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August 2022 Retro Gaming Article


August 1, 2022 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Mtv turns 41 today and their first ten videos illustrate why we still want our Mtv

Mtv's first ten videos
The diversity and FOMO made Mtv so iconic. As we waited for our favorite videos, we were exposed to so many other genres!
Music Television was a dream come true in the early 80s. The music video TV channel launched on August 1, 1891 and captured viewers instantly! Long before Teen Mom and Real World they showcased amazing cinematic accompaniments to our favorite songs from pop to heavy metal. They had some genre specific shows emerge, but it was a vast free-for-all and it exposed it's viewers to a wide swath of the music spectrum. Some songs had famous videos and some videos made obscure songs become famous.

Mtv showed us a lot of variety and we soaked it all up. Today, algorithms discover one thing we like and ram as much of it as possible down our throats. Why do I want my Mtv? For the diversity of music they offered. They didn't go for trends, they went for entertainment and originality (concepts lost in today's homogenous world).

The First Ten Videos Played On Mtv in 1981

  1. The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
  2. Pat Benatar - You Better Run
  3. Rod Stewart - She Won't Dance With Me
  4. The Who - You Better You Bet
  5. PH.D - Little Suzi's On The Up
  6. Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore
  7. The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
  8. Todd Rundgren - Time Heals
  9. REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run
  10. Styx - Rockin' The Paradise
Programming of a different sort began to invade the format until it became a wasteland of poorly crafted reality shows, abandoning the music video format that once launched them into stardom. Oddly Mtv has kept up their tradition of a yearly music video award show, despite having ditched music decades ago.

When you hear of folks lamenting the demise of Mtv and the way that "I Want My Mtv" moniker is still around it shows how powerful their influence once was. But what does it mean? Do we want to watch music videos again? I don't think that's what we miss or want again.

Mtv's first ten videos Mtv initially flooded the airwaves with music. All kinds of music. Punk. Pop. Metal. Rock. A myriad of styles expertly mingles into a TV network. As we waited for our favorite videos, we listened to a lot of music that may have evaded our ears for a lifetime.

Mtv was about diversity and exposure. I grew up loving rock and metal, but developed a strong interest in new wave and pop. One doesn't normally go from buying Judas Priest albums to Taylor Dayne and Debbie Gibson. I even grew fond of Tiffany and her Mall Tour - appearing in actual shopping malls!

It was a great time in music history and Mtv dispensed the music we loved and expanded our musical horizons. Hard to imagine they's soon stoop to Jersey Short and 16 & Pregnant as viable viewing options. However sad their future became, it rested on a solid brand that still invokes excitement for music.

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