The Five: Favorite MTV memories
As we've mentioned already, MTV is celebrating its 25th Anniversary today, and everyone of a certain age remembers what it was like when the music network debuted. I was just about to start my junior year in high school, and I remember the day it premiered very well. Here are my favorite MTV memories (mostly from the first 15-18 years, since I haven't really watched it in the past 5-7 years).
1. Live Aid. I was working a double shift at a pizza place in July of '85, but we had a large screen television in the dining room and we had this on all day. It was a pretty amazing day actually. Giant charity concerts are a regular thing now, but back then, getting dozens and dozens of top pop stars to play on one day on two continents, that was something special.
2. Seasons two and three of The Real World. Yes, there was a time when reality TV was fresh and exciting, when The Real World wasn't the punch line of a joke. These two seasons were the best. Season two was Los Angeles, with Dominic the alcohol-loving writer, Aaron the blond surfer boy conservative, Jon the 18 year old country singer, Tami, Irene, and the Beths? And season three? Who could forget Pedro and Puck and Judd?
3. The Jon Stewart Show. Stewart's talk show way before The Daily Show. When MTV joined the corporate parent of Paramount and Viacom, the show was syndicated. It didn't last long, but it was an enjoyable late night show. I hope Stewart get's Conan's spot in 2009.
4. 120 Minutes. This was the show that had all the artists you couldn't see the other 22 hours of the day. I mean, where else could you see Robyn Hitchcock on MTV?
5. Animation. There was also a time that MTV not only showed music, but their non-music programming was rather fun too. They had some great cartoons and edgy animation: Daria, Celebrity Deathmatch, Liquid Television, and others. Some really innovative, fun stuff.
Wow, thinking about these shows again brings back a lot of memories. I'm too old for MTV now, so I can't really say "I Want My MTV" anymore, but I sure do miss it. (Side note: I usually like Hank Steuver's writing, but this column is a little odd.)