elsternwick Antics

Seminal weekly music television programme Countdown began in 1974, broadcast from the national broadcaster’s studios in Gordon Street, Elsternwick. It served to introduce many Australians to both the sound of AC/DC and the antics of Bon Scott and Angus Young. Put simply, the Countdown cameras loved AC/DC. Executive Producer Kris Noble has spoken of the excitement that the group brought to the set. “The cameras used to go flat out, it was really hyper in the studio.”

AC/DC made their Countdown debut on 29 November 1974 and were regular gatecrashers of Sunday family dinners all over Australia in the months that followed. Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Duriex, authors of AC/DC history Maximum Rock & Roll, calculate that the group featured on the programme on 38 occasions between this debut and December 1976 (including four appearances in the month of June 1975). One of the more memorable outings was on 23 March 1975, when Bon Scott smirked and smoked his way through the group’s performance of Baby, Please Don’t Go while dressed as a schoolgirl complete with pigtails.

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