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Classic Countdown! Music Map




The Countdown Map
The Countdown Map

An interactive Australian music map, inspired by the old Classic Countdown map, is an ongoing story at AMMP where we add new map pins every month.


Aunty Jack – Wollongong. The entire town. The Aunty Jack album ‘Aunty Jack Sings Wollongong’ features a young Norman Gunston with his Gunstonettes singing ‘Wollongong the Brave.’ Aunty Jack was at the inauguration of colour television in Australia on 1 March 1975. The special beat ABC’s commercial rivals by beginning 3 minutes early, at 11:57 pm 28 March 1975 in black and white and then wiping to colour at midnight.


YouTube Farewell Aunty Jack (song)



The Marble Bar at The Hilton Hotel on George Street, Sydney is where Cold Chisel were photographed for their album Breakfast at Sweethearts. Sweethearts in Kings Cross no longer exists but a brass plaque in the pavement marks its location.

Cold Chisel made Sydney their own.
Cold Chisel made Sydney their own.


This before/after shot (Twitter, Pinterest) shows the Young family at 4 Burleigh Street, Burwood.


4 Burleigh Street, Burwood (Twitter).
4 Burleigh Street, Burwood (Twitter).


Mental as Anything featuring Greedy Smith (below, in a portrait by Paul Worstead) made The Civic Hotel on Pitt Street in the centre of Sydney their own. The old Phantom Records shop was steps away.

The Paul Worstead portrait of Greedy Smith, Mental as Anything.
The Paul Worstead portrait of Greedy Smith, Mental as Anything.

The Hoodoo Gurus are a Sydney band not identified with any one venue, but as Le Hoodoo Gurus, they played The Mosman Hotel, Mosman.

Hoodoo Gurus poster from the brilliant website 1980schild.blogspot.com.au
Hoodoo Gurus poster from the brilliant website 1980schild.blogspot.com.au
Skyhooks poster 1970s
Skyhooks poster 1970s

Skyhooks created songs about whole suburbs in Melbourne. Carlton and Balwyn are just two of those namechecked.

Westgate after the song by Mark Seymour – but also Ormond College, University of Melbourne where John Archer, Doug Falconer and Mark Seymour first met on the way to forming Hunters and Collectors.

From St Kilda to Kings Cross by Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls  is just part of the St. Kilda story. So many bands are associated with the area and still play there – like Cold Chisel’s Don Walker – that it has a permanent pin on the Countdown Map.

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Festival Hall needs no introduction, thanks to Sherbet, Daddy Cool and unknown third support act AC/DC.

ACDC support Sherbet
This is where Classic Countdown was filmed and there is a fascinating story on the closure of the old ABC-TV Dream Factory here. Devoted fans including The Countdown Sisters used to make the pilgrimage. Follow them here. (Images: ABC Archives, Twitter, Instagram).

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Ian Meldrum filming Countdown. ABC Archives.
Ian Meldrum filming Countdown. ABC Archives.


Arnhem Land – Yothu Yindi
Aboriginal members of Yothu Yindi came from Yolngu homelands near Yirrkala on the Gove Peninsula in Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land.


D.A.A.S. – Canberra
You could use up a lot of pins on Google Maps just trying to follow all the busking spots where the Doug Anthony Allstars put their guitar cases down. D.A.A.S. began performing as buskers on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were attending university.

NEW! Chrissy Amphlett Street
Melbourne has Amphlett Lane. Canberra now has Amphlett Street. Divinyls fans, start your engines. (Photograph: Twitter @AmphlettLane)

Amphlett Street Canberra named after Chrissy Amphlett.
Amphlett Street Canberra named after Chrissy Amphlett.

AC/DC – Largs Pier hotel, Adelaide
During the 70s and 80s Largs hosted Jimmy Barnes with Cold Chisel, AC/DC, The Little River Band and The Angels. Bon Scott, who later became the lead singer of AC/DC, met his wife at the Largs Pier Hotel after a gig in 1971.


Dave Warner From The Suburbs – The Victoria Hotel, Perth
Watch ‘Half Time at the Football’ on YouTube – Dave Warner – “Half-time at the Football” (1981)

Backstage Passes - Greg Phillips
Backstage Passes – Greg Phillips

INXS – Davidson High School, Perth. Imagine this. After recess, Andrew Farriss convincing his fellow Davidson High School classmate, Michael Hutchence, to join his band, Doctor Dolphin.The rest is history. If not actually a band called Doctor Dolphin.


The Innocents with singer Charlie Tauber put Hobart on the Countdown map when they appeared on the show. Sooner or Later is a power pop classic.


The Saints – Corinda High School.
Author and journalist Clinton Walker:  “I first became aware of the Saints in 1974, while living in Brisbane. I had transferred to a new school, Corinda High. There, in art class, I met a gaggle of antisocial young long hairs that revolved around an embryonic band called the Saints. Perhaps the strongest common bond I had initially with the guys in art was that we all hated hippies. I fell in with them, and it wasn’t long before I fell in the Saints’ thrall too.”
Read more: Raven Records – The Saints – Wild About You 1976-1978


RAM Magazine anniversary editions, photographed by owner Michael Witheford
RAM Magazine anniversary editions, photographed by owner Michael Witheford


The Go Between Bridge – The Go Betweens
The Go Between Bridge, formerly known as the Hale Street Link, is a toll bridge for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists over the Brisbane River in inner-city Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Countdown GPO Box Melbourne
Countdown GPO Box Melbourne


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Classic Countdown! From Twitter @ABCTV
Classic Countdown! From Twitter @ABCTV

About AMMP


Jessica AdamsHere a just a few of the faces and names involved with the AMMP website. The Australian Music Museum Project.


After a career as a music journalist on magazines like Select in Britain and Editor of On the Street in Sydney, Jessica became a full-time astrologer, author and book editor. Her work includes the Kids’ Night In and Girls’ Night In series  (Penguin) and her music-themed novel Cool For Cats. In 2013 she began the petition for Chrissy Amphlett Lane at Change.org with Patricia Amphlett, Charley Drayton, Fran Moore and Jenny Valentish.


Patricia AmphlettPatricia Amphlett, professionally known as Little Pattie, enjoys a career in television, recording and live performance which spans several decades. She has won many awards. In 2003 Patricia received the Order of Australia for her professional and charity work. In 2009 she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by her cousin Chrissy Amphlett. Her busy life includes her role as the Federal President of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. Patricia has served on many boards including the National Film and Sound Archive and the Australian War Memorial.


Marshall CulllenMarshall is the owner and founder of the Damien Gerard and Foghorn Group. He has over 30 years’ experience in the music industry both locally and internationally, encompassing Management, A&R, Promotions, Marketing,  Touring and Recording. His work has also covered International Releases, Music Publishing, Film Synchronisations & Record Production. Marshall is a regular panellist at music industry seminars around the world including SXSW and Midem. He is the former National Chair of the MMF, and has also worked as a councillor at the Music Council of Australia, in addition to being an AAM, AMPAL & AIR Member. He is currently focussed on tour management and radio/media plugging. Marshall’s recent credits include Lloyd Cole, Ken Stringfellow, Brian Setzer(USA), Ben Watt(UK), Paul Kelly, Hoodoo Gurus, Sarah Blasko, Ballpark Music, Fiona Bevan(UK).


Hilary DavidsonHilary Davidson is a curator and cultural historian with many years’ experience curating, researching and exhibiting internationally significant collections at the Museum of London, the Museum of Decorative Arts & Design, and Hampshire County Museums. As a specialist in the history of fashion and clothing she has published extensively and lectured around the world, and presented on a number of BBC television programmes including Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball. She also consults for the Oxford English Dictionary. A full list of publications can be found here. HilaryDavidson Hilary lives and works between Sydney and London.


Tracee HutchisonTracee Hutchison is the Director of Hutchison Creative, a multimedia production company based in Melbourne. Tracee’s wide-ranging broadcast career began in the mid-1980’s presenting youth culture programs on ABC TV and specialist music programs on JJJ. In 1989, Tracee became the first voice of the national Triple J network, launching the first networked broadcast from Melbourne. Tracee’s expansive cv includes: Program Director at Melbourne’s iconic 3RRR.FM, Producer/Scriptwriter ‘Rockwiz’ (SBS TV), Series Producer ‘nomad’ (SBS TV), Reporter/Producer ‘7.30 Report’ (ABC TV) and Radio Australia presenter.

Craig KamberCraig Kamber’s career in the music industry encompasses artist management, music journalist, radio broadcaster (3PBS, 3RRR, Triple J) & record company executive (Australian Music Division / A&R credits include Powderfinger, Spiderbait, Tumbleweed, Shihad, Underground Lovers, Stephen Cummings amongst many others). He has also produced / directed a number of music documentaries & created Australia’s first national Music Film Festival. Craig is currently editing / producing a special book project – Live Forever – an Anthology on Australian musicians, singers & songwriters. Craig is currently writing for The Australian Music Museum Project.

Special thanks to Australian Music Museum Project friends and supporters like Greg Phillips  (below) who have lent backstage pass photographs and other memorabilia for the website, Jenny Valentish, Elle Russell and Jen Jewel Brown, for her support and advice. AMMP logo – Jenny Valentish.

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Backstage Passes - Greg Phillips
Backstage Passes – Greg Phillips