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In other words, MTV doesn't play music and CNN doesn't show news. But in 1981, each was a modern media marvel.

Here's the first two hours of MTV, from 1981.

At the time, this blew my mind. Now it seems so distant.

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Martha Quinn was hot.

Having said that, keying in “MTV VJ” as a Google search, the first result was a “Where Are They Now” article by … you guessed it.


AARP.
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AARP.
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The way of all flesh (and flash).

When friends asked why I didn't watch MTV much back in the day, I said I preferred my music "straight up", and had a perfectly good hi-fi system for the purpose. That being said, for what it was, early MTV was quite good, right up to the point where some suit strolled into the boardroom and started mumbling something about "monetization"...
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In 1981 I loved going to dance in the disco ... I know, I've always liked 80s dance music.
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... and had a perfectly good hi-fi system for the purpose.
I bet you had a tubed Mac Intosh (... also Jess? )
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The part of Connecticut where I grew up was once rural. We didn't have cable, and thus not MTV, until the mid-to-late1980s (and regardless, I was like six years old in 1981), so thanks for letting me experience the first two hours of something I missed! Also, this post probably deserves an "NSR" tag. lol.
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Well, MTV inspired this, so can't be all bad...

Funny how things develope.

MTV brought visuals to the music game like never before.

A while ago TikTok app twisted this holy relation for the half of the world's youngsters to something entirely else. Interestingly, brough back many oldies and goodies too for new generarions.

.. at the same time Spotify not only took the pictures away, but also puts artists somewhere in the background and brought up the 'DJs' and playlists... which, in away is going back to tape mixes
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Also, this post probably deserves an "NSR" tag. lol.
Fair, though it seems pretty self-evident from the title.
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Ah, MTV.

Perfect timing. Fresh out of school, living in a new town, alone for the first time in my life, with nothing to do after work, had cable for the first time in my life.....and MTV happened.

Yeah, I watched a bit of it. Laughing emoticon
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Oh my goodness. I rode a 350 Jawa but wanted a P200E. I had a VW type 3 fastback with its engine in the back and a radio that even got FM. I was about to start biology at McMaster University and the girl who would later be my wife hadn’t met me yet although she lived only about 4km away... she still says she wouldn’t have liked me then as life was all about beers and street racing. Scary memories.

3 years later I was in college taking engineering, we were inseparable and spent friday nights watching MTV and snogging...

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Just... wow. (and, Ffff ...I am old.)
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I believe that I watched those two hours live.

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It's amazing to think about how much things have changed in our lifetimes. I like to show my students computer stuff from when I was young and it's so awkward
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It's amazing to think about how much things have changed in our lifetimes. I like to show my students computer stuff from when I was young and it's so awkward
I remember when microwave ovens started becoming popular.
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I remember Hans and Fritz Katzenjammer, and Der Captain, and Mama.....

How did I get here?
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3 years later I was in college taking engineering, we were inseparable and spent friday nights watching MTV and snogging...

After a good street race...
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I was playing pee-wee hockey and my first scooters were with their first owners. CNN still has news during the day at least and I'm guilty of watching it before while getting ready for bed. I used to listen to Adam Curry's (first MTV v-jay) podcast but he starting leaning too far right for me.
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We had a 30 minute TV show called RTR (ready to roll). 5:30pm on Saturdays, always glued to the telly. That was it for music videos.

Solid Gold was great though. Oh my god those dancers.
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It's amazing to think about how much things have changed in our lifetimes. I like to show my students computer stuff from when I was young and it's so awkward
I have a VIC 20 sitting on the shelf that would probably confuse the heck out of them!
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Destiny.
Damn right it was destiny!

I was out enjoying tearing up the streets on my faithful Jawa with one of my buddies and his Yamaha when I see this chick at the side of the road on a dead 50. I stop to help, as one always should, and while I’m fixing her bike my buddy strolls back, looks at the name on the 50’s tank... Jawa... turns to me and quietly says “you’ll marry this one” Here in Canada Jawa was always a very rare brand, the only Jawas my friend had ever seen were in my garage, so he figured it had to be. Four years later he sat in the front row of the church grinning at me while we tied the not.

Yep, twas destiny.

That was 37 years ago this week.

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Damn right it was destiny!


That was 37 years ago this week.

And yes... I still have the Jawa. 1977, One owner from new.
Great story!
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Great story!
While it hasn’t all been roses and poems we’ve had a very good life together. Only one house fire, one totalled car, a few dumped bikes, two blown engines and a few broken bones and very, very few arguments... pretty good really.

Even managed to have bikes at the wedding one with mufflers, one without.

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The year I graduated HS. We lived in an area without cable and probably could not have afforded it anyway so I never actually saw MTV until my first duty assignment in the Air Force 3 years later. We had cable in the day room of each floor of the barracks. I got quite addicted.
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Dan V. wrote:
I remember Hans and Fritz Katzenjammer, and Der Captain, and Mama.....

How did I get here?
I don't remember shit. Well, I can remember MTV from the 80s and the really good music from the 60s... but, apparently, I can't remember what the Blonde told me to do just an hour ago. She says I don't listen... or something like that.
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