rage (TV program)

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Genre Music, Arts
Presented by List of Rage guest programmers
Opening theme "Real Wild Child" by Iggy Pop
Ending theme "Speed Your Love to Me" by Simple Minds
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 28
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales
Running time 60 minutes (Monday-Thursday)
12 hours (Friday-Saturdays)
6.5 hours (Saturday-Sundays)
Original channel ABC (Australia)
Telemundo (United States and Vietnam)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 17 April 1987 – present
External links

Rage (styled as rage) is a popular all-night Australian music video program broadcast on ABC on Friday nights, Saturday mornings and Saturday nights. It was first screened on the weekend of Friday, 17 April 1987. With Soul Train and Video Hits no longer being produced, it is the oldest music television program currently still in production as of 13 September 2014. Rage starts anywhere between 11pm and 1am, the program is classified 'M' or 'MA 15+' through until 6am Saturdays and finishes at 11:30 am on Saturdays and at 7am on Sundays. Rage is also broadcast on the international satellite channel Australia Plus on Saturday and Sunday mornings (Hong Kong time).[1]


Rage has a good reputation among viewers for its minimalist format which has remained largely unchanged for more than two decades. The program was originally created by executive producer Mark FitzGerald in early 1987. It was then given an idiosyncratic and alternative flavour by music programmers and producers Stephanie Lewis (1988 to 1995) and Narelle Gee (1995 to 2008). A wide range of music genres are included in the Rage mix with the Friday night programming focusing on New Release videos. The only time a human is seen on Rage delivering dialogue to the camera is when guest programmers appear on the Saturday night edition. Otherwise, the videos are run end-to-end with the occasional quick branding clip or the "Rage" logo accompanied by a voice that simply says "Rage!" to break them up. A "crawl" is also used at times during the program, with details of upcoming Specials and Guest Programmers printed in text at the bottom of the screen during a short snippet of a selected clip. The titling on the videos is also very simple, with the artist and song name displayed briefly after the Rage logo near the beginning of each video (originally only the artist was identified). Historically. no other logos or watermarks appear over the clip as it played, but as of 25 June 2010, Kath Earle, Executive Producer with ABC Arts & Entertainment, stated that the Director of Television and Head of Marketing have decided to watermark rage to 'maintain consistency across the network' as all other programs are watermarked.[2]

On Friday, new and recent releases are played, often including little-heard-of new names in the very early hours of Saturday morning. During his John Safran's Music Jamboree series, John Safran successfully demonstrated "...even a dog can get a video on Rage", by attaching a video camera to a dog, and editing the resulting footage together with simply produced looping music.

On Saturday nights, Rage features specials and often has guest programmers, including local and international personalities from the music industry. From the program's inception, Rage aired the Australian Top 50 music chart on Saturday and Sunday mornings, however in mid-2006 this practice ceased and it now shows selected hits, new release video clips and a one-hour guest programming/special programming slot on Saturday morning, with new release and classic videos on Sunday morning.

Between 2 July 1993 and May 1995, Rage aired a special "new releases" program weekly from 2am until 4am on a Friday morning.

The Saturday night editions are themed. Often it's a simple dedication to an established artist by showing a large amount of their work. As an example of the other types of themes, in early 2004 edited highlights from Countdown (from the 1970s and '80s), Rock Arena (from the '80s) and Recovery (from the '90s) were shown over many weeks. The tradition continues, with January each year being "Retro Month", and now including material from other ABC shows including GTK (1970s), Flashez (1970s) and Beatbox (1980s).

The first two music videos shown on Rage were "Weirdo Libido" by the Lime Spiders and "(You Gotta) Fight For The Right (To Party)" by The Beastie Boys.

Because the show usually starts on one day and ends on the next, it is often unclear which day the show belongs to. The producers have decided that even if it begins after midnight, its identity belongs to the earlier day (Friday or Saturday) even though the majority of the show (if not all) will be on the later day. This is most likely because television guides in Australia start and end each day at 6am.

Top Fifty / Digital TV Broadcasts[edit]

Prior to 2006, from around 5am or 6am to 9am on Saturday mornings and 4am to the end of show on Sundays, Rage would switch to the weekly Top Fifty from the ARIA singles chart. Rage aired the Top 60 chart from 1 September 1990 to 9 March 1991, and from 8 June 1991 to 6 March 1994. If a video from the Top Fifty was unavailable, unsuitable or non-existent, it would be replaced by a splash screen of the "Rage" logo with the position attained in the charts for the week, the artist's name and the track's title. Also, the videos shown until 6am were uncensored (after this, the rating was set back to G-rated material). However, some clips were unavailable in that form, particularly due to heavier restrictions on clips which originated in the United States. Sometimes, two different video clips for the same song were shown in the one session. When this happens, it was often a live (or sometimes remixed) version that was shown earlier in the night/morning, while the "mainstream" censored version shown after 6am was shown in the Top Fifty due to classification laws in Australia which prevented adult-oriented material being shown in the after-6am timeslot. Since 2005, Rage is classified PG when it carries over after 6am.

Rage has previously had to censor and remove videos which have breached advertorial and editorial guidelines for ABC TV. For example, in 1991, Adidas logos were blurred out in a music video by New Kids on the Block and in 2005 a music video by the Bratz Rock Angelz was removed due to its advertorial content. Post-2000, Rage is more liberal and lenient with censorship compared to how it was in the '90s. For example, Rage, by their own discretion, opted to broadcast the Crazy Frog music video "Axel F" uncensored, showing the exposed penis of the frog, deeming it to be non-offensive.

From 2005, the Top Fifty was added to the ABC2 digital channel programming schedule as well from 8am to 11am. The Top Fifty was also broadcast to Asia on ABC Asia Pacific and has a large cult audience in Asian countries due to the prevalence of pop music there. It is now broadcast to Asia on Australia Network showing new release pop music videos.

The weekend of 22 and 23 July 2006 was Rage's last broadcast of the Top Fifty countdown. In its place at 10am to 11am on Saturday mornings is a preview of the upcoming guest programmer or special. Rage programming on Sunday mornings includes a mix of new and hit songs. The decision to remove the Top Fifty countdown was made by ABC management, not Rage production staff, and was soundly criticised by Rage's viewing audience, which flooded the program's official message boards with complaints. The cessation of the Top Fifty countdown was due to ARIA initiating a commercial association with a telecommunications company; as the commercialism breached ABC guidelines, the Top Fifty could therefore not continue to be shown by Rage.

In 2008 and 2009, Rage broadcast an assortment of clips on ABC2 Saturday afternoons.

In 2011, Rage on 3 is top video clips of the week as voted by the ABC3 audience to complement Stay Tuned.

Since 2012, shorter broadcasts have aired transiently overnight during the week.

In 2014, teenagers will be able to watch music videos from their favourite artists on ABC3.

From Saturday 21 March 2015 new segment "The Chart" will countdown 20 of the most popular videos from the ARIA Singles Chart. The segment will also include chart predictions and appearances from some of the most popular acts of today. The Chart will air weekly on Rage from 6–8am Saturdays on ABC, and is repeated on Sundays at 9.30pm on ABC3.

Guest programmers[edit]

Rage have had many bands and artists host the show on Saturday nights. They select and introduce their favourite music videos of all time. This gives an insight into the bands' and artists' influences which are highly regarded by fans. Tapings of Rage guest programmers are not only valuable but highly sought after.

Tex Perkins and Mike Patton are the most frequent guest programmers with four appearances on the Rage couch apiece. The most frequently chosen videos by guest programmers include Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart, The Saints' (I'm) Stranded, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer and Aphex Twin's Windowlicker.


From New Year's Eve 1992, Triple J had simulcast Rage from 1am until 6am. This ended in 2003 when Triple J introduced their new dance show The Club in the same timeslot.

Considering televisions are increasingly stereo as opposed to older mono sets, the simulcast's advantage is now moot. Digital television was also becoming popular, and digital television broadcasts can not be precisely synchronised with FM radio transmissions.

Theme song[edit]

The theme song used to open the show is sampled from Iggy Pop's extended version of "Real Wild Child", with Pop's vocals and the word Rage manipulated backwards throughout. Visual images for the theme include footage from Iggy Pop's "Real Wild Child" and Johnny O'Keefe's "Shout" video clips.

The song used during the closing credits of the show is an extended remix of "Speed Your Love to Me" by Simple Minds, with visual image footage borrowed from "Speed Your Love To Me", "Sanctify Yourself" and "Waterfront".

"Sleepless" by King Crimson has also been used as the theme song.

Several years ago, a third theme was produced (also based on Iggy Pop's "Real Wild Child") to break up the guest programmer or specials clips on Saturday nights (except on Saturday mornings with hits and new releases).

In the last few years, the show has been using another theme specifically for the Top Fifty, sampled from the song "She Said" by now-defunct Brisbane band Lavish. It is now used instead of the opening theme to begin the Top Fifty and replace any missing clips.

During TISM's appearance on the show, they described the traditional theme song as "...new and exciting..." and its repetition as "always stimulating ... Why see different songs when you can see this one four or five times?"

Recently, before the guest programmers' timeslot on Saturday mornings, there is a drawn-out and high-pitched scream of "Rage" performed by actress Deni Gordon.

Fans of the programs opening and closing themes have recently taken to Facebook to protest and protect the themes from being replaced with new ones, entitled "Save ABC's Rage opening and closing theme".

Yearly specials[edit]

Up until 2009 for the last weekend of each year, rage had two specials. On the Friday night, a selection of the preceding year's Best Of videos was played. On the Saturday night, they have a selection of the year's Guest Programmers. This show started with a series of Guest Programmers introductions that were shown at the beginning of each of their shows and included them introducing a few of the videos they selected during their program, followed by one or two of their videos. In 2009, Rage launched the Rage 50; a count down of the top 50 clips of the year, as voted by Rage viewers.[3]

On New Year's Eve 1999, ABC celebrated the Millennium by broadcasting the 28 hour one off television program 2000 Today. Due to this, Rage had a rare night off air. When the program finished at midnight on New Years Day, Rage was the first program on air.

On Sunday 31 December 2006, Rage had a New Year's Eve special starting from midnight and going until 4:30am. It played all the greatest party songs, to bring in the new year.

For the first weekend of each year, the Top 50 timeslot on Rage is used for the Top 50 songs of the previous year. This will no longer be the case from 2007 (for the Top 50 songs of 2006).

Rage usually broadcasts music videos of songs from the Triple J Hottest 100 over two nights, several weeks after the Hottest 100 broadcast in late January each year (usually sometime during March).

At the end of 2007, the ABC's satirical comedy group The Chaser hosted a New Year's Eve edition of Rage, the event being dubbed "The Chaser's War on rage".

Rage New Year's Eve Special is shown on the ABC main channel following the ABC's New Year's Eve programming.

In 2012, Rage's Silver Jubilee, guest host Tex Perkins played featured videos of bands and artists that had been on past Rage programs.

Anniversary specials[edit]

Tenth Anniversary special[edit]

On 19 April 1997, a special episode was aired to celebrate Rage's tenth anniversary. It included a selection, by year, of some of the clips that had aired on Rage in the past ten years. It also included some footage of Guest Programmers from over the years. It was repeated later that year on 20 December.

Twentieth Anniversary special[edit]

Rage's 20th anniversary occurred during April 2007. Each Saturday night, they played videos from an era in rage's history as well as immortals (clips that weren't around during the particular years but which were important and influential videos) some of which were introduced by Guest programmers. Each week was introduced by some special footage and ended with a Star Wars style crawl saying which years would be featured the next week (except obviously the last week in which the crawl thanked everyone), and then an exploding birthday cake. It also featured stock footage of each year featured, summarising that year. It also featured a special theme song. The following is a breakdown of what was shown week by week: –

  • Week 1 (7 April)
    • Tex Perkins, the only man to Guest Program Rage four time introduces the special
    • clips from 1987 to 1991
  • Week 2 (14 April)
    • The "Godfather" of Rage (its original Executive Producer Mark Fitzgerald) explains how the show got started and explains the theme song. Stephanie Lewis who began the 'rage' Saturday night specials and the 'rage' guest programmers when she produced 'rage', is also interviewed about the early days of the program
    • Clips from 1992 to 1996
  • Week 3 (21 April)
  • Week 4 (28 April)
    • The new rage website is shown (as of 7 October 2007 is up and running) and the original one, which uses Shockwave is explained
    • clips from 2002 to 2006
    • this week also featured celebrities and festival goers throughout endorsing Rage and wishing it a happy birthday.

Real Wild Child book[edit]

A rage book was released in October 2010 by ABC Books/HarperCollins Australia. The author is Narelle Gee and the book is titled Real Wild Child: An Insider’s Tales From The rage Couch. The book gives an insight behind the scenes of rage and tells the stories of the rage guest programmers. The back cover description poses the question What happens when the world’s biggest musical acts sit down on Australia’s most famous couch? Australian Rolling Stone magazine reviewed Real Wild Child with this description: Rage’s long-time producer recounts the humorous, often slapstick events of a Rage taping. She’s a close observer of her subjects and she conveys almost a hundred sketches of what rock stars are like when their guard drops.


Rage has released two double compilation albums, composed of songs that are popular with the programmers. The albums contain the following tracks:

CD one[edit]

CD two[edit]


Two DVDs have been released, entitled "The Chosen Ones". These DVDs contain music videos popular with the programmers. On Saturday, 17 November 2007, Rage released their first themed DVD, entitled "Rage Gets Animated", released in response to the popularity of the animated special of 2006 (although the DVD features videos that were either omitted from the special, or were released after the special had been aired). Their second themed DVD, entitled "Most Chosen" contained clips most chosen by the guest programmers. DVDs & CDs had released, entitled "Rage In Love", "Retro Rage" and Rage "The Epic 90s". "Rage Adults Only" will showcase all those video clips and tracks we know and love that are a little bit on the naughty side, this one is likely to have a warning sticker! this release on CD & DVD for rage Adults Only from 23 July 2010. In 2011, saw the release of Rage Let's Dance on CD and DVD set.

Rage Gets Animated[edit]

  1. The Dissociatives – Horror With Eyeballs
  2. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
  3. Josh Pyke – Middle Of The Hill
  4. John Butler Trio – Good Excuse
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Behind the Sun
  6. A-Ha – Take On Me
  7. 1990s – See You At The Lights
  8. Steriogram – Walkie Talkie Man
  9. Regurgitator – Black Bugs
  10. Klaxons – Atlantis To Interzone
  11. Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control
  12. M.I.A. – Boyz
  13. Audio Bullys Featuring Nancy Sinatra – Shot You Down
  14. Cassius – The Sound Of Violence
  15. Peter Bjorn And John – Young Folks
  16. Emiliana Torrini – Sunny Road
  17. José González – Heartbeats
  18. Nizlopi – JCB Song
  19. Angus and Julia Stone – The Beast
  20. Gotye – Hearts A Mess
  21. 1200 Techniques – Karma
  22. Basement Jaxx – Where's Your Head At
  23. The Vines – Anysound
  24. Grinspoon – Bleed You Dry
  25. Shihad – General Electric
  26. The Living End – What's On Your Radio
  27. Queens of the Stone Age – Feel Good Hit of the Summer
  28. Linkin ParkPts.OF.Athrty
  29. Placebo – Special K
  30. SilverchairLuv Your Life
  31. The Magic Numbers – Forever Lost
  32. Death Cab for Cutie – Crooked Teeth
  33. Blur – Coffee And TV
  34. Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
  35. Badly Drawn Boy – You Were Right
  36. The Presets – Girl And The Sea
  37. Röyksopp – Eple
  38. Happyland – Hello!

Rage: Most Chosen[edit]

  1. The Saints – (I'm) Stranded
  2. Sonic Youth – 100%
  3. Big Audio Dynamite II – Rush
  4. Primal Scream – Rocks
  5. The Presets – Are You The One?
  6. The Prodigy – Firestarter
  7. PJ Harvey – Sheela-Na-Gig
  8. Echo & The Bunnymen- The Killing Moon
  9. Faith No More – Evidence
  10. Beth Orton – She Cries Your Name
  11. Public Image LTD – Rise
  12. The Church – Under The Milky Way
  13. David Bowie – "Ashes to Ashes"
  14. The Specials – Ghost Town
  15. The Boys Next Door – Shivers
  16. Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
  17. Hole – Miss World
  18. Supergrass – Alright
  19. Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
  20. The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
  21. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
  22. Adam Ant – Antmusic
  23. Happy Mondays – Lazyitis
  24. The Cure – Close To Me
  25. Weezer – Island In The Sun
  26. UNKLE – Rabbit In Your Headlights
  27. Portishead – Numb
  28. OutKast – Ms. Jackson
  29. Ween – Freedom Of '76
  30. Pulp – This Is Hardcore
  31. Daft Punk – Around The World
  32. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
  33. Beasts Of Bourbon – Chase The Dragon
  34. Urge Overkill – Positive Bleeding
  35. Elliott Smith – Son Of Sam
  36. Crowded House – Better Be Home Soon
  37. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
  38. You Am I – Berlin Chair
  39. The Jam – That's Entertainment
  40. The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane

Rage In Love[edit]

  1. Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  2. Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love
  3. The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
  4. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?
  5. The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
  6. The Pretenders - Message Of Love
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Do You Love Me?
  8. Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
  9. Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
  10. Air - All I Need
  11. Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
  12. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
  13. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  14. Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
  15. Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love
  16. Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
  17. Joss Stone - Fell In Love With A Boy
  18. Living Colour - Love Rears Its Ugly Head
  19. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
  20. Gang Starr - Lovesick
  21. Fun Lovin' Criminals - Love Unlimited
  22. The Cardigans - Love Fool
  23. Amiel - Love Song
  24. Dido - Thank You
  25. Beth Orton - Touch Me With Your Love
  26. The La's - There She Goes
  27. Stone Roses - Love Spreads
  28. The Triffids - Bury Me Deep In Love
  29. Grace Jones - Love Is The Drug
  30. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Retro Rage[edit]

  1. David Bowie - Modern Love
  2. The Go-Betweens - Streets Of Your Town
  3. R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  4. Duran Duran - Planet Earth
  5. Adam & The Ants - Stand And Deliver
  6. Divinyls - Science Fiction
  7. Blondie - Rapture
  8. The Specials feat. Rico - A Message To You Rudy
  9. De La Soul - Eye Know
  10. Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
  11. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
  12. Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It
  13. Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home
  14. Do Re Mi - Man Overboard
  15. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Deanna
  16. Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
  17. The Saints - Just Like Fire Would
  18. Jesus & Mary Chain - Sidewalking
  19. Lloyd Cole And The Commotions - Lost Weekend
  20. The Style Council - Speak Like A Child
  21. The Church - Under The Milky Way
  22. The Triffids - Wide Open Road
  23. Olivia Newton-John - Physical
  24. Fun Boy Three & Bananarama - It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It
  25. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
  26. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  27. Yazz - The Only Way Is Up
  28. Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well
  29. The Cure - The Lovecats
  30. Men At Work - Down Under

Rage: The Epic 90s[edit]

  1. Supergrass - Alright
  2. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
  3. Blind Melon - No Rain
  4. Faith No More - Epic
  5. The Living End - Prisoner Of Society
  6. Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn
  7. Hole - Doll Parts
  8. Radiohead - Karma Police
  9. Silverchair - Tomorrow
  10. Magic Dirt - Ice
  11. Jebediah - Leaving Home
  12. Pulp - Disco 2000
  13. James - Laid
  14. Ween - Push th’ Little Daisies
  15. You Am I - Jewels And Bullets
  16. Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
  17. Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy
  18. Tricky - Hell Is Around The Corner
  19. Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
  20. Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
  21. C & C Music Factory - Things That Make You Go Hmmmm....
  22. MC Hammer - U Can’t Touch This

Rage: Adults Only[edit]

  1. Duran Duran - Girls On Film
  2. Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch
  3. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
  4. Benny Benassi presents "The Biz" - Satisfaction
  5. Eric Prydz - Call On Me
  6. Armand Van Helden - My My My
  7. Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
  8. P!nk - Sober
  9. Primal Scream - Country Girl
  10. blink-182 - I Miss You
  11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control
  12. The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
  13. Fiona Apple - Criminal
  14. D'Angelo - Untitled (How Does It Feel)
  15. TLC - Red Light Special
  16. Shakira - La Tortura
  17. Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
  18. Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love
  19. Olivia Newton-John - Physical
  20. The BPA - Toe Jam Feat David Byrne & Dizzee Rascal
  21. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
  22. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
  23. Yves Klein Blue - About The Future
  24. Divinyls - I Touch Myself

20th Birthday CD and DVD[edit]

Rage released a four-disc CD and a DVD celebrating its 20th birthday on 21 May 2007.

20 Years of Rage CD[edit]

20 Years of Rage DVD[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]