Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Reasons to Take Next Monday Off

Stock the cooler, take the phone off the hook, and lock the children in the basement!

MTV's First 24 Hours of Programming to be Aired on VH1 Classic

VH1 Classic is paying tribute to the historic impact MTV has had on music and pop culture over the last 25 years by airing the first 24 hours of programming from MTV's August 1, 1981 network debut. The day of celebration will begin on Monday, July 31 at 12:00 midnight with the first video that started a music revolution, The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star." The 24-hour historic marathon will run through Tuesday, August 1. From the songs that stood the test of time to the ones that haven't, all are sure to spark some spandex-tinted memories as they are brought back to life for this one-day event.

Additional videos to air during the 24-hours include:

"Brass in Pocket" -- Pretenders
"Heart of Glass" -- Blondie
"Hold on Loosely" -- 38 Special
"I Want to Be A Lifeguard" -- Blotto
"Kiss On My List" -- Hall and Oates
"Oliver's Army" -- Elvis Costello
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" -- Rod Stewart
"Take It On The Run" -- REO Speedwagon
"Too Late" -- Shoes
"You Better Run" -- Pat Benatar
"You Better You Bet" -- The Who

(h/t to PJ)


Buckeye, Dealer of Rare Coins said...

Ah, the good old days of MTV, when they actually playd videos.

You Better Run was playing in our Trader Joe's on Sunday. I was happily singing along in the checkout lane, the cashier-not old enough to remember the song-was amused.

refinnej said...

"I Want to Be A Lifeguard" -- Blotto

Oh WOW!! I haven't heard that one in years!! Are you guys taping this?

Eli said...

"I Want to Be A Lifeguard" -- Blotto

Oh WOW!! I haven't heard that one in years!! Are you guys taping this?

Hee. That was my reaction too.

You might be happy to see this...

NYMary said...

Actually, it looks like this is over Tuesday, which sucks because I do have to work. Oh well. If I delete all the old Daily Shows and Colbert Reports and Countdowns from the DVR, I might have room for it.

In point of fact, I do own (and am amazed that I have not inflicted upon either refinnej or Eli) a videotape from roughly the first year or so of MTV--there's great stuff on it: the Vapors' "Jimmie Jones," Quarterflash, even that Toronto song the New Pornographers covered. And since videotape in those days was an imprecise science, there are lots of commercials and MTV promos and such, so it's a real time capsule.

Eli, how desperate is it that I know more than one Blotto song?

refinnej said...

Actually, now that you mention it, you HAVE shown me that video. (It's the one with the Asia video that Thers keeps rewinding to watch backwards, right?) That's a cool one.. and it is a nice time capsule, especially since Thers and I grew up in an enviorment where MTV was denied us... I'm looking forward to being at Mom's for a bit so I can watch the YouTube videos you post.

I miss 80's cheese... there was something so cool about it...

ekimh3 said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Mary. You'uns probably already know about this, but 80s video aficionados can find a nice selection (1400 or so) at the following site. Actually, nonaficionados can, too.