Question: Who was the master of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”?
Last Question: What MTV show devoted to heavy metal music featured Adam Curry as host in 1988?
Answer: Headbangers Ball
MTV had a monthly show called Heavy Metal Mania, which was hosted by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. It showed heavy metal videos, as opposed to the pop/mainstream rock videos that normally aired at the time. It was replaced by Headbangers Ball, which added interviews with the bands in addition to the videos. The new show was originally hosted by Kevin Seal, until VJ Adam Curry took over. Eventually, Riki Rachtman hosted the show, and became the face of Headbangers Ball.
Headbangers Ball was one of the most popular music shows ever to air on MTV, on the air for nearly 8 years, and for a time, it was one of the network’s flagship shows. Then in 1995, MTV abruptly cancelled the show. This was probably due to the “grunge” movement, and the fact that MTV was starting to play less music.
However, MTV2 started the series back up in 2003. It is kind of erratic now. But, they do have a page on the MTV site where you can see episodes, and clips of the show.
Here is a 1987 episode with original host, Kevin Seal, interviewing Faster Pussycat:
And here is Adam Curry in 1988, interviewing Lizzy Borden. It looks like either of them could be in a Hair Band:
And here is Riki Rachtman with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth:
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