Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
It was the summer of 1981. On August 1st, I sat in front of the television in my parents' bedroom, eagerly awaiting a brand new cable channel that supposed to revolutionize music AND TV. My father had read about this debut, and wanted to make sure I watched the birth of music television. Although it was summer, I was normally in bed by 11, but not that night.
The screen lit up with footage of a space shuttle taking off, and then an astronaut walking on the moon. The flag blazed with the MTV logo, and the bedroom filled with an electric guitar riff that would soon become iconic. The first thing I noticed after the intro was Mark Goodman's fro. Then we got to meet all the "VJs" that would play music videos 24/7.
MTV's very first music video was the Buggles' appropriately titled song, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Looking back,
this debut video has proven to be so darn prophetic. After that, I was introduced to Pat Benatar, and I was able to put a sexy face to the sexy voice I had heard on the radio.
I was hooked. Rod Stewart was next, and then The Who. The rest of the videos are a blur, but I do remember seeing a lot of REO Speedwagon and Rod Stewart.
The Video Jockeys were cool, especially Martha Quinn, and it took a little bit of time for them to get comfortable with their revolutionary new roles. This was a new way to experience music, and I'll always remember the day MTV was born.