I was yakking with Wolf today and we were discussion the infancy of MTV - what we liked and what we didn't like. So, I'll list my likes and dislikes of my early days with MTV. Feel free to answer accordingly or add your own.
Favorite VJ - Martha Quinn. I loved her "girl next door" quality.
Least Favorite VJ - That would be J.J. Jackson. He would say things like, "Here's double Duran and I'm Triple J" and all I would think is that he was a quadruple fag.
Favorite Video - My family got MTV in 1984 and the first video I remember loving (and still do to this day) was, "Hot for Teacher". Honorable mentions should go to "Hungry Like the Wolf" by the double Duran and "Down Under" by Men at Work.
Least Favorite Video - I hate Flock of Seagulls like nobody's business. If I EVER see, "I Ran" again I will kill the singer then the guitarist with those goofy, serial-killer glasses slowly.
What I miss about MTV - besides the fact they used to play videos (that's right kids, back in the early to mid-1980's, MTV used to play "music videos" and not just Real Road Rules World), I miss the old style Week in Rock. As much as I can't stand Kurt 'Load of shit" Loder, it was the usual highlight of my Saturday afternoons right before Solid Gold came on.
Didn't have MTV in Europe when I grew up, but we had something like the Headbanger's Ball, one hour of Heavy Metal videos every night at 1:00am (or was it 12:00 I can't remember).
This is where I first saw Steve Vai's videos, Van Halen, Satriani, Megadeth, Maiden, Anthrax, Ozzy, AC/DC and so on.
Man, I could write for hours about the original MTV, and I probably will in subsequent posts. I'll have to think about the categories you named, wip. [img]images/smilies/jot.gif[/img]
Suffice it to say that I was glued to the TV during my free time for the first several years MTV was on the air. Once they started going more in the direction of "Yo! MTV Raps", it killed my interest, though. I'm glad they were giving black musicians airtime, but it was also the beginning of the end and what started what we have today for MTV.