I’ve written fondly of my childhood love for MTV. I was not cynical enough at 10 to realize that music video’s emphasis on good looking performers would prove to be the downfall of pop music.
No when I was 10, having a channel all to myself was thrilling. I could watch music videos all day long. And I did. Through MTV I found a lot of cool New Wave acts. I fell in love with Duran Duran and Culture Club and Adam and The Ants. The Go-Gos, Missing Persons, A Flock of Seagulls, which all the cool kids dubbed A.F.O.S.
Hey, remember the MTV ditty?
So, if, like me, you were an excited youngster watching cable television on August 1, 1981, and the names Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson (RIP), Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, and Nina Blackwood are forever linked with your youth, you might like to relive MTV’s first 24 hours on the air.
And now you can here at the channel’s official web site. Hard to believe so few performers made videos back then, MTV had to air the same handful of artists over and over.
If you were watching since the first day — and even if you weren’t — share your MTV memories here.
One of my childhood heroes, Boy George, will be sent to prison for 15 months for handcuffing a male prostitute to a wall in his London apartment.
This really bums me out. Boy George, 47, should be a billionaire, living in an English castle, resting on the laurels of consistently giving us great pop music in the 1980s –okay, the “War Song” sucked, but I liked it –as well as challenging gender stereotypes and making a generation of gay kids feel hip.
It’s unbelievable to me that one of the most original talents to come out of the British pop scene is going to be sitting in a cell for the next year and a half. What the hell is wrong with him?
If you were a pre-teen back in 1984, you swooned every time the Band Aid video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” video came on MTV, which, if I remember correctly, was about once every hour.
Let’s relive every British bleached mullety minute:
Sad that the song is still relevant, isn’t it? Feed the world, indeed.