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MTV’s First Hour on the Air (I Mean: on Cable)

On August 1, 1981, MTV launched at 12:01am. Below you can see the first hour of MTV, in six ten-minute chunks. It’s historically interesting for the commercials, shows a surprisingly seat-of-the-pants approach to cable TV complete with lots of dead air and bad audio cuts, and features a surprising mix of videos. Oh, and they [...]

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme Thursday XIII

It’s Thursday, it’s late, it’s once again time for GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common. Can you guess what it is? This week is tough, but leave your best guesses in the comments. Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love Pearl Jam – Alive Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Radio, Radio Ke$sha – [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Victims of the Best New Artist Grammy Curse

For the most part, the Best New Artist award has gone to people and bands that are still relevant (or at least known) today. Bette Midler won in 1974, Sade was the newcomer in 1986, Mariah Carey won in 1991, and a little band called the Beatles won in 1965. But it’s not necessarily an [...]

The Late Movies: 9 Low-Budget “Classic Alternative” Music Videos

I grew up watching 120 Minutes, an MTV show that aired starting at midnight on Sunday night. This made waking up for school on Monday morning hard, but at least I got to catch the newest “alternative” videos (The Cure, The Replacements, The Breeders, that sort of thing) which rarely aired in the normal MTV [...]