I Want My Original MTV

If you recognize the folks in this image, chances are you're like me and miss the good ol' days of MTV when they just played videos. Everytime I turn on the channel now (which has become rarer and rarer), they're playing a reality show or the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" for a new generation (i.e. "Cribs"). Sure, you have MTV2, VH1, and so forth, but they're hardly any better. This same sort of dynamic has played out on mainstream Top 40 radio stations recently (wonderfully expressed in the song "The Last DJ" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).

Back in '83, I could tune in and catch Martha Quinn playing The Fixx, Hall & Oates, The Waitresses, Scorpions, and Men Without Hats - a heavenly hash of early eighties music with low budget video productions. Now, when you happen to actually catch a video being played, it's a bunch of bling, bleeps and booty shakin'. I guess "It's all good in the hood" as they say.

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