Mtv. To some of you out there this is a taboo word ha ha. When you see that you flip the bird at the music channel. For the most part I would agree with you. But Mtv to me at least when I was young (I am 51 these days) changed the way I looked at bands and helped me discover some new bands and also changed the way bands did things.
In the early days of MTV all they played was rock music. There was no dance and rap music crap on the channel. They actually got a lot of shit from the media for it, not right away, but over time. They then began to play that kind of music more and more and mixed it in with rock n roll and metal and then comes Headbanger’s Ball.
Now back in 1981, 82, 1983 and beyond (that’s when I watched the channel like every day for hours) you had no cell phones, no internet and cable was just a baby. The only way to see your favorite band was to go see them in concert. Now I knew about such bands as Saxon, Accept, Judas Priest, but seeing actual videos was insane at the time. The 1st time I saw Saxon’s “Denim and Leather” I was like a kid in a candy store. I also was a big fan of rock n roll and seeing bands like Van Halen, Journey, Sammy Hagar, etc was also a treat.
I remember when Mtv did a whole concert from Judas Priest during their “Screaming for Vengeance” tour and that was just mind blowing. Seeing Halford come out on that motorcycle and the double guitar headbanging was awesome. I was banging right along with them.
I even discovered some new bands on MTV over the years. I obviously hated all the dance and rap stuff and got away from the channel and didn’t watch it as much when I started doing my print fanzine in 1986. I was starting to get into the underground pretty much back then and even rock n roll took a backseat in the early years.
Now at some part during the channel’s history they started a show late on Saturday nights called Headbangers Ball. The host was a joke, Riki Rachtman and for the most part all they played was wimp ass poser bands such as Warrant, Poison, Motley Crue and bands alike. Usually the last 20 minutes they would play some thrash videos of such bands as Violence, Death Angel, Testament Kreator, etc. I would go nuts (this was before Youtube) unless you saw the band in your hometown this was the only way you were seeing them besides a still picture. I would actually sit through and laugh at a bunch of the poser make up bands until I could see a couple thrash metal groups.
The one thing I will always hate this channel for is that because MTV became so influential in the industry a lot of bands that I loved (rock and metal) wimped out their sound and in part was the label they were on. The label wanted bands to portray a certain image and look on their videos. The pretty boy look so to speak.
So to sum this up I have a love and hate relationship with the channel and while I found and discovered some great bands on MTV I hated what it became later on. Dance music and rock and metal were gone and then replaced with all these reality shows and they even still have the Mtv Video Music Awards. My question is why