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Relive the first 24 hours of MTV

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.

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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.

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Let’s remember the Band Aid video

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.

Simon Le Bon’s 50th birthday

In other birthday news, Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran, turned 50 yesterday. Yes, 50.

Bravo to you, Simon.

This one’s for my Duranies

I got your back, you John Taylor lovers, you. JT pimps for Barack Obama. Check it:

Swoon. Still. Right?

Rihanna covers Madonna (and more songs about fashion)

At the recent Fashion Rocks concert in New York, R&B songstress Rihanna did a faithful rendition of Madonna‘s now classic “Vogue.” Take a look (and yes, unfortunately this was the best quality video I found):

In honor of fashion, and pop music, here is a list of more songs about fashion (and models):

* Duran Duran, Girls On Film
* David Bowie, Fashion
* Simple Minds, Up on the Catwalk
* RuPaul, Supermodel
* Juliana Hatfield , Supermodel
* Jill Sobule , Supermodel
* Kraftwerk, The Model
* Run-D.M.C., My Adidas
* Irving Berlin , Puttin’ On The Ritz
* Gwen Stefani, Harajuku Girls
* The Kinks, Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Got any more songs to add? Let’s hear ’em!

Annie Leibovitz and the naked Jonas Brothers

I think the planet has finally recovered from the shock of seeing Miley Cyrus‘s naked tween shoulder in the pages of Vanity Fair. I want to go on the record as saying I was not appalled. I wasn’t even all that surprised considering we knew ahead of time that famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was going to be behind the lens.

Leibovitz loves nudity. She’s made many of her photographic subjects drop trou. Have you ever seen her pics of John and Yoko? How about David Cassidy?

Talk about shocking the tween set. I wonder how many 13-year-olds in 1972 went out and bought a copy of Rolling Stone. Then, promptly tossed out the pages inside because it was all hippie commentary on President Nixon and Deep Purple record reviews.

Leibovitz had Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley pose nude together in many a men’s fantasy on VF’s cover two years ago.

Don’t forget the knocked-up, naked Demi Moore cover.

Leibowitz also photographed Whoopi Goldberg naked in a bath of milk and Sting naked and caked in mud.

 Clearly, Leibovitz won’t stop until she’s photographed everyone in America naked. She should put together a reality show where people compete to be her next nudey muse. I’d say we could let America vote, but you know we would end up seeing the Jonas Brothers without clothes on and then I’d  have a reason to complain. Why are young girls in love with those three? Those were the kind of kids in my school who got beat up or called any sort of epithet that meant homosexual. The poufy hair, the skinny ties. That kid with the big eyebrows who wears an ascot. Who does he think he is, Fred from Scooby Doo? 

Of course, when I was a kid I was in love with Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, a man who wore more make-up than my mother. Why didn’t Leibovitz ever photograph the men of Duran Duran naked? Or any of my New Wave favorites. Would they have had to wash off their eyeliner?

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