First hour of MTV videos... August 1, 1981
My thoughts on the first hour of videos broadcast on MTV's 35th birthday. Also marking the debut of MTV Classic. Mostly 90s MTV, so they threw us 40-somethings a bone by airing the very first hour.
- •Video Killed the Radio Star, The BugglesMTV's first video. A novelty song at best, made into an iconic piece of pop culture. Is it a good song? Maybe. Hard to tell through all the nostalgia.
- •You Better Run, Pat BenatarThe 2nd video played on MTV. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" was out there, they should've went with that. I would've went with Joan Jett.
- •She Won't Dance with Me, Rod Stewart3rd video. Not bad, but again, I would have picked a different Rod Stewart song. I know the programmers had slim pickings, plus they were probably trying newer music.
- •You Better You Bet, The Who4th video played on MTV. Hard to go wrong with The Who. The video is played back at a faster pace than the actual original recording - so it's a little higher pitched.
- •Little Susie's on the Up, Ph.D.5th video. Decent song but a very forgotten song. However, any fan of hard rock knows this song from being covered by Tesla as "Little Suzy" in 1986. That's a great version.
- •We Don't Talk Anymore, Cliff Richard6th video broadcast on MTV. Classic rock song with a corny video. Song still holds up today. Burn that video.
- •Brass in Pocket, Pretenders7th video, closing out the first half hour. Favorite video & song so far. Still holds up today. From the first Pretenders record, you know the one, the one with "Kid"...
- •Time Heals, Todd RundgrenVideo #8. Not a good song, worse video. Maybe it was better in 1981 but it does not hold up today. Rundgren songs were very hit or miss. This is a miss.
- •Take It On The Run, REO SpeedwagonThe first concert video aired, from the Live Infidelity album available on VHS. This song is a classic rock staple.
- •Rockin' Paradise, StyxActually Rockin' The Paradise, the title was wrong on the MTV broadcast. The performance was recorded live but not a concert video. Classic Styx, but I still think Dennis DeYoung is more of a theatrical performer than a rock star.
- •When Things Go Wrong, Robin Lane & The ChartbustersWhen Things Go Wrong, like when you are completely forgotten.
- •History Never Repeats, Split Enz12 songs in. I know there still are better videos out there they could have crammed into the first hour. 35 years of separation from 1981 might be skewing my perspective. Maybe I would have been OK with this song at the time, but the commercial that aired right before just teased The Talking Heads, so play that.
- •Hold On Loosely, .38 SpecialHow we're talking, goddammit. Great song. It's another live video. Good thing. They might have cornballed it up once everybody started making videos on purpose for MTV. That nearly killed Hall and Oates... Listen to Daryl Hall talk about making the video for Out Of Touch, you'll understand.
- •Private Eyes, Hall and OatesFuck yes. Close out the first hour of MTV's broadcast history with Hall and Fucking Oates. Favorite song of the hour. 14 songs total. More videos than MTV played the first 14 years of this century.