It's been nearly 29 years since Michael Jackson's "Thriller" first hit the airwaves, forever changing our expectations of what a music video could be. It cost a record-setting $500,000, sold more than 9 million units (yes, people used to actually buy music videos), and won big at both the Grammys and MTV Video Music Awards. But when it debuted on MTV just a few weeks before Christmas 1983, no one knew just how lasting an impact it would have on pop culture.Read More »from All The “Thriller” Freaks Come Out At Night: Best Video Tributes
Blog Posts by Shawn Amos
- Shawn Amos | Stop The Presses! – Sat, Oct 13, 2012 8:16 PM EDT
Thirty years ago MTV aired its first video, the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star." It was an apt choice, even though radio continued to cruise for another 20 years, until XM Radio and the Internet finally stamped it dead. MTV was the last great musical revolution. It kept this high school kid home on many afternoons when I should have been in class. It was the last time I cut school or work for anything.
What a difference 30 years makes.
This Monday, August 1, MTV celebrated its 30th birthday. It might as well have been the 30th birthday of KMET. Remember KMET? Of course you don't. It's an old Los Angeles classic-rock radio station. And it's dead. Dead just like radio. Dead just like MTV. The revolution is long over, and MTV is just another in a long line of corporate stooges trotting out corporate stooge bands trying to pass themselves off as something anti-establishment. It's filled with a bunch of reality nothingness celebrating a life of consumerism. The "M" used to stand forRead More »from Partying Like It’s 1981: MTV’s First 10 Videos
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