So cold it’s cool

Play­ing the songs that oth­ers have ig­nored prom­ises to be a daggy af­fair

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WITH nos­tal­gia shows such as Hey Hey it’s Satur­day re­unions and 20 to 1 count­downs lit­ter­ing the small screen, it’s time for ra­dio to get in on the flash­back act.

Vol­un­teer stu­dent sta­tion SYN FM 90.7 is hold­ing its first Cold­est 100 Count­down, mock­ing Triple J’s an­nual Hottest 100 that airs ev­ery Aus­tralia Day.

In­stead of play­ing lis­ten­ers’ favourite tracks of the past year, SYN FM wants votes for the for­got­ten songs rarely played on the air­waves.

The top tunes will be charted from 9am on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

As with many great ideas, the Cold­est 100 was born at the pub.

‘‘They were play­ing some songs I hadn’t heard in a long time and that’s how we came up with the idea,’’ says Leon Sjo­gren, who’ll pro­duce and host the count­down with friend and SYN col­league Jackie Do­ran.

‘‘We orig­i­nally thought it would make a sketch, but a lot of peo­ple we spoke to said it would be great as a full count­down.

‘‘There will be a lot of daggy songs in there, but also awe­some ones you don’t hear on the ra­dio any more.’’

Early vot­ing has un­earthed gems such as OMC’s How Bizarre and for­mer Bea­tle Ge­orge Har­ri­son’s 1988 ver­sion of Got My Mind Set on You.

The count­down will fea­ture in­ter­views with mem­bers of past and present Aussie bands such as Taxi Ride, Cus­tard and Re­gur­gi­ta­tor as songs from those acts also notch votes.

Sjo­gren, 21, and Do­ran, 23, work at SYN and Chan­nel 31and ca­su­ally at Aus­tereo, with the hope of land­ing full-time pre­sent­ing or pro­duc­ing gigs on ra­dio.

They say the Cold­est 100 of­fers a day of mu­sic that hasn’t been force-fed to lis­ten­ers all year.

‘‘Last year, Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire topped Triple J’s count­down,’’ Do­ran says.

‘‘I hate that song. I heard it ev­ery 15 min­utes. Last year’s Hottest 100 was very com­mer­cial. It was the most com­mer­cial one yet.’’

Sjo­gren says: ‘‘With every­one hav­ing iPods th­ese days, peo­ple like to hear mu­sic they choose them­selves and not what’s fed to them. I sup­pose this will be a way to re­mind peo­ple of songs they haven’t heard for a while.’’ The pair’s per­sonal faves? Do­ran is hop­ing her name­sake song, Jack, Jack, Jackie by Joanne finds a spot in the top 100. Sjo­gren’s pick is White Town’s 1997 one-hit won­der Your Woman.

Now hear this: Jackie Do­ran (left) and Leon Sjo­gren came up with the idea at the pub.

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