Ollie Olsen To Guest Program 'Rage' This Weekend

29 November 2023 | 9:25 am | Mary Varvaris

Ollie Olsen will bring a whirlwind of archive footage and promote some of his favourite acts when he takes over 'rage'.

Ollie Olsen on 'rage'

Ollie Olsen on 'rage' (Source: Facebook/@rageabc)

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Australian composer, multi-instrumentalist and post-punk icon Ollie Olsen will guest program rage this weekend, bringing a whirlwind of archive footage and promoting some of his favourite acts.

From 1978 until 1990, Olsen played a significant role in forming and playing in the bands Whirlywirld, Orchestra Of Skin And Bone, No, and, of course, his collaborative project with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, Max Q. Olsen is also known for his work as music director for the Australian cult film Dogs In Space, directed by Richard Lowenstein.

To celebrate his work on Dogs In Space, rage will air two new music videos from the film’s soundtrack directed by Lowenstein, featuring Olsen’s contributions.

Significantly, Olsen’s guest programming slot on rage runs into the morning of 3 December, which is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In 2020, Olsen received the rare diagnosis of multiple system atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disorder.

Since the diagnosis came to light, the Australian music industry has rallied around the composer to help raise funds for his ongoing medical expenses, launching a GoFundMe campaign that has raised over $30,000. Olsen’s condition continues to deteriorate as there is no known cure.

Earlier this year, Adalita (Magic Dirt), Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and Andrew Duffield (Models) joined forces for a good cause, covering the Michael Hutchence classic Rooms For The Memory to raise funds for Olsen.

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Upon hearing the new version of Rooms For The Memory, Olsen remarked that he was moved to tears by the tribute. Adalita added, “It was a real honour and an absolute pleasure to be part of this recording.”

Olsen recently spent time in the hospital, with his family posting on social media that he wasn’t doing well and thanked his fans and the broader community for their support.

As well as celebrating his achievements, Olsen’s guest programming slot on rage will also find him playing music videos by Primitive Calculators, Models, The Saints, and many more.

Ollie Olsen guest programs rage

This week’s iconic guest programmer is none other than Australian multi-instrumentalist and composer Ollie Olsen. Ollie was an instrumental figure (pun intended) in the development of the Australian post-punk movement during the 1970s and 80s. He helped to form and performed in bands including Whirlywirld (1978–80), Orchestra of Skin and Bone (1984–86), No (1987–89), and Max Q (1989-90) with the late Michael Hutchence. The artist is also well known for his role as music director for Richard Lowenstein's cult Australian film Dogs In Space. As a special feature for this weekend’s show, rage will be playing two new music videos from the Dogs In Space soundtrack directed by Richard, which feature Ollie’s work. In 2020, Ollie was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy (MSA), a rare neurodegenerative disorder to which there is no known cure. The outpour of support for him and his family has been significant, with the local music industry rallying behind the musician to help cover costs for essential treatment and ongoing care. Ollie’s appearance on the show this week also runs into the morning of December 3rd, which is universally known as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Join Ollie this weekend as he shares the many priceless memories he has gathered from a lifetime of revolutionising Australia’s sonic presence. Catch Ollie Olsen guest programming rage this Saturday from 10:30am and midnight on ABC TV. #IDPwD23

Posted by rage on Monday, November 27, 2023