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Carpenters on Aussie ABC TV Saturday 18th January 2020

Another Son

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ABC TV, (That's Australian Broadcasting Corporation), has advertised that it will be airing Carpenters on their 'Rage Retro' program this Saturday morning, (January 18th, 2020).

It's possible that only one Carpenters clip will be played and I'm guessing that it will be the 'Please Mr. Postman' promo video, filmed at Disneyland.

However, this Saturday night and Sunday morning, Rage Retro is also featuring clips from ABC's GTK show, ('Get To Know'), which was originally aired in the early 1970s and featured exclusive interviews and Australian concert footage of local and overseas artists as they toured the country. Sometimes, Rage Retro features the same artists on Saturday night as they show in the morning. I know that GTK did air a couple of Carpenters film clips, such as the promo of 'Rainy Days and Mondays', in the early 70s. However, I'm guessing that they never filmed or screened interviews with Carpenters or concert footage of them, as, when Carpenters toured in 1972, one of their concerts was screened exclusively on Channel 7, another TV station - although they did do a number of radio station interviews - so maybe they were allowed to speak to ABC, after all.

In the past, Rage Retro has screened the promo for 'Love is Surrender' in their repeat of the early 70s ABC show, Hitscene, and Rage itself has shown the promo for 'Superstar', as well as the promo for 'Close To You', filmed in the recording studio with K&R miming to the recording, Karen at the drums in a large, white shirt. (You've probably all seen it).

So my money is on just one run-of-the-mill film clip being shown this Saturday, that we've seen a million times on commercially-released DVDs, such as 'Gold' and "Yesterday Once More'. Therefore, I'm probably getting you excited about nothing.

The message posted on ABC's website earlier this week reads, 'We're heading to the era of flares, platforms and velvet for Week Three of Retro Month on Rage. That's right, Retro Ragers! This Saturday morning, the show will be packed full of hits from the 1970s! We've got Kate Bush, The Carpenters, Steve Miller Band and more videos bound to get you boogying. Then, for your Saturday night, we'll be paying homage to the 1970s series, GTK, with live performances, interviews and segments, featuring Pink Floyd, Sherbet, Masters Apprentices and more'.

The message above might have been written by a New Millennial who doesn't realise that you don't boogie to Kate Bush unless you've got eight legs, nor to Carpenters, unless you've swallowed some serious downers, and probably not to Steve Miller Band, either.

My other guesses for clips to be shown on Rage Retro, if not 'Please Mr. Postman', are 'Top of the World' or 'Close to You'. All three songs were Number Ones in Australia. 'Close to You' was the second biggest hit of the year in 1970, behind 'Let it Be' by The Beatles and just in front of 'In the Summertime', by Aussie group, The Mixtures. 'Top of the World' was released as a single in Australia almost a year before it hit Number One in America. In Australia, it reached the summit at the beginning of 1973 and stayed on the charts for over six months. 'Please Mr. Postman' reached the top at the beginning of 1975 and stayed on the charts for just under six months. 'Close to You' had an eight-month chart ride. Interestingly, the single that had the second to longest chart life in Australia wasn't a Number One - it was 'Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft', which spent just over seven months on the charts.
 

Another Son

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Hmmmm, I’ve just seen the actual playlist for Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday morning. It’s a bit disappointing. ‘Close to You’ only will be screened.
 

Carpe diem

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"The message above might have been written by a New Millennial who doesn't realise that you don't boogie to Kate Bush unless you've got eight legs, nor to Carpenters, unless you've swallowed some serious downers, and probably not to Steve Miller Band, either." :laugh:

Brian, you have to post more often!
 

Another Son

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"The message above might have been written by a New Millennial who doesn't realise that you don't boogie to Kate Bush unless you've got eight legs, nor to Carpenters, unless you've swallowed some serious downers, and probably not to Steve Miller Band, either." :laugh:

Brian, you have to post more often!
I enjoy your posts as well, Carpe diem. :)
 

Another Son

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In case you were wondering, the clip shown on Rage Retro was the promo of ‘Close to You’ with K&R miming in the studio, Karen at the drums in the white shirt.

I was hoping that a unique interview or something would be shown in the GTK section as well, but, no.

However, the track listing for the episode demonstrates perhaps that Carpenters are now considered more significant than they once were. If you look at the other artists, you can see that they’re all the type who are considered cool and influential - maybe with the exception of ABBA, but they, too, have become more ‘cool’ in the last twenty years or so:-
  • CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL Looking Out My Back Door (Festival)
  • STEVE MILLER BAND The Joker (Capital Records)
  • THE CARPENTERS Close To You (Polydor)
  • ABBA Take A Chance On Me (Mercury)
  • THE BEE GEES Stayin' Alive (Polydor)
  • THE CARS Just What I Needed (Warner)
  • KATE BUSH Wuthering Heights (EMI)
  • PINK FLOYD Money (Polydor)
5:30am
  • THE ROLLING STONES It's Only Rock and Roll (Virgin)
  • THE RAMONES Rock 'N' Roll High School (Warner)
  • SEX PISTOLS God Save The Queen (Virgin)
  • HEART Barracuda (Portrait)
  • BLACK SABBATH Paranoid (Vertigo)
  • QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody (EMI)
  • DAVID BOWIE Boys Keep Swinging (EMI)
  • JOY DIVISION Love Will Tear Us Apart (Festival)
 
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