I Want My MTV
by Rockstar Mommy
I have two teenage step-daughters, 13 and 15. This unfortunately means that I get way more exposure to MTV than is healthy for any adult IQ levels.
I once tried explaining to them that once upon a time, there were these nifty little things called MUSIC VIDEOS where a band would record a video to their music and MTV - the MUSIC TELEVISION STATION - would actually air them in full rotation. Of course, I might as well have told them that I used to have to do my math homework with an abacus and walked to school every day in the snow, uphill, both ways... with Barney Rubble.
"What, you mean there was no Cribs?"
"No My Super Sweet 16?"
"Well then what was the point?"
"Oh, I don't know... MUSIC, maybe? But that's just a shot in the dark. I could be way off base."
I couldn't get them to understand, no matter how hard I tried, why I was so annoyed that MTV actually has scheduled slots for music videos a few times a day between their reality programs and how I felt it should be the other way around.
"Who would want to watch music videos all day long?", they asked.
I know there was a lot of hype about MTV bastardizing music when it first aired. And admittedly, I was a little too young to be apart of the debate, seeing as though I was 8 months old when MTV first hit the air in 1981. But I didn't realize that they - whoever "they" are - were right until I tried to have this argument with my step-kids. Everything is marketing scheme. It's not about the music, it's about the clothes, the shoes, the cars, the makeup, the ghetto booty, and how pimped someone's ride is. And when I asked them, "Doesn't that bother you?", they quite simply and collectively stated, "No".
I guess video really did kill the radio star.
Rock Star Mommy still has a crush on Martha Quinn
Every time I turn on MTV it's a show, and if I ever do see a video, it's usually rap.
I watch FUSE instead. It's a lot more fun, and they play better music.
And I hate that Sweet 16 show. When it was time for my daughter's Sweet 16, I sat her in front of the tv and said, watch this show. Whatever they are getting - you're not.
Posted by: michele | January 11, 2007 9:34 AM
I wanna be stuffin martha's muffin
Posted by: Ernie | January 11, 2007 10:07 AM
RIP J.J. Jackson
Posted by: the turtle | January 11, 2007 10:16 AM
I was a young kid when MTV started and a teenager in the 80s. MTV was AWESOME!!! I would do homework in while it was on-they had 'alternative' TV times...it was all so cool. It's completely unrecognizable to me as "MTV" now. Instead, I like VINTAGE music. Nothing like that word to make you feel OLD.
Posted by: Jennifer | January 11, 2007 11:12 AM
I remember being glued to MTV when it premiered. It was just so cool to be able to watch videos whenever instead of just on Fridays (remember Friday Night Videos anyone?)
Now, my kids have joined the legions of teens and tweens who watch the mindless crap on MTV today.
Posted by: Brandi | January 11, 2007 11:37 AM
I just had a talk about this with someone just the other day! What is the point of having a Music TV station if they never play music! I wonder how the artists feel about their videos hardly ever being played!!
Posted by: Bonnie | January 11, 2007 11:56 AM
I want my MTV BACK!
It makes no sense to me.
Posted by: Timmer | January 11, 2007 12:05 PM
MTV was a revolution for me. I think I was in the 5th grade and I LOVED LOVED LOVED MTV. JJ Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Martha. And yes, now it is all crap. Crap crap crap.
And I totally remember Friday Night Videos...Headbangers Ball was it for me though. Loved it.
...ah, good times, good times.
Posted by: robin | January 11, 2007 12:22 PM
We used to have to "sneak around" to wathc MTV when it 1st came out. Loved the Music Videos.....David Lee Roth was hysterical!! I can't stand watching MTV now, expcept for the Road Rules/Real World Challenges. Not quite the same as it was way back when...
Posted by: Kim | January 11, 2007 12:31 PM
I have always thought the same thing - what happened to the videos? Granted, I was born in '79 so I was just a baby when MTV came out, but I grew up with it. It gradually changed over time, so it wasn't so noticeable at first, but now it is so blatantly obvious that they don't want to show music videos anymore. You have to turn the tv on at 6:00 a.m. in order to catch a video, and usually it is Christina Aguillera's "Hurt" video, played over and over, it seems. It is just sad, and I agree with the commenter above who wonders - what do the artists think about this? Why do they even make music videos anymore?!? Maybe THIS is what has hurt music sales in the past few years - not free music downloading!
Posted by: Snickrsnack Katie | January 11, 2007 12:42 PM
I think they still show videos on MTV2(?). Anyone? Anyone? Buller?
Posted by: Ernie | January 11, 2007 12:52 PM
MTV2 has the new Headbanger's Ball.
They also have Sucker Free. If you didn't know, you need to watch at least one Sucker Free video a day to keep your house Sucker Free. At least that's what Turtle told me.
Posted by: michele | January 11, 2007 12:56 PM
David Lee Roth rules.
Posted by: michele | January 11, 2007 12:58 PM
I'm with you on this. It's just weird that MTV doesn't do the 'M' any more. And I've been along for the whole ride. I was 21 when MTV first came on, and I thought it was an amazing thing then.
Posted by: Stan | January 11, 2007 2:12 PM
Lately I've been turning to The Tube for music videos. As they say in their ad, "Think of it as music television... only with music." Though it's probably not your style if you're looking for a Headbanger's Ball replacement.
Posted by: sumo | January 11, 2007 2:17 PM
The Tube rules because they actually do show music videos all day, but they have this extremely annoying tendency to play these new concerts of old stars. Why would I want to watch old, fat Elvis Costello happily performing "Peace, Love and Understanding" when I could see the old angst-ridden Elvis video on YouTube.
This brings back memories of how hard I had to work as a teenager for my music obsessions. Staying up late to try and tape that one video I didn't yet have in my collection... living for 120 Minutes... getting my hands on 16 Magazine or wow! Smash Hits!
Other than the fact that Mtv sucks (and I'm so far out of their demographic now it's not even funny), I have to say that I enjoy being an obsessive music fan much more nowadays with everything on the internet.
Mtv, who needs it?
Posted by: Kazza | January 11, 2007 2:38 PM
My Super Sweet Sixteen is a guilty pleasure of mine. I actually enjoy watching spoiled little bitches who think they're someone special and then imagine how their lives will spiral out someday and they'll be on meth or something so they can cope with the fact that their parents and two-faced friends are the only people who give a shit. Yeah, it warms a sadist's heart.
Posted by: Victoria | January 11, 2007 3:38 PM
I'm so depressed now. I was a Junior in High School when MTV hit the air on our cable system. I officially feel old. :::cries:::
Posted by: CE | January 11, 2007 4:15 PM
I remember the good old days. I watched it start that day with the Buggles and was hooked. Then the years progressed and they introduced "shows'.
I canceled my cable subscription 9 years ago. What a waste of a really great idea.
Posted by: kat | January 11, 2007 5:26 PM
Well, someone had to say it. ;)
Posted by: tesco | January 11, 2007 6:20 PM
I miss Remote Control.
That was the best game show ever.
Posted by: michele | January 11, 2007 6:32 PM
Living in Canada, I never got to watch MTV, and still don't, actually. But Muchmusic seems to have followed methodically in their footsteps. Very rarely do you actually see music on that chanel, but I really enjoy their Video on Trail show, which does show four or five videos with funny commentary.
MuchMOREmusic usually has a lot of music videos, plus shows about music or about artists, rather than crap MSS16. Because no one really wants to see that crap.
Posted by: Kait | January 11, 2007 8:25 PM
Back in the early days we had a local station or two that would compete for our afterschool attention by showing all the same videos but enough independent stuff to make them better. MV3 was one show, I forget the other one, I saw RHCP "Real Men Don't Kill Coyotes" long before they ever made it onto MTV. Weird video that.
Posted by: Richard | January 11, 2007 9:14 PM
I go to YouTube for videos these days. I've ripped a bunch of videos from the 80's off there and put them on my iPod.
Posted by: Paul | January 11, 2007 9:23 PM
"Music Television." Ha. They should have to change the friggin' name. I'm not sure they show music videos at all anymore.
I can still remember when "Money For Nothing" first aired years ago.
Now THAT was MTV.
Posted by: RWA | January 11, 2007 10:00 PM
But Muchmusic seems to have followed methodically in their footsteps.
MuchMusic had a great show on Friday nights called Loud. Like Headbanger's ball, but without the crappy hair metal or that fat dude.
Aren't they FUSE now?
Posted by: michele | January 11, 2007 10:07 PM
I watch super sweet sixteen when I want to pick out victims for when I snap and start killing.
Posted by: Germ | January 11, 2007 10:10 PM
I remember being stoned out of my head and watching Rock the Casbah on MTV and the damn landing space module commercial thing and thinking how cool it all was.
I quit watching MTV a long time ago. It blows.
Posted by: Richard | January 11, 2007 11:21 PM
I remember MTV being a "pay" channel, and we were too poor (hehe) at the time and only had basic cable.. so no MTV for me. I felt so out of touch when the kids in elementary school would go on and on about the videos. I would "pretend" I knew what they were talking about.. but it was all in vain.
When we finally got all kinds of rich, I was SO.VERY.EXCITED to have MTV that I would watch it as much as I could. Even the crappy stuff!!
Now, my kids spend time watching it in the summer when they are off and I ask what videos they watched and they just look at me .. crickets!
BUT, the question is, do you remember when VH1 was like the anti-mtv. They only played safe boppy music, no Head bangers Ball stuff. FUNNY. No VH1 is the king of raunchy reality. See: I Love New York, and The Flavor Of Love.
Posted by: Kathy | January 12, 2007 10:20 AM
Ah, the good old days. When I used to sit around and do nothing else but wait for my favorite video to play.
I am so glad I'm not a teen these days.
Posted by: Becca | January 12, 2007 11:51 AM