Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Video Killed the Radio Star

And then Video Jumped Off the Proverbial Bridge

Right On Peachtree reminds of more traditional and ass-kicking times that were the early days of MTV. It reminds me of my long hair, my black steel-toed boots, my flannel shirts, and the first time I heard Kurt Cobain scream "ENTERTAIN US!!."

Those were the days kids were about more than MySpace and 'feelings.' Even EPMD put out a song called "Headbanger," and Antrax and Public Enemy were the vanguard of the revolution.

It brings a tear to the eye of this old decrepid relic of Generation X. < /sniff >

And if you didn't know the Contra Mantra, you only got three lives.


petallic said...

Yeah, I heard a radio deejay say this morning, "The target demographic of MTV, ages 12-24, has no idea what it once was because they weren't born yet when it started."

Sad but true.

Ooh, I hate to be goofy, but then again I really don't. I'd love to hear everyone's favorite videos and why.

Mine was George Michael's Father Figure. That was the stuff of pre-adolescent dreams.

Dante said...

My favorite video was "Land of Confusion" by Genesis. When the makers of Spittin Image and DC Follies get together to do a music video involving Reagan, you know it has to be good. I also liked their much less popular "Vance Can't Dance" video.

If we're going by Petallic's "Father Figure" criteria, then I'd have to say "Walk Like an Egyptian" or "In Your Room" both by the Bangles or "Cradle of Love" by Billy Idol.

Then again, I'd gladly never watch a music video again if they'd bring back "Remote Control." With categories like "Brady Physics," "Dead or Canadian?," and "Beat the Bishop," it is easily one of the best* game shows ever made.

* #5 behind "The Price is Right," "Family Fued," "Let's Make a Deal," and "Match Game," respectively.

Patrick Armstrong said...

"Cradle of Love" by Billy Idol was quite strong.

However, I absolutely loved the video trilogy of "Don't Cry," "November Rain," and "Estranged" by GNR.

Also, I truly enjoyed "Slam" by Onyx & "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. But "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mixalot holds a special place in my heart.

Dante said...

"Sabotage" was a truly excellent video.

On a GNR tangent, I remember seeing two videos for the first time on the same night. They were "Paradise City" and "Punk Rock Girl." Most of the rest of my class saw those same videos that night and it was then that I first realized that my musical tastes weren't exactly mainstream seeing as I far preffered the latter to the former (not that there's anything wrong with "Paradise City").

S.A.W.B. said...

The video for 'Madhouse' by Anthrax was always a favorite. 'One' by Metallica comes to mind, as does the video for 'Seasons in the Abyss' by Slayer...

liberalandproud said...

My favorite video is, and probaby always will be, "Thriller." I know he's one messed up dude, but Michael Jackson used to be so awesome!