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Doug Anthony All Stars on Rock Til Dawn from Dickson circa 1984

By 15 January 2013 25

It’s hard to say how we missed this archival jewel, but it’s certainly of historical interest for all Canberrans.

Worth sticking around for the Q&A in the second half.

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25 Responses to Doug Anthony All Stars on Rock Til Dawn from Dickson circa 1984
#1
geoffappleby3:36 pm, 15 Jan 13

AMAZING!!!!

#2
Jivrashia3:37 pm, 15 Jan 13

What the f*** is the interviewer on??

#3
johnboy3:44 pm, 15 Jan 13

I love how rocking ’till dawn circa 194 in canberra involved a collared shirt, wooly jumper, and blow wave perm.

he would have got all the laydeez in the Private Bin with that too.

#4
ToZZa3:49 pm, 15 Jan 13

That was filmed at the Dickson library, from the looks of things?

#5
johnboy3:58 pm, 15 Jan 13

Certainly looks like Dicko, but I don’t remember an area looking like that (and as a kid I was there a lot).

Maybe the Dickson Gardens professional buildings across the road?

#6
Spykler4:36 pm, 15 Jan 13

johnboy said :

I love how rocking ’till dawn circa 194 in canberra involved a collared shirt, wooly jumper, and blow wave perm.

he would have got all the laydeez in the Private Bin with that too.

That flannie he is sporting under his jumper should have been out and proud (untucked) so he could score with the ladies at either the Rose & Crown or Blind beggars- not the Bin..That was all acid wash and skinny ties.

#7
poetix4:36 pm, 15 Jan 13

johnboy said :

Certainly looks like Dicko, but I don’t remember an area looking like that (and as a kid I was there a lot).

Maybe the Dickson Gardens professional buildings across the road?

Where they now hold jazz upstairs. And some of the aficionados have perms and jumpers much like those of this host in 1984…Perhaps even the same jumper.

#8
Beserk Keyboard Warr4:42 pm, 15 Jan 13

They had food machines in ’84?

#9
Roundhead895:06 pm, 15 Jan 13

It would be 1985 or ’86. Rock Till Dawn was a locally-produced music video program on CTC7 (then called Capital 7) which was Canberra’s only commercial TV station at the time. Stations in the major capitals had been screening all-night music video shows such as Music Video and Nightmoves for a few years. This was before the ABC’s Rage which began 1987.

I’m fairly sure Rock Till Dawn didn’t begin until 1985. I used to watch it when I was studying at CCAE (now Uni of Canberra) in 1986. Unfortunately this clip does not include the RTD font which gave song title and artiste because if it did I could pick the air date immediately. During 1985 the program used a red and white running writing font, whilst in 1986 that was changed to something resembling Century Gothic.

#10
johnboy5:11 pm, 15 Jan 13

The YouTube poster is more than usually sure about the 1984 date, for what that’s worth.

#11
poetix5:18 pm, 15 Jan 13

Is there a date on the printed material on the table, able to be made out by those of sound eye and computer?

#12
Gira26177:40 pm, 15 Jan 13

Ahh the memories, it was shot in the canteen at CTC-7 in Watson, great night, great crew, great times, when local production was supported and encouraged by the station management and owner. The Doug’s were starting out and still ‘local boys’.

#13
miz7:50 pm, 15 Jan 13

DAAS should be on ‘Like Canberra’! Actually, come to think of it, no. DAAS, like RiotACT, are too classy for the technicolour yawn that is that ghastly website.

#14
drfelonious9:02 pm, 15 Jan 13

According to the Wikipedia entry, which helpfully has a para entitled ‘The Early Years’, this would be 1986, probably shortly after the Adelaide Fringe Festival of that year if you listen to the Q and A.

#15
drfelonious9:06 pm, 15 Jan 13

The interviewer is on something called smug – a drug commonly used by baby boomers even to this day.

#16
Skidd Marx9:21 am, 16 Jan 13

drfelonious said :

The interviewer is on something called smug – a drug commonly used by baby boomers even to this day.

The entire DAAS gang were smug addicts, and hence impossible to like. To this day Paul McDermott has been unable to shake the habit.

#17
Holden Caulfield9:45 am, 16 Jan 13

Tim: “Most Canberrans are bored and rich.”

:P

#18
Frustrated1:23 pm, 16 Jan 13

drfelonious said :

The interviewer is on something called smug – a drug commonly used by baby boomers even to this day.

The interviewer is Rob Duckworth who I think was local radio DJ at the time too…

I am not sure he was a baby boomer though. I see he works on Sydney radio nowadays.

#19
Duffbowl3:59 pm, 16 Jan 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Tim: “Most Canberrans are bored and rich.”

:P

Good to see that’s changed.

#20
Deref5:16 pm, 16 Jan 13

:-) Brilliant. My band did a gig with them before they got famous. My band never did. On the other hand, they deserved it.

#21
martin755:40 pm, 16 Jan 13

Awesome, where’s Canberra’s next new talent???

#22
Endrey5:51 pm, 16 Jan 13

martin75 said :

Awesome, where’s Canberra’s next new talent???

There’s talent everywhere, though everyone just gets syndicated lowest common denominator s*** from Sydney.

#23
damien haas5:56 pm, 16 Jan 13

martin75 said :

Awesome, where’s Canberra’s next new talent???

I miss that off key junkie that used to warble away in Garema Place. She was almost as good as the long departed plastic drum drummer wino bloke.

#24
Frustrated7:49 pm, 16 Jan 13

damien haas said :

martin75 said :

Awesome, where’s Canberra’s next new talent???

I miss that off key junkie that used to warble away in Garema Place. She was almost as good as the long departed plastic drum drummer wino bloke.

What about the old god botherer bloke who yelled out we are all doomed, and covered in ‘god lives’ signs etc

#25
Spykler10:01 pm, 16 Jan 13

Frustrated said :

damien haas said :

martin75 said :

Awesome, where’s Canberra’s next new talent???

I miss that off key junkie that used to warble away in Garema Place. She was almost as good as the long departed plastic drum drummer wino bloke.

What about the old god botherer bloke who yelled out we are all doomed, and covered in ‘god lives’ signs etc

Wearing his white hard hat, kilt and towing a little cart covered in Repent or ye are all doomed’ messages?

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