August 1, 2011

Happy 30th Birthday MTV!

Before we had music videos, the song was our own.  We each had a unique "video" playing in our own mind before MTV gave us a visual of what a song should "look like".  But, I am still a fan of the old MTV back when it was all about music vs. reality shows, etc.  I could sit and watch Michael Jackson dance all day or watch Van Halen, The Pretenders, Def Lepard, Tom Petty and others.  And, even though I love Bruce, most of his videos were just plain dumb, with the exception of "Secret Garden" and maybe "Glory Days".  Sorry, buddy, but you're no actor, you're a rocker.  

Where were you 30 years ago today?  I was sitting in front of the television waiting for the clock to strike 12:00 am to finally see the much hyped new music channel "MTV".  It was the beginning of a new era and I'm still not sure if it was good for music - or not so much.

Here are the videos played (in order) during the first 24 hours of MTV:
  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 Stewart4. "You Better You Bet" by The Who"You Better You Bet" was both the 4th and 55th video to be aired on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.
  4. "Little Suzi's on the Up" by Ph.D.
  5. "We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard
  6. "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders
  7. "Time Heals" by Todd Rundgren
  8. "Take It on the Run" by REO Speedwagon
  9. "Rockin' the Paradise" by Styx
  10. "When Things Go Wrong" by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
  11. "History Never Repeats" by Split Enz
  12. "Hold on Loosely" by 38 Special
  13. "Just Between You and Me" by April Wine
  14. "Sailing" by Rod StewartStewart's "She Won't Dance with Me" was the 3rd video played; with this video, Stewart became the first artist to have two different videos played on MTV.
  15. "Iron Maiden" by Iron Maiden
  16. "Keep on Loving You (Live)" by REO Speedwagon
  17. "Bluer Than Blue" by Michael Johnson
  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 (the video never plays due to technical difficulties.)
  23. "Too Late" by Shoes
  24. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  25. "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart (15 seconds into the video, the video screen briefly goes blank while the audio still plays.)
  26. "Surface Tension" by Rupert Hine
  27. "One Step Ahead" by Split Enz
  28. "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty
  29. "I'm Gonna Follow You" by Pat Benatar
  30. "Savannah Nights" by Tom Johnston
  31. "Lucille" by Rockestra
  32. "The Best of Times" by Styx
  33. "Vengeance" by Carly Simon
  34. "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden
  35. "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" by Blotto
  36. "Passion" by Rod Stewart
  37. "Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello
  38. "Don't Let Him Go (Live)" by REO Speedwagon
  39. "Remote Control/Illegal" by The Silencers
  40. "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton
  41. "Little Sister" by Rockpile with Robert Plant
  42. "Hold On to the Night" by Bootcamp
  43. "Dreamin'" by Cliff Richard
  44. "Is It You" by Lee Ritenour
  45. "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac
  46. "He Can't Love You" by Michael Stanley Band
  47. "Tough Guys" by REO Speedwagon
  48. "Rapture" by Blondie
  49. "Don't Let Go the Coat" by The Who
  50. "Ain't Love a Bitch" by Rod Stewart
  51. "Talk of the Town" by The Pretenders
  52. "Can't Happen Here" by Rainbow
  53. "Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold
  54. "You Better You Bet" by The Who
  55. "Bring It All Home" by Gerry Rafferty
  56. "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" by April Wine
  57. "The Man with the Child in His Eyes" by Kate Bush
  58. "Message of Love" by The Pretenders
  59. "All Night Long" by Rainbow
  60. "Boys Keep Swinging" by David Bowie
  61. "Rat Race" by The Specials
  62. "Just Between You and Me" by April Wine
  63. "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  64. "Victim" by Bootcamp
  65. "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart
  66. "Cruel to Be Kind" by Nick Lowe
  67. "A Little in Love" by Cliff Richard
  68. "Take It on the Run" by REO Speedwagon
  69. "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" by .38 Special
  70. "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush
  71. "Celebrate the Bullet" by The Selecter
  72. "More Than I Can Say" by Leo Sayer
  73. "A Message to You, Rudy" by The Specials
  74. "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
  75. "Heart of Glass" by Blondie
  76. "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" by Rod Stewart
  77. "Kid" by The Pretenders
  78. "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden
  79. "Come What May" by Lani Hall and Herb Alpert
  80. "I Got You" by Split Enz
  81. "Sister Disco" by The Who
  82. "Fashion" by David Bowie
  83. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  84. "Love Stinks" by The J. Geils Band
  85. "Johnny & Mary" by Robert Palmer
  86. "Tomorrow Night" by Shoes


Erin said...

That's an awesome list...I don't think I've ever seen it before. Talk about feeling old!

Rock Brigade Blogger said...

Up here in Canada it was Muchmusic that didn’t hit the air until 1984. I have many fond memories from back in the day of the channel that was also, at the time, an all video channel. I would spend hours with the channel and its VJ’s. I rarely see as many music videos anymore. I don’t watch Muchmusic (not that there are many videos on it anymore anyway) or music video programs. Sometimes I get curious and look on Youtube but that’s it. I still listen to a lot much music. It’s fun, as you referenced, to return to that time when a music video doesn’t tell me what the song should “look like”. You kind of get lost in the music inside your own head a little more. Cheers!!

BeckEye said...

I never realized that Tesla song "Little Suzi" was a cover!!

Sam Bhattacharya said...

What an awesome list of songs and bands when MTV first aired. Those were definitely the good old days of music!

Barbara said...

Those were the good old days in many ways! I would love to take a trip back in time. My teens/20's were wildly fun, and music was always a big part of it.

Perplexio said...

Happy Birthday eMpTyV, I hardly recognize ya any more!

Seriously, I miss the days when MTV still remembered that the "M" in MTV stood for "Music." I don't recall the last time MTV really featured music. I miss those days!

I didn't get access to MTV until the mid-late 80s (around '87 or '88). We actually had VH1 in 1986before MTV from my cable provider back then.

I remember watching it quite a bit when I'd be home sick from school. Some of my fave videos back then:

George Harrison - I've Got My Mind Set On You
George Michael - Faith
Escape Club - Wild Wild West
Chicago - Stay the Night (while not their best song, it IS their best music video! Absolutely hilarious)
Chicago - You're Not Alone (the girl in the music video... ummm I was a young adolescent and she certainly caught my attention)
Kylie Minogue - The Loco-motion (one of my first celebrity crushes)
Milli Vanilli - Girl I'm Gonna Miss You (I'm embarrassed to admit this one)
Def Leppard - Love Bites
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - Parents Just Don't Understand

Barbara said...

Perplex - well said!


So many great videos. Now I go to youtube to reminisce, they still have a lot of them over there.

Jack Straw said...

Classic Rock Snob Bares His Soul…

OK, I admit it. I’m a Classic Rock snob.

But how can I not be, when there is simply no doubt that the music from the era 1965 -1976, was the pinnacle, the height of creativity, genius, and the dawning of the New Enlightenment. (Yes, I know some of you may debate the exact years the New Enlightenment began, but let’s agree that the time frame I’m suggesting, is somewhere in the ballpark.)

OK. There truly was a change in the world, somewhere around ’65 -’66, a change no less profound than the Renaissance in Italy in the 1400’s.

And just like during the Renaissance, there was a convergence of energy, creativity and free thinking that all coalesced in one point of singularity. And it culminated into the Biggest Bang, the expansion of consciousness…that created a new wave of music the world had never seen before. And hasn’t seen since.

Think about it. Even as shitty as Classic Rock stations are, playing the same group of songs over and over, the music has never died…and I don’t believe ever will.

Being the Classic Rock snob I am, all I can say is, how could this music ever die…when it is timeless, ageless, and well, classic.

Something happened in 1965-1966. Some cosmic switch got turned on in the collective consciousness of young musicians mostly here in the US and Great Britain. We went from “Help!” to “A Day In The Life”. We went from “King Of The Road” to “Purple Haze”. We went from “I Got You Babe”, to “The End”.

In my opinion, something BIG changed in that era. The psychic elements of protest, experimentation and thinking without restrictions all combined to take the tame, polite music before this time…into the mind blowing work that grabs you by the balls and doesn’t let go.

I mean, think about what us Baby Boomers got to do any time we wanted. We could go into the local record store/head shop (do they still have head shops any more?) and browse through the new albums that came out that week. It still makes me ache with nostalgia to think that because I only had $9.00, I had to limit my purchases to the three albums you could get for nine bucks.

I used to wander around the store, (getting distracted by the new bongs and pipes) then focusing on whether I was going to buy the new releases from the Stones, the Who, the Doors, Tull, The Allman Brothers, The Dead, the Band, the Airplane, Janis, Jimi, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Dylan, Creedence, Yes…and on and on and on.

Sigh. As I’m writing this, I can see myself and my buddies shopping for over an hour, grinding out the agonizing, excruciating process of elimination, whittling down the purchase, album by painful album. Then seeing my buddies’ choices, now wondering if I made a mistake, and re-thinking my final decision on the new Who album, maybe switching it for the new Tull. What a confusing activity. Then, of course, once I got home, and waited for my parents to go to work, so I could use my Dad’s portable record player, the one with the 33 stem, and the fat 45 adapter, to hear my new choices over and over and over.
(Always having some level of buyers’ remorse, when I heard a tune on the underground FM station at 2 am, from an album I didn’t buy…wondering if I should have bought it instead.)

And to be honest, with as killer as the music was (is), part of my enjoyment was knowing that the “Man”, the “Establishment”, and my parents and all their friends, fucking HATED this wonderful and liberating music.

So, yes, I am a Classic Rock snob, and I won’t apologize for it. You younger kids who have picked up on it, welcome to our world. To those of you haven’t yet joined us, please do. We all need to rock more and worry less!

Jack Straw

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