'Rage' Memories with Nina Las Vegas
We ask the DJ/Triple J presenter about her memories of the show ahead of the 'rage' exhibition opening tomorrow at Carriageworks.
rage — Celebrating 25 Years opens tomorrow night at Carriageworks as part of Vivid Sydney. It's an exhibition dedicated to the late night music video show which was a constant in the teenage years of many a young Australian adult. There's definitely something nostalgic about it — it's likely that a listen to the theme song will take you back to the days of yore e.g. getting tipsy in suburban garages and having your small confused mind blown by this cool new band called Radiohead. Ahead of the exhibition opening, we decided to ask some of our friends to tell us about their rage memories and what rage means to them now. First up, we take a trip down memory lane with Triple J presenter/DJ Nina Las Vegas:
In early high school, I can remember rage being the perfect late night sleepover entertainment, especially when all the early morning videos came on! There's no better way to feel rebellious than a group of well-behaved girls watching ‘M’ content, right?
I'll happily admit that I'm an 80s baby who obsessed more over Dave Grohl than Kurt Cobain (I blame having no older siblings for this one), and I remember staying up, taping and re-watching Dave and Franz (I think) over and over.
When I was old enough to discover music outside my dad's record collection, I started hearing new sounds through all the boys in my music class. Staying up to watch Pantera guest host in 2001 is a perfect example of how impressionable I was. I don't think I've ever needed to do that again.
When I first started at Triple J, I stumbled across a bounded book which had listed all the video clips EVER made. I saw a few of those in the early years of my time at the ABC, often with artist’s names on the front. I'd green out at everything back then, so touching a book that Lily Allen or Andre 3000 had once touched felt pretty damn cool.
Lately I've been relying on rage for late night 'random hotel' company. I need to wind down after a gig and regardless of where I am and which hotel I've found myself walking into around 2am-ish, I always know that rage will be on. And as soon as they start making sense, it usually means I’ve sobered up enough to go to bed and avoid a hangover the next day.
rage — Celebrating 25 Years will run from June 6-17. Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney.
Introduction: Ingrid Kesa
Words: Nina Las Vegas
Photo: Carine Thévenau