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What Happened To MTV?

by 'Mean' Mike Duffau (writer), I'm the boss!, September 08, 2007


My music education began on August 1st 1981 while watching the birth of MTV, Music Television. It was as simple as that...bands playing on the television set. I was glued to the screen and I couldn't get enough of AC/DC, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Pretenders, Genesis, and so on and so on...I was about 7 or 8 years old at the time and I got so much from watching MTV during those infancy years that I could hold my own with teenagers of that time. I remember them asking me how did I know so much about music? "MTV man!" I really believed that I was ahead of my time. I felt like I was a child prodogy because I could name the title of the song and the band who played it just by listening to the intro. Oh yeah! I was a rockin' little dude. MTV had big balls with balls out videos like Back In Black. I was mesmerized by Angus Young's head banging while playing those loud power chords. Man, it didn't get better than that. It was plain and pure f'in simple, but that was 26 years ago.
Now, You couldn't pay me to watch MTV. In fact, I don't have cable anymore do to the fact that MTV became a main stream media. (which I like to call fake) It was down with Twisted Sister and up with Tupac Shakur.
AC/DC couldn't get air-time anymore and rap and hip-hop took over like a parasite.
Reality shows were springing up like hard ons in a wet dream, and MTV totally became a commercial hit all over the world. After the hairbands cut off the hairs of their receding success we now have the bubblegum MTV music awards which gives notority to the talentless musicians. I will shut up right now if anyone could name a main stream singer who is better than Janis Joplin! Please don't tell me that fantasia even comes close! MTV has lost it's testosterone and slowly had a metamorphosis change to estrogen along with her sister channels.

Was nsync really in synch? I don't think they went from Boyz to Men. I think its's quite the opposite, and if you ask me I think they came from The 'Back'street Boys! Frankly, they all are New Kids on the Block. I think The Go Gos have more balls than these kids...or boys.

It went from bad to worse when on January 1st 1985 launched VH-1. It was a drastic change to a 12 year old kid like myself seeing the evolution of music videos. VH-1 is the perfect solution to the soft core music lovers that focuses on the lighter softer side of popular music. CRAP!
To add to the nonsense there is now a station called MTV TR3S that came out last year. This franchise documents the latino culture, music, and artists. It's main target leans toward bilinguel latinos. Why would I watch this channel? It doesn't pertain to me at the least and I don't speak the language. I wouldn't mind leaning towards a few of those latina women on the show. How they got casted? I don't know. It's like going to a strip club and watching beautiful chicks dance naked in front of you, and you can't touch them. But in my sick perverted mind I'd cast them in porn and the rest is history. Plain and pure f'in simple.
There's no turning back the clock. It's a money making machine. Look up MTV in the dictionary it's defined as 'Money Television.' My motto in this case is "nothing beats old school!"

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on October 25, 2007 at 12:23 am
your secret is safe with us all! thanks again!
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By Cindy on December 06, 2007 at 12:49 am
I had, and still do, mixed feelings about MTV . . . I love it, I hate it, I love it, I hate it . . . ad nauseum.
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By TheFatGuy on January 09, 2010 at 08:48 pm

I am a fan of a lot of music and I agree to a point with what was said in this article. I agree that MTV will never be the MTV we remember. Where music mattered and the lives of some drunk trailerpark reject with mommy daddy issues couldn't make up their her mind on what little bit of clothes she was gonna wear to the club only to have yet another guy rip them off of her shortly after the drunk hot tub scene. Now that I got that out the way, I would like to address the hip hop statement. I don't care whether they play hip hop, r&b, soul, country, reggae, or whatever style of music they want to play as long as they play music. How are you going to have an award show for music videos and not show any music videos on your show? Thats a little ironic isn't it. I just wanted to get that out there. We weill never have another channel like MTV once was.

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By TheFatGuy on January 09, 2010 at 08:50 pm

I missed a word up there. That was supposed to say, "Where music mattered and not the lives of some........". My apologies.

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on January 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

thanks for reading...glad you enjoyed

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