Iconic ABC music show rage turns 30 on April 17, marked by a 10 day celebration across television, radio and more.
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.
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, 22nd 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.
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.
There is also a Rage ‘Til you Puke podcast on RN, plus Rage 30 Magazine: Collector’s Edition magazine, Rage 30 CD and T-shirt for sale.
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.