'We kept playing 'Mamma Mia' and then we forced them to release it as a single – and Benny, Bjorn and the girls have been very grateful for that.'
– Molly Meldrum on Countdown's role in fostering ABBA-mania
About this video
Watch Countdown's influential presenter Ian 'Molly' Meldrum in conversation with Myf Warhurst about the legacy of Countdown.
Molly recounts his 'crazy, crazy' years on ABC TV's renowned pop music show, which broadcast weekly from 1974 to 1987.
He namechecks some of the acts that most impressed him, reflects on changes in the music and entertainment industries since the 1980s and speculates on whether a music show today could have widespread influence like Countdown did in its time.
Molly reminisces about the Countdown Awards, held shortly after the final episode aired and captured for posterity in Rennie Ellis' photographs of the event.
This video was recorded at the free event Countdown: 30 years on at State Library Victoria on 19 July 2017.
Please note: this recording contains expletives.
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum: Countdown presenter
Myf Warhurst: radio announcer and TV presenter