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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: Girl Talk Mashups

I know what you’re thinking: yeah, yeah, more mashups. But I promise you, THIS IS DIFFERENT. The guy behind Girl Talk — a laptop-wielding hipster named Greg — raises the mashup to an art form. (An extremely danceable art form.) He’s released five albums thus far, all available for free, each composed of hundreds [...]