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(Chron)   Four surviving MTV VJs publish oral history, reminisce about good old days when MTV employed VJs and was known as "Music Television," which was the style at the time   (chron.com) divider line 83
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2013-05-21 09:56:37 AM  
Martha Quinn. We all came for Martha Quinn. And still do.
 
2013-05-21 09:59:45 AM  
I dunno....Martha always seemed a little ditzy to me.

But a young Nina Blackwood....she always looked like she could suck the chrome off of a trailer hitch.  Or you'd have to pull ths sheets outta your....oh well, you know what I mean.
 
2013-05-21 10:00:24 AM  
After all, who was going to watch music 24 hours a day

Apparently no one since they don't do that anymore
 
2013-05-21 10:05:16 AM  
Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88
 
2013-05-21 10:08:07 AM  
Is there were I mention Serena Altschul and oral history and make a euphemism for my first emission.
 
2013-05-21 10:12:07 AM  

Tom_Slick: Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88


Wubba wubba wubba.

Damn, the early '80s was such an amazing time to grow up in.  MTV, VCRs, personal computers, video games, the Walkman.  Sigh.
 
2013-05-21 10:13:48 AM  

ColSanders: Tom_Slick: Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88

Wubba wubba wubba.

Damn, the early '80s was such an amazing time to grow up in.  MTV, VCRs, personal computers, video games, the Walkman.  Sigh.


Yep, then along came AIDS, crack, and the war on drugs and it all went to shiat
 
2013-05-21 10:15:30 AM  
I would have totally banged Martha Quinn back in the day.

/ I would still bang Martha Quinn.
 
2013-05-21 10:17:12 AM  

Tom_Slick: Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88


Which is exactly the point when MTV started sucking big time.
 
2013-05-21 10:19:07 AM  

Broktun: ColSanders: Tom_Slick: Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88

Wubba wubba wubba.

Damn, the early '80s was such an amazing time to grow up in.  MTV, VCRs, personal computers, video games, the Walkman.  Sigh.

Yep, then along came AIDS, crack, and the war on drugs and it all went to shiat


Why did I just read this to the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire"?
 
2013-05-21 10:21:00 AM  

Broktun: Yep, then along came AIDS, crack, and the war on drugs and it all went to shiat


You forgot New Coke and Scrappy Doo.
 
2013-05-21 10:21:29 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Already read it.

Oh and according to the 6th V.J., Nina went home to an apartment full of cats and Quinn was the "scrappy" hard-partier (not J.J. Jackson* level partier, but enough that she was dating Stiv Bators before her second year was up.)

*who got the gig because they thought he was a different African-American D.J. named J.J. Johnson.

Oh, and apparently Richard Belzer and Carol Liefer auditioned to be V.J.s (and in fact, Kevin Cronen [R.E.O. Speedwagon's lead singer] was the first guy approached to be a V.J. but he refused because he was touring and recording).

The book is just exhaustive and anecdote-filled. If you're interested in the subject matter, it comes hightly recommended by me (should that hold any sway).
 
2013-05-21 10:26:10 AM  

unfarkingbelievable: Tom_Slick: Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88

Which is exactly the point when MTV started sucking big time.


The Real World did not start until 1992. That was the beginning of the end
 
2013-05-21 10:27:32 AM  
Liefer=Leifer
 
2013-05-21 10:36:15 AM  
When they started to play Rap, that was the end of MTV for me.
 
2013-05-21 10:42:34 AM  

Tom_Slick: Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88


Both of the Julie Browns were hittable, for different reasons.
 
2013-05-21 10:51:03 AM  

ColSanders: Tom_Slick: Needed more pictures of Downtown Julie Brown,  I had the biggest crush on her.  I think she started at MTV in 1987 or 88

Wubba wubba wubba.

Damn, the early '80s was such an amazing time to grow up in.  MTV, VCRs, personal computers, video games, the Walkman.  Sigh.


No, it's amazing to grow up. It's the same for everyone regardless of the decade.
 
2013-05-21 10:53:24 AM  
Martha sure was nice to look at, but Mark Goodman was the only one who imparted any interesting information.  That's still the case on Sirius/XM.  I can't stand that Alan Hunter dooshbag, especially.
 
2013-05-21 11:00:12 AM  
Reality tv and rap turned MTV into emptyv.


/No mention of Kennedy yet?
 
2013-05-21 11:06:44 AM  

devine: Reality tv and rap turned MTV into emptyv.


/No mention of Kennedy yet?


Kennedy annoyed me. Karen Duffy on the other hand...

also

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on the internet before you were.
 
2013-05-21 11:07:29 AM  

devine: Reality tv and rap turned MTV into emptyv.


/No mention of Kennedy yet?


This is more of an 80s nostalgia circlejerk.
 
2013-05-21 11:16:52 AM  
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Indeed...
 
2013-05-21 11:27:08 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: After all, who was going to watch music 24 hours a day

Apparently no one since they don't do that anymore


Not now, but back then we did.  For almost a decade, we had MTV on 24/7.  MTV was smart about growing and diversifying, though.  They knew it couldn't last and without their foresight, we wouldn't have Comedy Central, all the Nickelodeon channels, etc, not to mention hundreds of original shows that people still talk about today.
 
2013-05-21 11:29:33 AM  
Even though I thought Martha Quinn was hot my crush was solely on Nina Blackwood. I guess she always reminded me of the girls you would see at a Van Halen Concert
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Even though its sad that MTV is no longer what they used to be but even if they kept playing Music, Youtube would have killed the Video Star anyway.  But thats no excuse for being a channel of 24/7 suck that they are now.
 
2013-05-21 11:42:57 AM  

Snapper Carr: on the internet before you were.


Also believes the moon landing was a hoax.
 
2013-05-21 12:02:33 PM  
Closet classics, song remains the same, (when they showed concerts) hell I even liked that game show remote control. Don't know why they kept that pretentious dick kurt loder all those years.
 
2013-05-21 12:05:44 PM  
Mojo Nixon unavailable for comment
 
2013-05-21 12:09:42 PM  
Will we finally find out just WTF "WUBBA WUBBA WUBBA!" is supposed to mean????
 
2013-05-21 12:11:36 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: After all, who was going to watch music 24 hours a day

Apparently no one since they don't do that anymore


I felt happy when they brought back Beavis and Butthead a couple years ago, then felt sad when Mike Judge found out that it's nearly impossible to do a decent B&B revival when there are are no videos for them to make fun of anymore.
 
2013-05-21 12:12:44 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Will we finally find out just WTF "WUBBA WUBBA WUBBA!" is supposed to mean????


It's the noise you make when you motorboat her.

www.king-mag.com
 
2013-05-21 12:15:00 PM  
Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

blog.janemarvel.com
 
2013-05-21 12:19:04 PM  
Also Daisy Fuentes.
 
2013-05-21 12:22:09 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

[blog.janemarvel.com image 265x291]


...and have you heard his solo work?
 
2013-05-21 12:23:39 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

[blog.janemarvel.com image 265x291]

...and have you heard his solo work?


I have my DVD of Elephant Parts autographed by him (and are you aware how hard it is to get an autographed anything from that guy?).
 
2013-05-21 12:31:37 PM  

TV's Vinnie: FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

[blog.janemarvel.com image 265x291]

...and have you heard his solo work?

I have my DVD of Elephant Parts autographed by him (and are you aware how hard it is to get an autographed anything from that guy?).


Not surprising.

He usually stays out of the Monkees reunions, and has fark you money because his mom invented white out. He can do whatever the hell he wants, and play music for fun. So, doing the old timers or convention circuit like the other three (two now) isn't very likely.
 
2013-05-21 12:32:44 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: Will we finally find out just WTF "WUBBA WUBBA WUBBA!" is supposed to mean????

It's the noise you make when you motorboat her.

[www.king-mag.com image 164x245]


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Hard times!
Hard times!
Downtown!
Julie Brown!


I can't hear her name without thinking about Helmet.
 
2013-05-21 12:39:12 PM  
Tabitha Soren was my favorite.

Not a VJ, but many spanks of mine were devoted to her.
 
2013-05-21 12:45:06 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

[blog.janemarvel.com image 265x291]

...and have you heard his solo work?

I have my DVD of Elephant Parts autographed by him (and are you aware how hard it is to get an autographed anything from that guy?).

Not surprising.

He usually stays out of the Monkees reunions, and has fark you money because his mom invented white out. He can do whatever the hell he wants, and play music for fun. So, doing the old timers or convention circuit like the other three (two now) isn't very likely.


They're actually touring again this year.
 
2013-05-21 12:54:08 PM  

RevMercutio: FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

[blog.janemarvel.com image 265x291]

...and have you heard his solo work?

I have my DVD of Elephant Parts autographed by him (and are you aware how hard it is to get an autographed anything from that guy?).

Not surprising.

He usually stays out of the Monkees reunions, and has fark you money because his mom invented white out. He can do whatever the hell he wants, and play music for fun. So, doing the old timers or convention circuit like the other three (two now) isn't very likely.

They're actually touring again this year.


I wonder if Nez would have joined in on this tour if Davy Jones hadn't died?
 
2013-05-21 12:54:18 PM  
Does Subby mean the good old days when MTV didn't have to pay any royalties for videos and their audience didn't have any video they wanted pretty much on demand on the phone in their pocket.

Seriously I never understood the complaint that MTV doesn't play videos any more. I mean the simple fact is that there is no money in showing videos after you give record companies their cut, and kids you are trying to target can just watch videos on youtube. Plus when all of your programming is based around showing videos, you don't own any of the content you show. So while MTV can make some money putting out DVDs of jackass or teen mom or whatever, if they just played videos that would be another lost revenue stream.
 
2013-05-21 12:57:25 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?


Please, the concept of music videos date back to the advent of the "Talkies" in the late 1920's.

Having a station dedicated to music, food, geography, honey booboo or whatever was due to the spread of cable tv.
 
2013-05-21 12:58:22 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

[blog.janemarvel.com image 265x291]

...and have you heard his solo work?


"Her name was Rodan, and she lived in the ocean off Japan."
 
2013-05-21 12:59:15 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: RevMercutio: FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: FirstNationalBastard: TV's Vinnie: Not many of you lawn-loiters know that had it not been for PopClips in 1980 (which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff), there never would have been an Mtv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Clips

And who came up with PopClips and later pitched the concept of Mtv?

[blog.janemarvel.com image 265x291]

...and have you heard his solo work?

I have my DVD of Elephant Parts autographed by him (and are you aware how hard it is to get an autographed anything from that guy?).

Not surprising.

He usually stays out of the Monkees reunions, and has fark you money because his mom invented white out. He can do whatever the hell he wants, and play music for fun. So, doing the old timers or convention circuit like the other three (two now) isn't very likely.

They're actually touring again this year.

I wonder if Nez would have joined in on this tour if Davy Jones hadn't died?


Probably not. He's never needed the money.
 
2013-05-21 01:01:45 PM  

mechgreg: Does Subby mean the good old days when MTV didn't have to pay any royalties for videos and their audience didn't have any video they wanted pretty much on demand on the phone in their pocket.

Seriously I never understood the complaint that MTV doesn't play videos any more. I mean the simple fact is that there is no money in showing videos after you give record companies their cut, and kids you are trying to target can just watch videos on youtube. Plus when all of your programming is based around showing videos, you don't own any of the content you show. So while MTV can make some money putting out DVDs of jackass or teen mom or whatever, if they just played videos that would be another lost revenue stream.


Palladium seems to be doing quite well.
 
2013-05-21 01:03:16 PM  

TV's Vinnie: I felt happy when they brought back Beavis and Butthead a couple years ago, then felt sad when Mike Judge found out that it's nearly impossible to do a decent B&B revival when there are are no videos for them to make fun of anymore.


I still have abject hope that eventually they will release a remastered edition with the videos in place

TV's Vinnie: which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff)


I love when I try to explain to people that cable TV used to have sign offs, they go all WHAAAAAT and I'm like yeah there was a time when like USA like totally went dark.

...then they started showing edited soft core porn with that big titted blond

Ahh the good ole days
 
2013-05-21 01:04:04 PM  

mcreadyblue: Palladium seems to be doing quite well.


They adopted a better model really. They play lots more concert and live stuff, so the royalties go very often straight to the Artist
 
2013-05-21 01:38:53 PM  
No mention of the "Podfather" Adam Curry?!

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-21 01:39:10 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: TV's Vinnie: I felt happy when they brought back Beavis and Butthead a couple years ago, then felt sad when Mike Judge found out that it's nearly impossible to do a decent B&B revival when there are are no videos for them to make fun of anymore.

I still have abject hope that eventually they will release a remastered edition with the videos in place

TV's Vinnie: which used to run late at night on Nickelodeon just before sign-ff)

I love when I try to explain to people that cable TV used to have sign offs, they go all WHAAAAAT and I'm like yeah there was a time when like USA like totally went dark.

...then they started showing edited soft core porn with that big titted blond

Ahh the good ole days


You rang?
memberfiles.freewebs.com
 
2013-05-21 01:39:48 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: I still have abject hope that eventually they will release a remastered edition with the videos in place


Good luck with that! Music copyrights are the most insane things on the planet (RIAA. 'Nuff said!). It's the main reason why the first Heavy Metal movie took so damn long to show up in home video format. Every band's label wanted a huge percentage, and well, how do you pay a total of 87500% of every dollar made from a sold DVD?

We had to wait until all the bands were so has-been that they would accept a case of Fosters as payment and split it amongst themselves.
 
2013-05-21 01:40:11 PM  

Chimpasaurus: No mention of the "Podfather" Adam Curry?!


About 25 posts up, I believe.
 
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