Guest blog by Kyle Waldrup
Recently MTV celebrated its 30th anniversary and it got me thinking about all the time I spent watching the channel during those formative teenage years. This would have been about 1995 through 2003 roughly, and during that time, MTV still stood for “Music Television” and that’s the way it was and we liked it! (I feel old.) I don’t know what happened, but somewhere along the way, the network became less focused on music, and more focused on reality shows. (I have a feeling Ashton Kutcher’s to blame.) Sadly, the change in programming became so undeniable, that in 2010, the network just said, “fuck it” and dropped the words “Music Television” from their iconic logo forever and ever amen. Whenever I read that news, my heart sank a little. It was truly an end to an era.
Regardless of how you may feel about MTV nowadays, you can’t deny the network was a trailblazer that gave us some great moments in music and entertainment. So I decided to go for a walk down memory lane/YouTube binge and find some of those moments (or at least my favorites). So turn your cap backwards, break out those flannel shirts you got hiding in the back of your closet, and while you’re at it, dig up that sappy 90’s mixtape you made for your high school sweetheart. It’s about to get nostalgic up in this bitch.
One of MTV’s best shows and definitely Cobain’s last great moment. I really can’t say anything about Nirvana that hasn’t been said before so just watch and enjoy. Hey look, Pat Smear in da house!
Without a doubt, this is my favorite moment from the VMA’s. Forget Madonna and her wedding dress. I vividly remember watching this monologue when it first aired and loving every minute of it. All of the world’s biggest pop stars at the end of the millennium getting torn apart by one of the world’s funniest guys. Priceless. The best part is the bit about J. Lo’s ass. And think about this: this was in 1999. This was pre-Y2K and pre-crazy Britney Spears. Justin Timberlake was still in NSYNC. Eminem and Kid Rock were just getting started. And for some reason, Limp Bizkit was popular.
News has recently broken that these guys are making a comeback, and I couldn’t be more excited. Do you remember how big this show got? Seriously, it was everywhere. This was South Park before South Park. They had a segment in every MTV awards show, they appeared on Letterman, they had their own movie and they even made this weird “live-action” appearance on ABC’s TGIF.
A great live performance by Radiohead on MTV’s Beach House. For some reason the lyrics to “Creep” hit with profound resonance in this particular setting. And check out Thom Yorke’s hair!
Who are these guys and what are they doing on MTV? Never heard of them. Probably faded into obscurity.