Aroview: Following on from the excellent chronicle of Australian rock, LONG WAY TO THE TOP, this five-part sister series from the ABC traces the history of Australian pop music in all its kitsch splendour. Like its predecessor, it interweaves some fabulous retro footage with talking head hindsight. Narrated by Toni Collette.
The complete series is available on three discs, which includes many extra interviews.
Disc 1: Ep. 1 "Last Gig on Earth" features influential international pop acts who toured Australia; Ep. 2 "She's Leaving Home" (feat. Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy, Rene Geyer, etc.)
Disc 3: Ep. 4 "I Should Be So Lucky" (feat. Kylie Minogue, Little River Band, Savage Garden, Crowded House, etc.); Ep. 5 "The National Anthems" celebrates some of Australia's best-remembered pop songs.
A separate disc "Party Mix" is also available, featuring 20 pop clips and performances from the likes of Sherbet, Air Supply, Rick Springfield, Marcia Hines, Men at Work, Hunters and Collectors, plus Kiwis like Dragon and Split Enz.