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    VH1 Classics to Air Entire First Day of MTV for 25th Anniversary

    I want my, I want my, I want my MTV.....

    I read in TV GUIDE that VH1 Classics is going to air the ENTIRE first day of MTV programming from August 1st, 1981, starting at midnight July 31st. (Technically August 1st) in honor of their 25th anniversary.

    That's when they had actual MUSIC on MTV, not a million shows with a video here and there.

    So jump into the time machine, and see if you remember the original veejays.
    (I'm going to try here...Martha, Nina..Mark, Alan...and..J.J. maybe?)
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    Sweet! Back when MTV was still about music.

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    If I remember correctly (from my memory bank of useless facts) I read that the first day's programming was only about 8 hours. So I suppose they'll re-run it 3 times that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantenna View Post
    Sweet! Back when MTV was still about music.
    I remember those days quite well. I'm sure everyone knows the answer to the trivia question of what was the first music video played on MTV? Heck, I knew without looking it up but I though this article was cool.
    Whether you love it or hate it, MTV has made significant impacts on both music and music video. So how did MTV choose to start off this fledgling cable channel? When it raised it's head in the early 80's, there would have been some discussion over which music video should mark the music channel's debute. However, any argument would probably have been short-lived, as the final choice is one that few people would find hard to beat.

    MTV started in the US and then various other localised versions started to appear around the world (so technically the answer may be different for each network, but this is a question of the first ever song played). If you thought it was Dire Straits, then you will need to guess again.

    "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits was inspired well after MTV's launch when Mark Knopfler apparently overheard a conversation in an electronics store. The salesman was complaining about how tough life was selling TVs - he was reported to have said words to the effect of "that's the way you do it. You get your money for nothing and your chicks for free." The original comment was probably a little more hard core, but it is unlikely that many radio or video stations would have played a song "get you f***ing money for nothing and your f***ing chicks for f***ing free". In the 90s, it probably would not have been a problem. However, when MTV Europe launched, it did play Money For Nothin as its first song.

    Despite being a few years old at the time, Video Killed The Radio Star, by the Buggles, was the first song ever played by MTV. The irony of this choice escaped few people, but rather than kill radio, MTV and other music channels have helped boost its popularity while increasing music sales and developing a new form of entertainment. Unfortunately, it also made producing music far more expensive - culminating in the very bland bland music of recent years. It is also interesting that one the of biggest criticisms levelled at MTV now is that it doesn't play enough music video and it has become more of a mainstream music lifestyle channel. From most reports this is occuring with all the MTV networks.
    http://www.eightyeightynine.com/musi...firstsong.html
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    I just saw this was on. I saw The Pretenders "Brass in Pockets" and something by Todd Rundgren. Then I flipped the channel and forgot I was watching it

    I looked on Tivo and hour 1 is on about a bazillion times in the next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantenna View Post
    Sweet! Back when MTV was still about music.
    Yeah, back before it became M(iscellaneous)TV.

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    Happy 25th BIRTHDAY - MTV

    http://www.pe.com/entertainment/stor...v.408106e.html

    MTV turns 25

    No one knows how to throw a party like MTV. So there must be quite a bash planned for Aug. 1, celebrating 25 years on the air. Right?

    Sorry. MTV is staying in that night. There are no plans to even mention the birthday.

    When your average viewer is 20 years old -- too young to remember Martha Quinn, not even born when Madonna buckled on her "boy toy" belt -- perhaps it's wise not to mention you're 25. MTV wants to be the perpetual adolescent.

    On a relentless mission to stay hip, MTV casually discards generations. Yesterday, "Beavis & Butthead." Today, "Laguna Beach."

    And at each stop, MTV changes pop culture.

    Without MTV, you might not have reality television. Commercials wouldn't have vertigo-inducing quick cuts. Musicians wouldn't need to look like models to survive. Kelly Osbourne wouldn't have gotten near a recording studio. And only seamstresses would know about wardrobe malfunctions.

    Our birthday present is a look back at 25 memorable MTV moments:

    1. The Debut

    Aug. 1, 1981. The first video? The slyly prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the now-forgotten Buggles. Only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it. Sometimes the screen would go black when someone at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. Within a few years, millions of kids demanded their parents buy cable so they could see MTV. Along with CNN, it led TV's transition out of the three-channel world. "This was the fuse that lit the cable explosion," said Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.

    2. Beat It

    March 31, 1983. Michael Jackson becomes the first black artist with a video on MTV. The segregation was MTV's early shame, ironic considering its later role in popularizing rap. And the early snub wasn't forgotten: "You don't have all of music television when you are leaving things out," says Los Lonely Boys singer Henry Garza.

    3. Thriller

    Dec. 2, 1983. Less a video than a 14-minute mini-movie with Vincent Price, ghouls and goblins, the premiere of Jackson's "Thriller" was an event. MTV gave it a set time on the schedule -- several, even. It was the apotheosis of the idea of music videos as an art form. With director John Landis ("The Blues Brothers," "Animal House," "Coming to America") involved, it also was proof that Hollywood's finest weren't looking down upon what are essentially promo clips.

    4. Madonna Busts Out

    Sept. 14, 1984. Performing "Like a Virgin" at the first Video Music Awards, Madonna popped out of a cake dressed in a wedding gown and writhed through her hit. At that moment, Madonna became a superstar, put the VMAs on the map and set an enduring tone. Who cares about those ugly "moon man" trophies? What matters is making the audience gasp.

    5. Money for Nothing

    1985. The Dire Straits song was about MTV, mocked MTV and became the band's biggest hit because of MTV. It was one of the first videos to feature computer animation, and Sting made a clever cameo echoing his role in iconic "I want my MTV" ads. The rules for music stardom had changed. Being photogenic was now crucial; an eye-catching video made hits. "It was America's first national radio network," says record executive Phil Quartararo.

    6. Bye-Bye VJs

    Original video jock J.J. Jackson's contract expired in 1985. Nina Blackwood followed him out the next year and so did Martha Quinn, breaking the hearts of countless teenage boys. Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman were next. Only Adam Curry lasted into the '90s. MTV refused to follow its aging first fans, courting teens instead. It also realized that airing videos was a dead end and began aggressively developing other programming. Those were probably the most important financial decisions MTV ever made.

    7. Spring Break

    March 21, 1985: College students who couldn't make it south in person could turn on MTV to catch the party. Each year it returns, a drunken bash with young, firm, scantily clad bodies oozing with sweat and undulating to the music. Stop us! We need a cold shower. "There were people who looked like they were having sex on the dance floor," VJ Suzie Castillo says about last year's festivities in Cancun, Mexico. MTV's spring break coverage arguably gave rise to the "Girls Gone Wild" video series, where the breasts didn't need to be pixelated.

    8. Rap Blasts Off

    Aug. 6, 1986. It's no coincidence that "Yo! MTV Raps!" premiered about the same time rap started becoming the dominant music form for young America. Hip white kids like Rick Rubin or the Beastie Boys may have loved rap before, but "Yo! MTV Raps!" brought it into every suburban living room. "Going from the network that was called on the carpet for not having blacks to this was a huge leap, and it was the right one for MTV," says Christina Norman, MTV's first black president.

    9. Pee-Wee's Return

    Sept. 5, 1991. It was a hard fall for Pee-Wee Herman, from star of one of television's most popular kids' shows to a national punch line when an undercover officer saw him masturbating in an adult theater. Herman went undercover himself for more than a month until creeping out onstage at the opening of that year's VMAs. "Heard any good jokes lately?" Herman asked, to howls of laughter.

    10. Enter Grunge

    Sept. 29, 1991: Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video killed the hair metal scene and signaled the ascendancy of grunge. The images themselves were an arresting accent, with the tattooed cheerleaders and what seemed like an underwater pep rally in a dank gymnasium. "The band, the sound and the imagery in the video was sort of a breath of fresh air -- or a scream," said MTV series development guru Tony DiSanto.

    11. Clapton Unplugged

    March 11, 1992. Only the most desperate of fading 1980s bands -- Nuclear Valdez, Squeeze, the Alarm -- responded to MTV's first requests to show off their acoustic chops. But fans responded to the intimacy and stars soon lined up: Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen (who got nervous and insisted on an electric guitar) -- and Eric Clapton, in his first performance since his son died after falling from a skyscraper window. "Everybody who was there felt something special was going on," says Van Toffler, president of MTV's music services. Clapton had to be talked into releasing the show on CD, and it became his biggest-selling album.

    12. Boxers or Briefs?

    April 19, 1994. Two years in office, President Clinton submitted to 90 minutes of questions on complex policy issues by 16-to-20-year-olds before a live MTV audience. Everything else was forgotten when 17-year-old Laetitia Thompson, of Potomac, Md., asked: "Mr. President, the world's dying to know. Is it boxers or briefs?" "Usually briefs," the president replied, looking slightly nonplussed. Today, most presidential candidates use MTV to reach first-time voters.

    13. Heh-Heh. Cool

    March 24, 1994: Who'd have thunk that "Beavis & Butt-Head" would make the cover of Rolling Stone? When Toffler received a pilot tape of two adolescent cartoon characters playing baseball with a frog, he watched it nearly 100 times. "You have a feeling in your bones that there's something different about it that's unique and it will either flop miserably or succeed brilliantly." It was stupid, gross-out humor -- but many older people secretly wished they could act that way.

    14. Reality Bites

    June 23, 1994. It's hard to recall a time when setting up a group of strangers in a camera-filled home was a new idea. But the debut of "The Real World" "invented reality TV," says Thompson, the professor. "It's absolutely ground zero." And the inclusion of Pedro Zamora, who was gay and soon to die of AIDS, did more to promote tolerance than hundreds of public service announcements. "It was probably the most riveting piece of television I had ever seen," says Brian Graden, then a young, gay man and now an MTV programming exec. "I had never seen someone like myself reflected back to me. ... It really changed things for a whole generation of gay people."


    15. Feedback Loop

    April 14, 1998: Jesse Camp wins the first "I Wanna Be a VJ" contest. Stuck in a rut, MTV was searching for some way to make its audience feel connected to the network. The wild-haired, willfully outrageous Camp seemed sent from central casting, and it was the audience doing the casting.

    16. Times Square Live

    Oct. 22, 1998. The Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square during a "Total Request Live" appearance. The ruckus cemented "TRL's" role as pop culture's home page, with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as king and queen of the new scene.

    17. Jiggle It

    Sept. 9, 1999. When Lil' Kim presented a VMA with a pasty-clad breast, Diana Ross couldn't resist a playful fondle. Lucky Ross hadn't been there eight years earlier, when Prince performed wearing pants with the butt cut out. A year later, Howard Stern parodied that look.

    18. Tipsy

    Oct. 1, 2000. Thinking about "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville getting tipped over in the port-a-potty still makes you hold your nose. Knoxville specialized in painful on-camera tricks, and "Jackass" quickly became MTV's most popular show. Unfortunately for MTV -- or maybe fortunately, if there's no such thing as bad publicity -- many stunts were copied by viewers.

    19. Mariah's Meltdown

    July 19, 2001. No one knew quite how to react when Carey made a surprise appearance on "TRL" pushing an ice cream cart filled with popsicles. A nervous Carson Daly kept trying to cut to a commercial, but Carey wouldn't stop talking. She said she had a gift for him -- then took off her oversized T-shirt to reveal a tight tank top and skimpy shorts. A week later Carey was checked into a hospital for "extreme exhaustion."

    20. !$S*#!

    March 5, 2002: Sharrrr-rronnnn! The first bleeped-out swear word on "The Osbournes" premiere was followed by 58 others. For a while, the foggy-headed rocker, his type-A wife and self-involved kids became America's first family, if only for the sheer weirdness of their life. They quickly wore thin -- and were responsible for a rash of dull has-beens who thought their lives would make great television -- but not before Sharon got her own talk show, daughter Kelly a recording contract and son Jack a stint in rehab.

    21. Dogging Eminem

    Aug. 29, 2002: The rap star was in no mood to hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog chew over his feud with Moby. So when approached by the puppet on the VMAs, Eminem delivered a sucker punch and then flew into a rage backstage. "He was really furious," said MTV executive vice president Dave Sirulnick, "which was startling because here was this guy who built his career on dissing and dishing. And this was a puppet."

    22. Ashton Punks Justin

    March 17, 2003. "Candid Camera" with an edge, the debut of Ashton Kutcher's series "Punk'd" had a crew posing as the "Tax Enforcement Agency" seizing Justin Timberlake's possessions after saying he owed $900,000 in back taxes. The title is now ensconced in the popular lexicon.

    23. Chicken or Tuna?

    Aug. 19, 2003. "Newlyweds" followed the telegenic Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey as they navigated marital bliss. They truly became famous when cameras caught Simpson confused by whether a can of Chicken of the Sea contained tuna. Presto! America had a new favorite dim blonde.

    24. The Kiss

    Aug. 28, 2003. It was MTV's idea to bring back Madonna for a reprise of "Like a Virgin" for the 20th video music awards, and MTV's idea to pair her with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The open-mouthed kiss that she planted on the two young stars? That was pure Madonna, and it outranked the creepy Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley for most memorable kiss.

    25. Stephen & LC

    Nov. 26, 2004. Viewers were gripped by the love triangle on new MTV hit "Laguna Beach," and Kristin's partying on spring break in this episode temporarily cost her her boyfriend. MTV's original idea was a reality version of "Beverly Hills 90210," but they ended up with a reality version of "The O.C." instead. The real-life soap opera breaks convention by unfolding slowly, with none of the reality TV clichés like confessional interviews. "Again," Thompson says, "MTV is two steps ahead."
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    I remember watching the rocket at the top of the hour and it would briefly mention what videos were coming up and I PRAYED every SINGLE hour that it would be Duran Duran

    VH1 classic is showing MTV's first day today. It's actually pretty boring. I *LOVE* the Finn brothers, but I've seen alot of Split Enz today!

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    I feel so old ... I remember Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodwin, and J.J. Jackson. I also remember feeling "cool" that something my age was on TV, then I'd get up from the couch and trip over the cable wire which connected the TV channel changer to the TV. Ahhh, God bless whoever invented the remote.

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    I still have fond memories of the 1986 5th year anniversary celebration--Amuck in America. Alan Hunter & a crew drove around the country in a convertible, stopping at crazy places, and the only one I really remember is them stopping at Aretha Franklin's house for peach cobbler. It feels really weird, and oddly depressing, that it was 20 years ago!

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