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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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