Puh-leeze. What, is your grandma visiting from Boca or something?
No, friends, there’s only one destination if that’s what’s on your mind, and it’s Club MTV.
Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown (easily our favorite of the non-Original-5 VJs), the show ran from ’85 to ’92, and it brought fashion and flava right into our living rooms like nothing else we’d ever seen.
Sure, there were live (er, lip-synched) performances from the likes of Debbie Harry, Information Society, Samantha Fox, and Paula Abdul, and, of course, there were the requisite video clips (MTV, you’ll recall, actually used to play music videos pretty regularly), but the big draw of the show was all those shiny, happy people boppin’ around in spandex and shoulder pads.
The show was such a big hit that it even launched its own concert tour in 1989. And it was that tour, you’ll remember, that brought about one of the biggest scandals to hit our favorite decade. On July 21, 1989, Milli Vanilli were performing as part of the Club MTV tour at Lake Compounce amusement park in Connecticut when their tape machine malfunctioned, leaving the fellas with nothing to do but run off the stage. With a few months, it was revealed that ol’ Rob and Fab had been faking it all along.
But we digress.
The real story here is how Club MTV gave us all something to watch every afternoon- guys and girls gyrating in a way that would make even Johnny and Baby blush. What’s not to love?
Wubba wubba wubba.
We ♥ Club MTV.