August 13, 2010 9:52 PM   Subscribe

This thing converts episodes of ABC TV's music video program, rage, into excruciatingly minimalist youtube playlists.
posted by plant (12 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief on August 19, 2010: rage YT playlists: for Australians (and other folks) who don't hate music

This is cool! raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaageeee!
posted by gomichild at 3:22 AM on August 14, 2010

posted by goshling at 3:32 AM on August 14, 2010

I just watched a Cody Simpson video featuring Flo Rida. My life is not better for this.

It's a neat interface, but since I don't know what the show is (and their website isn't helpful in this regard) I have no idea what I am supposed to be seeing. For those in the know I am sure this is cool.

It's a better playlist interface than most I've seen.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:34 AM on August 15, 2010

since I don't know what the show is (and their website isn't helpful in this regard)

Did you try the about link?
posted by zamboni at 2:23 PM on August 16, 2010

Nope. You have to admit if you just visit the main page it's not obvious what they have going on.

I think I stand by my comment though. If you're a fan of the show this is probably cooler than it is if you just hit the playlists.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:05 PM on August 16, 2010

Its pretty much what you see is what you get.

Music videos, played overnight, from 10pm/midnight~ish - 6am/9am~ish
On Australian ABC which is government run.
So - wide ranging clips from all possible genres, full & uncensored & without ads.

Sometimes the videos are interupted with introductions by celebrity guest programmers mentioning why they like a particular song/video.

The Poster here, I think, has somehow worked some awesome magic to pull up a playlist from the ABC Rage website & the pull in the videos for the playlist, which is amazingly impressive.

Rage has been running for what - 25 years? more? (I have the 25 year anniversary CD set) and this is going to ring a clear & strong to Australians of a broad age range - hell, gomichild hasn't lived in Australia for 14/15 years and it resounded for her.
My 16yo daughter now watches Rage.

I have a great deal of respect for cjorgensen, but dude, I have to say, if you don't get what this project is about, maybe just move on without saying "My life is not better for this." because this is huge nostalgic blast of FUCKING AWESOME for Australians.
posted by goshling at 9:04 AM on August 17, 2010

I just checked my CD and it's the 20th anniversary from 2007.

Rage covers so many genres, and everyone watched Rage. Often you'd get home from a gig & Rage would play a block of whoever was touring, which was always great for keeping one on a high of excitement.
Gomichild hasn't even lived in Australia for what.. 14? 15? years and she has commented excitedly on this, even quoting the catchphrase of a show she hasn't even seen for a decade and a half.
Rage is a show that crosses genres & cultures & is a an icon for Australians & those who have spent much time here. And all it is is music videos strung together, often quite randomly.
posted by goshling at 9:30 AM on August 17, 2010

I meant I could have gone without seeing that video. It was full of stupid.

I was making no judgement on the project itself. Like I said the interface was cool. The reason I said I didn't get what was going on was because I didn't get what was going on. I'd never heard of this show, and even after glancing through the About I had no idea of the significance. I wasn't crapping on the project.

Sounds like Rage is more-or-less the Australian version of the US's Night Flight.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:42 AM on August 17, 2010

plant: the more I play with this the more I love it, I dunno about the random dates & the choose your own, it's a bit odd & I am lazy. If you could add more clickable dates that would be awesome, and maybe being able to navigate back & forth?
Thus is still the fuckingest awesomest thing I've see since I was introduced to the internet in 1993.
posted by goshling at 10:03 AM on August 17, 2010

goshling, the original plan was to convert the entire playlist archive, every episode back to 1998, but I kind of got bored with it before I got that far. If I get a sudden burst of motivation it may still happen - the main obstacle is finding a workable design for the front page, and I suck at designing stuff. If I do it, I'll definitely pull in the guest programmer/special details, which gives you a lot more to go on when you're picking an episode.

cjorgensen, to be honest I'm relying on the target audience (Australians who don't hate music) to already have a strong positive association with rage. WIthout that, this is just an odd way to watch a bunch of assorted music videos. So, yeah, if I spend more time on this I'll try to make it a bit clearer why this thing even exists, but I wouldn't really expect people who don't already know what it is to be all that interested.
posted by plant at 8:01 PM on August 17, 2010

Great! This will become my goto party mix.
posted by dr. moot at 1:51 PM on August 29, 2010

Wow. I stopped watching rage in my early twenties when I started working in bars and clubs. I am now in my mid-thirties and I have known for some time that music is really missing from my life. I have a box of mostly ripped CDs from the late 90s in my wardrobe. I have no stereo, no radio. I do have an iPod but I have NO music on it because I don't know what music I like anymore.

I've known for years that the problem for me was not watching rage regularly and not hearing and seeing what was out there.

I can't watch rage now because I fall asleep before it comes on and I think it's repeated on ABC2 in the afternoons but I'm out and about and don't want to sit inside watching TV all afternoon on sunny days.

This project is going to give me a way to get music back into my life. So thanks for that. It's an amazing gift.
posted by evil_esto at 11:42 PM on September 10, 2010

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