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MTV Anniversary (August 1, 1981)
HIstory ^ | August 1, 2014 | beaversmom

Posted on 07/31/2014 10:52:24 PM PDT by beaversmom

On this day in 1981, MTV: Music Television goes on the air for the first time ever, with the words (spoken by one of MTV’s creators, John Lack): “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to air on the new cable television channel, which initially was available only to households in parts of New Jersey. MTV went on to revolutionize the music industry and become an influential source of pop culture and entertainment in the United States and other parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and Latin America, which all have MTV-branded channels.

In MTV’s early days, its programming consisted of basic music videos that were introduced by VJs (video jockeys) and provided for free by record companies. As the record industry recognized MTV’s value as a promotional vehicle, money was invested in making creative, cutting-edge videos. Some directors, including Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Three Kings) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), worked on music videos before segueing into feature films. In the 1980s, MTV was instrumental in promoting the careers of performers such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince and Duran Duran, whose videos played in heavy rotation.

By the late 1980s, MTV started airing non-video programming, geared toward teenagers and young adults. Its popular reality series The Real World launched in 1992 and was followed by such highly rated shows as The Osbournes, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, Laguna Beach, My Super Sweet 16 and The Hills. MTV also debuted animated series including Beavis and Butthead and Celebrity Deathmatch, as well as documentaries, news, game shows and public service campaigns on topics ranging from voting rights to safe sex. MTV developed a reputation for pushing cultural boundaries and taste; the airing of Madonna’s 1989 “Like a Prayer” video is just one famous example. In 1984, the channel launched the MTV Music Video Awards, which were followed in 1992 by the MTV Movie Awards. Today, MTV’s music-video programming is largely confined to one show, Total Request Live.


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I thought I would post this. I was reminded by a FRiend that today...well today in certain parts of the country, but not quite August 1st where I am...is the anniversary of MTV's launch. I watched MTV a lot as a teen. So much so that my dad had cable removed for a time. Oh was I angry about that. The only thing I could compare it to would be taking away my Free Republic now. :)

I don't consider MTV after a certain point in time as real MTV. They went weird and were not related to music at all...or very little. I'm talking about the original line up of VJs, J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman, and Alan Hunter, and all the wonderful new music that came out in the 80s. That part of my teen years was a great time, from about 1982 to 1985, and I recall it fondly.

1 posted on 07/31/2014 10:52:24 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Yes, I can remember when they actually showed music videos.


2 posted on 07/31/2014 10:54:00 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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Very first video:

Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwuy4hHO3YQ


3 posted on 07/31/2014 10:55:47 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Rap got “equal time” and MTV became crap.


4 posted on 07/31/2014 10:59:45 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: beaversmom

I liked it in the early 80s.


5 posted on 07/31/2014 10:59:52 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Salamander

Yes, that was definitely part of the decline.


6 posted on 07/31/2014 11:00:23 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

“The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to air on the new cable television channel”

And the second video played was Pat Benetar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”

I gave up on MTV almost 20 years aqo. I realize that I’m not their target demographic, so it’s probably a good thing. My favorite non-music programs were Beavis and Butthead, Liquid Television, and MTV’s Oddities (especially “The MAXX” - that was just plain awesome).


7 posted on 07/31/2014 11:01:00 PM PDT by DemforBush (Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco.)
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To: DemforBush

I remember Beavis and Butthead and The MAXX sounds familiar...also animated?

You made me think of this:

Joe’s Apartment (Original MTV Short)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj3ra_B1PVU


8 posted on 07/31/2014 11:07:29 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Today’s version of VKTRS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk4_SMI0jVc


9 posted on 07/31/2014 11:09:57 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Stop the Stupid!)
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To: DemforBush

Found this. Seems kind of familiar:
The Maxx (Opening)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N61dlbDfnSo


10 posted on 07/31/2014 11:14:05 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: DemforBush

I think the 3rd was “White Wedding”.


11 posted on 07/31/2014 11:16:58 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: DemforBush

I loved The MAXX.

For years I hunted until I found a crummy DVD copy on eBay.

Night Flight was good, too.

I grew up on Midnight Special and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.

Hard acts to follow.


12 posted on 07/31/2014 11:18:36 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: beaversmom

I still have a t-shirt of the MTV birthday stored in the attic. My early HS years. Later, I quite liked ‘120 Minutes’. Now, I have it blocked on our TV. Ironic, huh?


13 posted on 07/31/2014 11:19:04 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Illegals Are Getting Flat Screet TV's....NOT TB Screenings!)
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To: DemforBush

Well, MTV’s not *totally* useless.

http://www.mtv.com/shows/the_maxx/video.jhtml


14 posted on 07/31/2014 11:20:35 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: beaversmom

Remember this one?

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Avvh5H-EPWU


15 posted on 07/31/2014 11:21:22 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Illegals Are Getting Flat Screet TV's....NOT TB Screenings!)
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To: beaversmom

You know you are getting old.....

.....if you can remember when MTV had music.


16 posted on 07/31/2014 11:24:25 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Salamander

And they played those suckers to death, too.

Eye of the Tiger, Jessie’s Girl....

OMG


17 posted on 07/31/2014 11:26:22 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Have to pull up on phone. Couldn’t pull up computer.

M - Pop Muzik (12” Mix) (HD 16:9)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnH1ChxE7ZI

I do remember this one. :)


18 posted on 07/31/2014 11:28:33 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

19 posted on 07/31/2014 11:30:35 PM PDT by South40 (Hillary Clinton was a "great secretary of state". - Texas Governor Rick Perry)
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To: Salamander; DemforBush

I think Billy Idol was a year later. Here is a rundown of the first 10 videos:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/mtv-first-aired-music-videos_n_3690085.html


20 posted on 07/31/2014 11:32:58 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Ezekiel
And they played those suckers to death, too.

Some of the worst songs were the ones they played the most, like 99 Luftballons.

But I go out to YouTube every once in a while and listen to a song from this era, and almost invariably there is some kid posting that the 80s was a golden age compared to now, and that music stinks today.

21 posted on 07/31/2014 11:38:26 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Ezekiel

“Money For Nothing” still makes my hackles rise.


22 posted on 07/31/2014 11:38:39 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: beaversmom

Thanks!

“Brass in Pocket” is another one that gives me hives.


23 posted on 07/31/2014 11:40:08 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander

Lol...why does it give you hives?


24 posted on 07/31/2014 11:40:59 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Vince Ferrer

99 Luftballons in both languages.

[I secretly loved Falco, rest his soul]

Anybody else remember “Send Me An Angel” by Real Life?


25 posted on 07/31/2014 11:42:03 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: beaversmom

Bless her heart, she always looks like she has fleas or something.


26 posted on 07/31/2014 11:42:39 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I came across a modern, live version of Nena doing 99 luftballoons (2010). She looks wonderful still. Here it is:
P.S. I see that a lot, too, from the younger ones. A lot of kids like the 80s. Kinda nice to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LinLKMakGgM


27 posted on 07/31/2014 11:43:27 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Vince Ferrer

Ahhhhhhh....COME ON, EILENE!


28 posted on 07/31/2014 11:44:06 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander
Anybody else remember “Send Me An Angel” by Real Life?

My FRiend reminded me of that one a few weeks ago. Really lovely. We found out that it gets falsely attributed to the Pet Shop boys a lot.

29 posted on 07/31/2014 11:45:08 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Salamander
Bless her heart, she always looks like she has fleas or something.

Lol...you crack me up.

30 posted on 07/31/2014 11:45:50 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Well, ya know.....


31 posted on 07/31/2014 11:46:13 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander

Now Dexy’s Midnight Runners looked they had fleas! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc-P8oDuS0Q


32 posted on 07/31/2014 11:46:49 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Some call me “Maurice”...


33 posted on 07/31/2014 11:47:10 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: beaversmom

There’s an extended version, song and video.

And yes, they’re on my iPods...:D

[Pet Shops Boys? One hit wonders West End Girls? Pffft!]


34 posted on 07/31/2014 11:48:39 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: beaversmom

Most of the original DJs are now on SiriusXM

decent shows

I liked the early days....Kari Wuhrer in the basement

Up thru Grunge then it went black


35 posted on 07/31/2014 11:49:15 PM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take backour way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: Salamander

I was reminded of this one several days ago for some reason. It came out in 1980 and then they redid it later on in the decade:

The Korgis - everybody’s got to learn sometime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOqXy64-hTw


36 posted on 07/31/2014 11:49:19 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

No...they looked like they had mange mites.

:D


37 posted on 07/31/2014 11:49:47 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander
“Money For Nothing” still makes my hackles rise.

The only way I survived the 80s was to dive to the radio and turn the dial every time "Every Breath You Take" by the Police came on, which for about a year was every ten minutes.

38 posted on 07/31/2014 11:51:15 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Salamander
This thread is picking up steam!

I WANT CANDY!!!

39 posted on 07/31/2014 11:51:39 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: wardaddy

Thanks for the update. Saw a neat picture of Martha Quinn with Steve Perry the other day. She still looks great. It was a touching story. I’ll have to try to find it and post it here.

I liked J.J. Jackson. Boy did he have a thing for Stevie Nicks...I guess along with most men on the planet. :)


40 posted on 07/31/2014 11:51:46 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

The Day the Music Died.


41 posted on 07/31/2014 11:52:10 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Salamander
No...they looked like they had mange mites. :D

I'm sorry! I'm getting my parasites mixed up! lol You're right. You're right.

42 posted on 07/31/2014 11:52:59 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

But where *is* all you angels??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FrJltETBxI


43 posted on 07/31/2014 11:53:28 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Oh, yeah.

Psycho stalker song everybody plays at their wedding because they don’t pay attention to the lyrical context.

Brilliant!


44 posted on 07/31/2014 11:54:53 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Ezekiel

I know what boys want....

;D


45 posted on 07/31/2014 11:55:27 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: wardaddy; All

Here’s that story about Steve Perry, WD, in case you hadn’t seen it...along with a nice picture of him and Martha Quinn:

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/80s/steve-perry-reveals-the-love-of-his-lifetime-and-explains-his-run-in-with/2125435


46 posted on 07/31/2014 11:55:37 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

It’s those fauxhawks.

Demodex stylin’.

:D


47 posted on 07/31/2014 11:56:33 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander

I guess it was better than “Don’t stand so close to me.”


48 posted on 07/31/2014 11:56:59 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Salamander

Did you see the Duran Duran story the other day on here?
I don’t know if I remember that song of theirs that you posted. I’ll have to go back and hear more of it.


49 posted on 07/31/2014 11:57:20 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Vince Ferrer

“Music to bash your head against the wall by”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY6QdyFZ99c


50 posted on 07/31/2014 11:58:44 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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