I was three years old on August 1, 1981. That’s the day MTV launched with the first ever music video played on a channel devoted solely to music. There were VJs — the television equivalent of disc jockeys — and catch phrases like “I WANT MY MTV” and then the Video Music Awards in 1984. There was Billy Joel and Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac and Pat Benatar and The Pointer Sisters and The Bangles walking like Egyptians.
But isn’t that a whole lot of MUSIC, one might ask? How does that even begin to make sense for a channel called Music TV?
Oh right…never mind. [Read more...]