Monday, August 1, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: MTV turns 30

And now we meet in an abandoned studio / we hear the playback and it seems so long ago...

MTV turns 30 today. Only this is not our MTV, this is the MTV of a whole new generation, reinvented with foul-mouthed dummies from Jersey and pregnant teens.

Video killed the radio star, indeed.

What's your favorite video of all time?

Here's Gael's, the ultimate anti-video, where Minneapolis' Replacements pretty much gave the finger to the entire music-video industry. I also liked the local joke lyrics, singing "we are the Sons of Norway" instead of "we are the sons of no one."


Brian said...

I don't have a "favorite," but I love the videos that Devo did in the late '70s and early '80s. They weren't all that slick, but even by today's standards they were inventive, fun, and didn't take themselves too seriously. Considering MTV in general, I remember the impact it had when it first came out: Not that many people that I knew had even basic cable back then, so going to someone's house to "watch videos" was a really big deal. In those early days, MTV really changed people's sensibilities about music, style and what constituted being "cool." And considering how people follow "Jersey Shore" and "Teen Mom" so closely, I guess it's still doing that.

Laura H. said...

That video you have embedded isn't the video that first played on MTV. You can find that here:

Pat Benatar was the second video - Fire and Ice, I think.