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i wanted my MTV


On this date in 1981, MTV made its debut. This was the playlist of the first day.

Why in the hell did we ever think this was cool, if this was what they played at first? All that REO Speedwagon should have made us run away, and fast. Sure, Blotto and Iron Maiden are cool, but Juice Newton? Andrew Gold? The only reason I can fathom being so excited about the start of MTV is I was stoned and not thinking straight.

Yes, they got better. The channel had some cool shows in its time – Remote Control, Headbangers Ball, 120 Minutes, Yo, MTV Raps, to name a few. And they did bring us The Young Ones and Liquid Television, Sifl and Olly and Beavis and Butthead. But does any of that make up for My Super Sweet Sixteen, The Hills or TRL?

1. “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles
2. “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar
3. “She Won’t Dance With Me” by Rod Stewart
4. “You Better You Bet” by The Who
5. “Little Suzi’s on the Up” by Ph.D.
6. “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Cliff Richard
7. “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders
8. “Time Heals” by Todd Rundgren
9. “Take It On the Run” by REO Speedwagon
10. “Rockin’ the Paradise” by Styx
11. “When Things Go Wrong” by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
12. “History Never Repeats” by Split Enz
13. “Hold On Loosely” by 38 Special
14. “Just Between You and Me” by April Wine
15. “Sailing” by Rod Stewart
16. “Iron Maiden” by Iron Maiden
17. “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon
18. “Message of Love” by The Pretenders
19. “Mr. Briefcase” by Lee Ritenour
20. “Double Life” by The Cars
21. “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
22. “Looking For Clues” by Robert Palmer
23. “Too Late” by Shoes
24. “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
25. “Surface Tension” by Rupert Hine
26. “One Step Ahead” by Split Enz
27. “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty
28. “I’m Gonna Follow You” by Pat Benatar
29. “Savannah Nights” by Tom Johnston
30. “Lucille” by Rockestra
31. “The Best of Times” by Styx
32. “Vengeance” by Carly Simon
33. “Wrathchild” by Iron Maiden
34. “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” by Blotto
35. “Passion” by Rod Stewart
36. “Oliver’s Army” by Elvis Costello
37. “Don’t Let Him Go” by REO Speedwagon
38. “Remote Control/Illegal” by The Silencers
39. “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton
40. “Little Sister” by Rockpile with Robert Plant
41. “Hold On to the Night” by Bootcamp
42. “Dreaming” by Cliff Richard
43. “Is it You?” by Lee Ritenour
44. “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac
45. “He Can’t Love You” by Michael Stanley Band
46. “Tough Guys” by REO Speedwagon
47. “Rapture” by Blondie
48. “Don’t Let Go the Coat” by The Who
49. “Ain’t Love a Bitch” by Rod Stewart
50. “Talk of the Town” by The Pretenders
51. “Can’t Happen Here” by Rainbow
52. “Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold
53. “Bring It All Home” by Gerry Rafferty
54. “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” by April Wine
55. “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” by Kate Bush
56. “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie
57. “Just Between You and Me” by April Wine
58. “Rat Race” by The Specials
59. “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads
60. “Victim” by Bootcamp
61. “Tonight’s the Night” by Rod Stewart
62. “Cruel to Be Kind” by Nick Lowe

Seriously, that’s a few good songs mixed in with a boatload of crap. Hey, at least they played music.

Here is where we have a discussion about how much better MTV was when the “M” stood for Music. Or where you profess your undying love for Martha Quinn.

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stick a fork in her

To lighten things up around here, let’s all sit back and stare at the living trainwreck known as Britney Spears.

Who are her people and why did they let her do this? I am inclined to feel almost sorry for her. The look on her face in some parts is painful, like she knows her last Pac-Man guy has died and it’s making that noise and she’s out of quarters.

On a side note: My god, I can’t stand Sarah Silverman.

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spending 120 minutes on 120 minutes

Via MeFi: An aggregation of all the videos that appeared on MTV’s 120 Minutes.

How many times do we say, gee remember when MTV used to show videos? Well, not only did they show videos, but they showed cool videos. Artists and songs that were outside the realm of mainstream, outside the little box of “popular” that MTV threw at us all day long. Artists like Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and XTC and Julianna Hatfield. Then there are well known bands, with videos that never really got played outside of this show. Faith No More’s Evidence. The Cure’s Letter to Elise.

Most of these videos are from YouTube. I give the guy who made this site tons of credit for the time he must have spent gathering all these videos in one place. But I curse him for making me sit at my computer all morning watching these videos and reliving the days when a band like Husker Du got some airplay, even if it was on a niche program.

Have fun.

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i used to want my mtv

26 years ago today, MTV debuted.

26 years. Damn.

I suppose I could get into a rant here about how MTV used to be about music and videos and now it’s nothing but spoiled teenage brats and rich people showing off their bling and all kinds of shows that make me say “less talk, more rock!” But eh. It’s not like I really watch videos, anyhow. Or MTV. So I don’t have a dog in this race.

Besides, life is cyclical. Things change. You can’t expect everything to remain the way it was when you liked it the most. While that would be great – Chips Ahoy cookies would still be big and they’d still let you play dodge ball in school and video games wouldn’t have 20 minute cut scenes – it’s unrealistic. Today’s kids know the current MTV. And this is how they like it. If they suddenly started playing videos all the time, you’d have a whole crop of teenagers complaining that their favorite programs are gone and MTV sucks.

The internet has made that all unnecessary anyhow. You want to see Tony Hawk’s house or a car turned into a pimpmobile? Watch MTV. You want to see your favorite video? Go to Youtube.

While I no longer care about MTV, I am grateful for the quality programming it brought my way during the 26 years of its existence: Remote Control, Sifl and Olly, Headbanger’s Ball, 120 Minutes, Yo! MTV Raps, The State, Young Ones, 2ge+her, Clone High, The Maxx……there were some good shows interspersed among the videos.

Yes, the videos. The glory days of sitting in front of my tv, wasting away my life by watching some crappy bands make an attempt at creativity. I cherish these moments.


I know the song sucks worse than Mr. T’s wrestling skills, but the video is like everything awesome about the 80’s wrapped up in one crazy little movie. If it only had a cameo by Robert Smith, it would be perfect.

What are your favorite MTV moments?

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