Liberation will release a 3CD volume of ‘Molly Counting Down The Hits’ for Christmas 2016.
After the best-seller, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum biography, the Molly mini-series and the soundtrack album that sold 130,000 copies, ‘Molly Counting Down The Hits’ will continue the legacy. with 60 tracks based on Australia’s most successful ever music show ‘Countdown’.
“From track one to track 60, I love everything about this album (including the fact it comes in St Kilda colours),” Molly said in a statement.
While the mini-series TV show was not allowed to use the music of ABBA, the album will. “ABBA rarely permit their songs to be featured on compilation albums. The fact they’ve allowed us to use “Mamma Mia” shows how much love and respect they have for Australia. It also acknowledges that if not for Countdown, ‘Mamma Mia’ would never have been a single. ABBA’s record company only relented when we wouldn’t stop playing the song,” Molly said.
The album is a document of not only the music of the 70s and 80s but also the culture. “So many memories come rushing back when I listen to this album,” Molly said. “Sherbet versus Skyhooks … who can forget the civil war in the ’70s? It was our very own version of The Beatles versus The Rolling Stones”.
“Iggy Pop’s unforgettable appearance on Countdown (“Hiya, Dogface!”),” he said.
“Duran Duran calling Nile Rodgers from my house after hearing his production of INXS’s ‘Original Sin’. Nile’s remix of ‘The Reflex’ became Duran Duran’s first US chart-topper,” Molly recalled.
“Pseudo Echo performing ‘Listening’ on Countdown – the first unrecorded band to appear on the show”.
“The Human League controversy after I compared their ‘Dare’ album to The Beatles. I don’t regret it – ‘Dare’ is a classic. Billy Idol telling me, “I’ve had some really heavy sex since I’ve come to Australia. Blondie having their first hit anywhere in the world when Countdown mistakenly played ‘In The Flesh’ (we were meant to play “X Offender”),” Molly said. “They’re just some of my memories … I know you’ll have your own memories when you play this record”.
‘Molly Counting Down The Hits’ will be released on October 21, 2016.
MOLLY – Counting Down The Hits
Disc one tracklist:
Abba – Mamma Mia
The Knack – My Sharona
Village People – YMCA
Real Life – Send Me An Angel
The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
Culture Club – It’s A Miracle
The Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed
Pseudo Echo – Listening
Eurogliders – Heaven (Must be There)
Nena – 99 Luftballons
Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night
Devo – Whip It
Models – Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight
Leo Sayer –You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Kids In The Kitchen – Current Stand
Icehouse – Hey Little Girl
Mondo Rock – Come Said The Boy
Tears for Fears – Head Over Heels
The Motels – Total Control
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Disc two tracklist:
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
Laura Branigan – Gloria
Bananarama – Robert DeNiro’s Waiting
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Swingers – Counting The Beat
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Tina Turner – The Best
Bay City Rollers – Bye Bye Baby
Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
Wa Wa Nee – Stimulation
Machinations – Pressure Sway
James Freud – Modern Girl
Pat Wilson – Bop Girl
The Monitors – Singing In The 80’s
Renee Geyer – Say I Love You
The Reels – Prefab Heart
Marilyn – Calling Your Name
Blondie – In The Flesh
Peter Allen – I Go To Rio
Disc three tracklist:
Gonna – Solid Rock
The Angels – No Secrets
Sweet – Fox On The Run
Hunters & Collectors – Say Goodbye
Divinyls – Boys In Town
Iggy Pop – I’m Bored
Cheap Trick – Dream Police
Australian Crawl – Errol
Mi Sex – People
Skyhooks – Horror Movie
Dragon – Still In Love With You
The Sports – How Come
Moving Pictures – Never
Billy Idol – Hot In The City
Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons – Shape I’m In
Boom Crash Opera – Hands Up In The Air
Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On
Sherbet – Rock Me Gently
Supernaut – Too Hot Too Touch
John Paul Young – Soldier Of Fortune
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