30 Years Ago: I Want My MTV

Regular readers of The World According to Jennifer are probably aware that I spent a lot of time watching MTV when I was a kid. If you are new to the blog, or somehow missed those posts, or forgot that I wrote them, or pretended to read them, but really didn’t… you can check them out here, here and here.

I was in front of my TV on August 1st, 1981 at the exact moment the moon man first appeared with the MTV emblazoned flag. When it came to Music Television, I was, as we like to say now, an early adopter.  So… is it any surprise that I would acknowledege the network’s 30th anniversary? Well, maybe a bit of a surprise since along with posts professing my love, I also wrote about how ticked I was to be kicked to the curb now that I am no longer a member of MTV’s desired demographic.

Admittedly, I wasn’t thinking about being shunned when I tweeted the following:

Which led to this:


And… a Billy Squier reference! Unfortunately, I can’t share that tweet because the person who tweeted it has their Twitter account set to private.

Anyway, all of this got me thinking that I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could come up with one bit of #MTVturnsthirty trivia every day between now and August 1st.

I’ll probably tweet the trivia relatively early in the day– here. That is of course unless I am struggling to come up with something, in which case it could be midnight or… (not at all).


10 responses

  1. Happy Birthday, MTV!

    So does this mean I was the first with the almost correct (or correct) answer? Do I win an Amana Radar Range? Jiffy Pop Popcorn? A Jolt Cola? Or some other era appropriate prize? 🙂

    Look forward to your celebratory tweets. I have fond memories of a channel I don’t even recognize anymore.

    Speaking of Billy Squier, can you believe the short time it took to go from this: http://goo.gl/RrKov to this??!!: http://goo.gl/VhPgF (He’s said on a few occasions that the latter video essentially killed what was a promising career.

  2. I could award you a lifetime supply of Pop Rocks–or is that too 1970s?

    I just realized that the beginning of “Rock Me Tonight” sounds just like Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice.” Maybe it was not being original, and not music videos, that killed his career?

    I can only be but so harsh about Billy Squier–I’ve already admitted (on numerous occasions) that he is one of my guilty pleasure artists.

    Thanks for the comment Shan. I am counting on you to chime in during the next 16 days!

  3. I remember the first time I saw the moon man and the flag. I was at a friend’s house because we didn’t have cable. And then I think it was “Video Killed the Radio Star….” or whatever that song is called. I will never forget it!

  4. Pingback: VH1 Classic celebrates MTV's 30th birthday with a 3-day celebration beginning July 30, 2011 | Ifelicious Thoughts

  5. It wasn’t until late 1983 that I had my MTV, but I have many fond memories of old music videos, some of which I post from Youtube on my blog from time to time. Sadly, the MTV I knew died quite a while back and has been replaced with a network that features nothing but self-absorbed, narcissistic loser reality shows who’d rather broadcast their asses to the world than behave like human beings. Oh wait, that’s an out of touch Gen. X’er talking. Never mind.

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