The iconic ABC music show Rage turns 30 on April 17 2017 and the ABC is inviting viewers to a ten-day celebration.
Across TV, radio, in print and in person, ABC gives fans a chance to relive their favourite moments and discover everything there is to know about the influential program’s history and influence on Australian music and culture.
Did you know?
- The honour of being the first video to be played on Rage goes to ‘Weirdo Libido’ by Sydney post-punk band Lime Spiders. It says a lot about Rage - especially when you consider that MTV made their debut with The Buggles’ ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’.
- The first Rage Guest Programmer was Andrew Denton, who started things off in a very Rage way - in bed, (supposedly) after a big night out.
- The Go-Betweens’ Amanda Brown was the first musician to host the show - from her backyard, no less.
- And the most requested video? Sabotage, by the Beastie Boys.
On ABC TV:
Rage30: The story of Rage (9.30pm, 17th April ABC and ABC iview)
This one hour documentary celebrates the incredible history of Rage and features a plethora of musical talent from across the decades, musicians whose work has been a mainstay of Rage but who were also viewers themselves. We go back to the beginning to find out where and how it all began and talk to many of the most successful music clip directors for whom Rage directly influenced their careers.
Normal Rage programming interrupted by the viewers!
Rage Overnight on Saturday 15th April and Saturday 22nd April (ABC and ABC iview)
Via a nationwide social media campaign Rage viewers have been invited to guest program the show. Thousands have taken up the challenge and the most creative, thoughtful and entertaining will be broadcast over these two special nights. Each viewer playlist selected will display the contributor’s name.
Rage30: Stories from the Red Couch (11.00pm, 21st April ABC and ABC iview)
Over its three decades on air Rage has hosted hundreds of guest programmers; musicians, comedians and even politicians have been invited to share their favourite music clips and explain why they mean so much to them. In the process, we gain a unique insight into them as people. This special program, hosted by the one and only Kate Ceberano, assembles the very best, from the famous, the funny to the very naughty.
On ABC Radio:
The Real Thing – Rage ‘Til You Puke
RN’s The Real Thing podcast a half-hour special featuring interviews with the musicians, personalities, producers and fans who brought the program to life. Rage ‘Til you Puke will be available from The Real Thing and Double J’s The J Files podcast feeds from Thursday April 14 and will air on both RN and Double J simultaneously on Easter Monday.
Rage 30 Magazine: Collector’s Edition (On sale April 20 from abcshop.com.au, ABC Centres and newsagents, $14.95)
Brace yourself for even more couch consumption as we say Happy 30th Birthday to our favourite music rebel with a special edition magazine. Packed with behind-the-scenes Rage guest programmer tales, including Faith No More, Hole, the Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer, we also delve deep into the music clips that have kept you up all night — dissecting the LOLs, the controversy, the culture, the hidden messages and stacks more. Penned by revered music writers including Myf Warhurst, Craig Schuftan and Lindsay McDougall — to name but a few — your eyeballs will be lured into bloodshot temptation of “just one more page”.
Rage 30 Album (CD / digital album released on April 14)
This massive compilation features standout tracks from across the three decades Rage has been on air. Songs that have resonated with fans and artists covering all genres, ages, genders and nationalities; it’s the definitive Rage collection.
Rage 30 Merchandise (T-Shirt range released April 14)
You’ll be able to wear a piece of Rage history with one of our special release Rage logo t-shirts. Various designs and sizes available.
Rage Exhibit, ABC Ultimo - Celebrating thirty years of R-R-R-R-Rage!
Come and sit on the Rage couch, snap a selfie and share.
Free at ABC Ultimo Centre – Main Foyer now until April 23.