10 Unforgettable MTV Moments
I’m young (ok, old) enough to admit that MTV changed my life. TOTALLY changed my life.
I went from being that teen-ager who would stay up all night playing records while reading the liner notes to being that young “on my own/have my first job/old enough to drink” woman who stayed up all night watching my favorite singers on TV.
Reading took a back seat – my liner notes were replaced by the on-screen TV graphics of the group’s name and song title.
MTV made me feel alive; made me feel proud of my generation, my music and my preferred choice of culture – watching TV.
As the new book, "I Want My MTV The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution" by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum hits stores, I thought I would share some thoughts on the network. (You can read Marks and Tannenbaum's Guest Author Blog here)
My 10 favorite MTV Moments are:
1. D’uh – The Launch
Ok, I didn’t actually see the actual launch – but just like all those people who said they were at Woodstock, I really do feel like I was there. I’ve seen it so many times!
I’ve been in TV and the media for more than (cough, cough) 30 years now so it’s so funny to watch the “big launch.” It was “cutting edge” at the time, but now, it just seems cute, kind of sweet, and yes, amateurish. But hey, every revolution has to begin with a small step (cue the astronaut now, please) and when that rocket blasted off, we were the revolution.
Ladies and Gentlemen...Rock 'n Roll
SCARING CATHOLIC GIRLS EVERYWHERE
2. Madonna Like A Virgin - Live at MTV Awards 1984
She made me feel shiny and new!
Holy cow! Madonna's sexually charged performance at the 1984 VMAs was nothing prim, proper or "Like a Virgin."
I had never, ever, evah seen anyone do that on TV! Long before every celeb had their private sextapes "stolen" and they "magically" appeared everywhere - Madonna owned the stage.
Sister Mary Katherine who used to rap my knuckles with the ruler at Our Lady of Perpetual Dreaming of Getting Outta Here was wrong! Dirty thoughts, I mean dirty dancing would make you rich – and a cultural icon.
You gotta give it to The Material Girl – for the oh-so many fabulous MTV moments we have to thank her for (Remember the Madonna/Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera Kiss, Courtney Love’s Drunken Drop-in, Like a Prayer, etc, etc, etc)
Our Madonna was (is) MTV magic.
Pucker up time:
And for those who may have missed it, here's Courtney's, “Am I interrupting here?" classic interruption