Russell Mulcahy is best known for directing Highlander
(as well as its...less-popular
...sequel) and is currently doing a Teen Wolf
series for MTV. But speaking of MTV, he got his start doing music videos. A lot
of music videos. In fact, if you remember a video from the early days of MTV, it's probably one of Mulcahy's. [more inside]
posted by Legomancer
on May 14, 2012 -
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 25, 2011 -
is a tumblr page put together by a fan of the long running MTV alt-rock show, with links to dozens (at least) of videos from the show's heyday. There's no search nor sort that I could find, but the site makes for fun browsing for fans of that particular musical era. [more inside]
posted by jonson
on Sep 7, 2007 -
I want my MTV.
MTV is now mostly reality, titillation TV, rarely showing music videos anymore. YouTube fills the void somewhat, but sometimes you want to just sit back and let someone else take care of the programming. MusicPlusTV is sort of like the old MTV, but they stream to your computer instead of to your TV.
posted by caddis
on Dec 15, 2006 -
MTV turns 25 today.
Music Television, otherwise known as MTV
, was launched with its first broadcast on 1 August 1981, 25 years ago today. Famously, the first video broadcast was the Buggles'
"Video Killed the Radio Star." Ironically, MTV evidently isn't going to acknowledge its anniversary on-air in any way, with a spokeswoman saying that "We made the decision when MTV was founded to always stay young and evolve with our audience. To do that, it has been important to serve our audience at that moment, not our audience of yesterday." This is about par for the course, though, since when was the last time that MTV actually broadcast music videos
? A broader question: does anybody who wasn't weaned on MTV (or anybody who was, for that matter) care anymore
posted by blucevalo
on Aug 1, 2006 -
Madonna's being sued for stealing images from Guy Boudin's photography and using them in her Hollywood video. Here are side by sides.
When does imitation/homage become theft? And who gets to decide? Should she have been sued for using this image
in her vogue video?
posted by archimago
on Sep 30, 2003 -
MTV bans Public Enemy
's video "Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need" because the video contains the lyric "Free Mumia and H Rap Brown". MTV are willing to air the video if the lyric is cut. Public Enemy front-man Chuck D is vocal in his response
. Responsible action or censorship in its worst form?
posted by nthdegx
on Sep 14, 2002 -
the next big thing in music? They're a Russian teen-pop duo
with a twist -- lesbianism. They appear on stage in wet t-shirts and white panties. One of their videos shows them wearing schoolgirl outfits and kissing in the rain, while another shows them building a bomb and getting naked on a carousel.
There are reports that the girls aren't actually lesbians, and that it's all just a gimmick to make their Svengali-like producer rich (surprise, surprise). We all know that controversy can sell records. If T.A.T.U. manages to get the right people upset, could they become stars in the U.S.? MTV and MTV2 started playing the video last week...
posted by Reggie452
on Jul 17, 2002 -
A soundtrack to MTV's The Osbournes
is in the making starting with this...Ozzy Osbourne's youngest daughter, Kelly Osbourne, will sing Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," with Incubus guitarist Mike Einzinger and drummer Jose Pasillas as her backing band.
What other songs would you put on there?
posted by BarneyFifesBullet
on Apr 4, 2002 -
Every Third Word Is A Bleep
Hey, hey, it's The Osbournes.Yep, Ozzy has his own TV show now.I just thought America needed to see what a normal family was really like
says Mrs. Osbourne.Ozzy won't be getting subtitles, though.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet
on Jan 16, 2002 -
I want my MTV.
There was a time when the only ads MTV showed were ads for the network itself. These are some of them. (from the U.K. so they might differ from the slate of ads run in the U.S.) Brings back many fond memories of the animated letters M, T, and V. (link courtesy of Saima)
Please proceed directly to "MTV used to show videos!" and then continue to more forced commiseration and remembrances of media conglomerate advertising as a substitute for a rich shared cultural heritage.
posted by anildash
on Apr 5, 2001 -
MTV Video Awards nominees have been announced
...and there's no "best alternative video" category anymore. What the hell! Granted, MTV has never been noted as a supporter of good music (remember 120 minutes
? that got the boot a while ago), but seeing those early "alternative" bands rock out on screen was what initially got me into music as a kid - I cringe at the thought that there's a whole new batch of 11 year olds out there who see the guitar as nothing more than a prop in a choreography routine.
At least I can take solace in the fact that Weezer
is finally touring the East Coast - all is not wrong with the world.
posted by NickBarat
on Jul 25, 2000 -