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Thrash
Tue Nov 25 2008, 05:47AM Print
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I'm always asked what the first videos on MTV are ...
I tell them, simple, "Video Killed The Radio Star" - The Buggles, was the first ...

People challenge me quite a bit on this, however, I know for a fact that one of the first videos was also Peter Schilling's "Major Tom", only there was a twist to it ...
While I can't find the ORIGINAL video I remember, I knew for a fact that it was in GERMAN ...
I have found a performance where he does, in fact, perform the song in German ...
[Click, Dick]

The original song/video aired on MTV in German and was a hit, so they added an English version shortly thereafter ...
Remember, videos were more the rage in EUROPE [i]before[/i[ they hit here, and they only had a handful of US/English videos ...

I'll find the original video I'm speaking of, as well as the first 10 or so videos played that opening day. Meanwhile, enjoy ...


EDIT: Bad Video URL; corrected ... Edited Tue Nov 25 2008, 05:59AM
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Thrash
Tue Nov 25 2008, 05:53AM
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Here's an English version, but I can't find the German version ...
[Click, Dick]
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Thrash
Tue Nov 25 2008, 05:58AM
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Here's a list of the first videos, as far as I can find:
This is a list of the first music videos aired on MTV ...
These music videos were played on MTV's first day, August 1, 1981:

# "Video Killed the Radio Star" by Buggles - MTV Video
# "You Better Run" by Pat Benatar - MTV Video
# "She Won't Dance" by Rod Stewart - MTV Video (Contains use of the word "fuck" by Stewart [1]. A VH1 broadcast of the video posted on YouTube suggests the word was never edited from the video [2].)
# "You Better You Bet" by The Who - MTV Video
# "Little Suzi's on the Up" by Ph.D. - MTV Video
# "We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard - MTV Video
# "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders - MTV Video
# "Time Heals" by Todd Rundgren - MTV Video
# "Take It On the Run" by REO Speedwagon - MTV Video
# "Rockin' the Paradise" by Styx - MTV Video
# "When Things Go Wrong" by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters- MTV Video
# "History Never Repeats" by Split Enz - MTV Video
# "Hold On Loosely" by 38 Special - MTV Video
# "Just Between You and Me" by April Wine - [3]
# "Sailing" by Rod Stewart - MTV Video
# "Iron Maiden" by Iron Maiden - MTV Video
# "Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon - MTV Video
# "Message of Love" by The Pretenders - MTV Video
# "Mr. Briefcase" by Lee Ritenour - MTV Video
# "Double Life" by The Cars - MTV Video
# "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins - MTV Video
# "Looking For Clues" by Robert Palmer - MTV Video
# "Too Late" by Shoes
# "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - MTV Video
# "Surface Tension" by Rupert Hine
# "One Step Ahead" by Split Enz
# "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty
# "I'm Gonna Follow You" by Pat Benatar
# "Savannah Nights" by Tom Johnston
# "Lucille" by Rockestra
# "The Best of Times" by Styx - MTV Video
# "Vengeance" by Carly Simon
# "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden
# "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" by Blotto
# "Passion" by Rod Stewart - MTV Video
# "Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello - MTV Video
# "Don't Let Him Go" by REO Speedwagon
# "Remote Control/Illegal" by The Silencers
# "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton
# "Little Sister" by Rockpile with Robert Plant
# "Hold On to the Night" by Bootcamp
# "Dreaming" by Cliff Richard
# "Is it You?" by Lee Ritenour
# "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac - MTV Video
# "He Can't Love You" by Michael Stanley Band
# "Tough Guys" by REO Speedwagon
# "Rapture" by Blondie - MTV Video
# "Don't Let Go the Coat" by The Who - MTV Video
# "Ain't Love a Bitch" by Rod Stewart
# "Talk of the Town" by The Pretenders - MTV Video

Ok, so maybe Major Tom wasn't one of the FIRST, but it's still an 80's pioneer ...
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Thrash
Tue Nov 25 2008, 06:05AM
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I think the version I'm looking for is here, but I can't view it:
[Click, Dick]
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Thrash
Tue Nov 25 2008, 06:11AM
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While we're on it, here's another song ported to/from German:
Info: Aqua is a Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group, perhaps best known for their 1997 breakthrough single:
[Click, Dick]


EDIT: Added a better feed to listen to. Edited Tue Nov 25 2008, 06:15AM
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danzig
Tue Nov 25 2008, 12:48PM
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Sweet, I didn't know a couple Maiden songs were some of the first. And fucking good songs at that.
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Thrash
Tue Nov 25 2008, 10:47PM
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Yeah, MTV actually gave a shit when they first started ...

Oh, and they played MUSIC as well ...
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FAH-Q
Wed Nov 26 2008, 12:11AM
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I'd be interested to hear what Jello or any of the other members of DK think about fuckin' MTV today. I mean, MTV in 1985 probably sucked if you were as non-mainstream as they were, but I'd take the 80s version of MTV (or VH1 for that matter) over their modern-day counterparts anytime!
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Lusive
Wed Nov 26 2008, 12:15AM
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You mean where they ACTUALLY played videos? When does either channel actually PLAY videos anymore? Every time I pass by either of them, it's always some stupid reality tv show.
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FAH-Q
Wed Nov 26 2008, 02:38AM
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Earlyish in the morning one of them plays videos still, I think. Amy sometimes puts it on then. I tend to just skip both channels without even looking at what's on. Blech.
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Thrash
Wed Nov 26 2008, 06:12AM
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Think about this; they had to make an MTV2 to play music, and it's even rare there now ...
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danzig
Sat Nov 29 2008, 05:49PM
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Yeah it's really sad that they made MTV2 specifically to be more like MTV used to be and it quickly turned to shit. Isn't there an MTV3 now?

I'm actually glad that VH1 has evolved into the celebrity centered reality show monster that it is today. At least it entertains me. I stopped liking any kind of music that they might play on TV a good decade ago, so it doesn't really matter to me. What does piss me off though is when channels like VH1 have lists of the best "metal" bands or anything else that has to do with metal because they wouldn't know fucking metal if it fucked them in the ear.
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Thrash
Sat Nov 29 2008, 10:27PM
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If there's ANYTHING to do with MUSIC in a title of a network, it should be about MUSIC ...
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