“I want my MTV!”

No, not the MTV of Jersey Shore, 16 and Pregnant, or The Hills.

Not the MTV of The Real World, Road Rules, or Singled Out.

Not even the MTV of TRL, Daria, or Beavis & Butthead.

No, we mean the real MTV. The MTV we grew up with. The MTV of Duran Duran (we ♥ them!), Debbie Gibson (we ♥ her!), and Madonna (80s Madonna, mind you… and, yes, we ♥ her, too!)

The MTV that truly was Music Television.

On August 1, 1981, we were all blessed (well, technically, only a couple hundred people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey were initially blessed) with what would go on to become one of the most influential things to hit TV since Walter Cronkite.

(If you weren’t one of the those lucky few Jersey-ites, here’s how it looked when it all began at 12:01 a.m. EST:)

Ah, music videos (in stereo, no less), 24 hours a day. It was perfection on television. Suddenly we knew what the artists looked like. We could see them move, sing, and dance through the European countryside on their way to a Renaissance fair with a “little person”.

The guys could lust after Samantha Fox and Lita Ford, and the girls could drool over Bon Jovi and Rick Springfield.

Thanks to MTV, we were able to see Live Aid (yep, ♥ that, too!), we witnessed the birth of the VMAs (with the Cars’ “You Might Think” taking home the inaugural moonman in 1984), and we saw, first-hand, the birth of hair metal.

Plus, at the top of every hour, we got that moon landing footage and the killer electric guitar riff.

And through it all, our trusted VJ friends were there… taking our hands and guiding us through this utopia of audio-visual goodness: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson, and Martha Quinn.

Nowadays, of course, you’re more likely to see a music video on your cubicle-mate’s iPhone than on MTV, but that doesn’t mean we can’t remember the good times.

And we do… and we want our MTV back.

We ♥ MTV.

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~ by weheart80s on June 4, 2010.

3 Responses to “MTV”

  1. So cool seeing all the VJ’s at the end. I miss them.

    • At least they can be heard on satellite radio, every day. Sirius radio’s 80’s station. Nina, Alan, Martha and Mark.

  2. […] cousin Nick in the city had told us about this new cable channel called MTV (we love it!), but damned if we even had cable around here… so the chances of us ever seeing a music video […]

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