Perhaps one of the greatest (no fuck it, let’s just say the greatest) things in Australian pop culture is Rage. Every single person in Australia should know what Rage is, and if they don’t, then there is something seriously wrong with them, and we cannot be friends. For all my Dear Readers from abroad, let me give you the lowdown.
Rage is a music television program that has been running in Australia since 1987, and unlike MTV, still actually fucking airs music videos instead of Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, and whatever other pieces of shit that MTV has on. The opening credits of the show are now iconic, and I’m sure for a lot of Australians, when they here the song Real Wild Child by Iggy Pop, they automatically just think of it as “the Rage song”.
For anyone not from our sunburnt country, you really can’t understand the impact that Rage has had on us. It’s a show that primarily airs really, really late on Friday and Saturday nights, and for most of us, especially when we’re teenagers, it’s a rite of passage to put Rage on, and stay awake as late as humanly possible, just drinking it all in. It’s ritualistic, it’s beautiful, it’s EVERYTHING. Rage can also lead a lot of us to experience something I like to call “Rage Syndrome”, a condition where you cannot turn the show off, no matter how much you know you should. A music video you like comes on, you say to yourself, “I love this, I hope the next one’s good too”. Or worse, a video you either hate or are completely disinterested in comes on, and you say “the next one might be good, it’s OK”. Before you know it, you’re sitting there, covered in your own drool with bloodshot eyes, saying those same four words over and over again… “Just one more song. Just one more song. Just one more song…”
Now, the way the show breaks down is like this. Friday nights are when they show the new release music videos. Saturday night, is the real fun night, though. Saturday night is when Rage has a quest programmer, who chooses their favourite music videos, and talk about their choices. Every single week, a litany of amazing artists from all around the world park their arses on the infamous Rage couch to guest program. We’re talking about artists and bands like Marilyn Manson, Placebo, Moby, Bob Geldof, Elvis Costello, Chris Isaak, Foo Fighters, Fatboy Slim, Kiss, Metallica, The Polyphonic Spree, Scissor Sisters, Jarvis Cocker, Ween. The list goes on. But now, we may have the greatest pair of guest programmers the show has ever seen.
If Rage is the most important piece of Australian pop culture, then Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton have to be the second most important. Margaret and David have been reviewing movies as a team since 1986, beginning with The Movie Show on SBS until they moved to ABC in 2004 to host At The Movies. They are icons, and are loved by any and all Australians who aren’t total fucking morons. And now, these two legends are going to be guest programming Rage.
You might ask, “Duke, these guys are movie reviewers, they’re not musicians. What could they possibly be doing on the show?” Well, Dear Reader, according to the Rage website:
It’s amazing how many music videos have been directed by well-known filmmakers from all around the world. This weekend Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton from At The Movies will be joining us for a very special Auteur edition of rage.
Over the course of the night you’ll see music videos from some of the most highly acclaimed Directors in the world including David Fincher, Kriv Stenders, Martin Scorsese, Michel Gondry, Anton Corbjin, James Cameron, Lasse Hallström, Lars Von Trier, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Brian De Palma, Guy Ritchie, Phillip Noyce, David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, John Badham, Richard Lowenstein, Tim Burton, The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, David LaChapelle, Derek Jarman, Kimble Rendall, Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek, Tony Scott and Alex Proyas.
This may be one of the most exciting events to ever happen on Australian television.
So to my Australian friends, I strongly suggest you tune in this Saturday, the 16th of February, and watch the fuck out of this, because it is going to be unbelievable. For the rest of the world, find a way to watch it, you will not regret it.