This week’s selection is in honor of Tom Petty’s 60th birthday – “Don’t Come Around Here No More”:
“Don’t Come Around Here No More” was released off of Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 1985 album, Southern Accents. The video was pretty cool with the Alice in Wonderland theme. That is Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics sitting on the mushroom at the beginning of the video. Stewart and Petty collaborated on the song.
Pat Benatar and her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo will be on Private Sessions on A&E this Sunday, October 17 at 9am/8am Central. They will discuss how MTV changed their lives, sexism in the music industry, and their 30 year personal and musical relationship. And, they will be playing unplugged performances of Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” “You Better Run,” “Let’s Stay Together,” and “I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend.”
What an exciting time! Cable television was brand new to most of us. Not only could you watch movies without using a VCR, or get sports news from somewhere other then the last 3 minutes of the local news, but now we could watch music videos 24/7!
On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., MTV launched with the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” spoken by John Lack.
Yeah, yeah, everybody knows The Buggles had the first video ever shown on MTV. But do you know who had the second? Here is a video of the first 10 minutes of MTV:
“I Want My MTV!!!”
We didn’t get cable in our area until a year or 2 after the launch. So, by the time we got cable, we had already heard all about MTV, and were foaming at the mouth waiting to get it. And it did not disappoint. There were all kinds of fun videos, and we were introduced to new music that we may not have listened to if we only heard it on the radio.
And the VJ’s were also really cool. The original 5 were Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and the iconic Martha Quinn. Unfortunately, J.J. Jackson died on March 17, 2004 at the age of 62 from a heart attack. However, if you have XM or Sirius Radio, you can listen to the rest of the VJ’s on the channel 80’s on 8. They each DJ in about 4 or 5 hour blocks, and they all host the weekly show Big 40 Countdown where they count down the 40 biggest hits of this week during a certain year in the ’80s. Last week’s episode was the biggest hits of the week in 1988.
The Beginning of the End
By the late ’80s, the format started to slowly change. First there was the news show, The Week in Rock. And then there was the cool game show Remote Control. Then in the ’90s, the cartoon show Liquid Television premiered on MTV, which featured the cultural phenomenon, Beavis and Butthead:
Old: MTV = Music Television; New: MTV = Moron Television
And then The Real World premiered. With all of these various types of shows being added to MTV, music was slowly being phased out. Now, it is kind of a sad joke about how MTV doesn’t show videos anymore. Now it is known more for Jersey Shore and The Hills than it is for being a music pioneer. There used to be Michael Jackson, Madonna, ZZ Top, and Def Leppard on MTV. Now it has been “Speidi”, “Snooki”, and “The Situation”.
Time has moved on. But at least we had our MTV for a little while.
“Take On Me” was released from Norwegian band a-ha’s first album Hunting High and Low. With the help of this groundbreaking video, the song reached number 1 in the U.S. in October 1985. At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the video for “Take on Me” won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice—and was nominated for two others, Best Group Video and Video of the Year.
a-ha did not have any other major hits in the U.S. after “Take On Me”, but they remained very successful internationally. The went on hiatus in 1994, then reunited in 1998. On October 15, 2009, the band announced that they are calling it quits after their 2010 tour.
Blondie is going to appear on A&E’s Private Sessions this coming Sunday October 10 at 9AM / 8c. On this episode, Blondie will debut two new songs off of their upcoming release Panic of Girls. They will play some of their classics as well.
As I said in my article announcing the Judas Priest episode, this is an excellent show for music lovers. Lynn Hoffman is an excellent interviewer, and the artists usually have a great song selection. I know they will at least be playing Heart of Glass and Call Me.
Here is a look behind the scenes of the upcoming episode:
This week’s selection is Prince and the Revolution’s “Let’s Go Crazy”, which was #1 this week in 1984:
“Let’s Go Crazy” was from the album, and the film Purple Rain. This is a hard rocking song for Prince. I am not a huge Prince fan, but this is one of my favorites of his along with “Little Red Corvette” and “When Doves Cry”. I didn’t care too much for the song “Purple Rain”, but it has grown on me over the years.
I have never seen the movie Purple Rain, so I can’t comment on that. If anybody has seen the movie, please leave a comment about it, and let us know what you thought of it.
Today’s selection is in honor of David Coverdale’s 59th birthday today – the classic Whitesnake video Here I Go Again:
“Here I Go Again” was originally released on Whitesnake’s 1982 album, Saints & Sinners. But, the version we are all familiar with is the one that was re-recorded, and appeared on their 1987 album Whitesnake. The 1987 version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 10, 1987.
The video was made memorable by Tawny Kitaen’s appearance, wearing white lingerie and prancing on the hood of Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale’s Jaguar XJ and massaging him while he is trying in vain to concentrate on driving.
David Coverdale and Tawny Kitaen were married from 1989–1991. Most of us had seen Tawny Kitaen for the first time in the movie Bachelor Party as the bride-to-be of Tom Hanks’ character.
She became associated with the glam metal scene when her legs appeared on the cover of Ratt’s self-titled album. Then, in ripped-up clothes, she appeared on the cover of Ratt’s Out of the Cellar. She also can be seen at the beginning of the Ratt video “Back for More” as the girl in the 50s-style skirt at the juke box.
In addition to “Here I Go Again”, Kitaen also appeared in Whitsnake’s videos for “Is This Love” and “Still of the Night.” In 1989, she appeared in video for “The Deeper the Love.”
She was co-host of America’s Funniest People with Dave Coulier from 1992 to 1994. But, then Tawny Kitaen became a mess. She was married to baseball pitching star Chuck Finley. In 2002, Kitaen was charged with committing domestic violence against him. Three days later, Finley filed for divorce. After a plea bargain, Kitaen agreed to “enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley.” The couple was married for five years and have two daughters, Wynter and Raine.
Kitaen was one of the cast of the sixth edition of The Surreal Life, a reality television show on VH1, which began airing in March 2006.
In November 2006, prosecutors charged Kitaen with possessing 15 grams of cocaine in her San Juan Capistrano home in Orange County. They said her two children were home at the time, and Kitaen had given deputies permission for the search. In December 2006, she entered a six-month rehabilitation program in exchange for the dismissal of a felony drug possession charge.
Then in 2008, Kitaen appeared on the VH1 reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Shockingly, the show does not seem to help the celebrities that go there! On
September 26, 2009, Kitaen was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California.
Whitesnake has slowed down over the years. But, in 2009, Whitesnake began touring with Judas Priest. In August of that year, David Coverdale suffered a vocal injury. The remainder of their tour with Judas Priest was cancelled. Then earlier this year, Coverdale announced that his voice seems to have fully recovered. He said that he is recording new demos, and hoping to release a new Whitesnake album.
Last Week’s Question: Who griped of his duo’s MTV image: “It’s not as simple as me being the melodic one or John being the one with the mustache”?
Answer: Daryl Hall
Hall & Oates are one of the most successful duos of all time. They had 6 #1 hits: “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, “Maneater”, and “Out of Touch”. In total, they had 34 top 40 hits. In 1990, they had their last top 40 hit “So Close”. But, they have continued to tour successfully over the years. In 2003, Daryl Hall and John Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
They have had a resurgence of late. Their 1980 hit “You Make My Dreams” was featured in a montage of Adam Sandler’s ’80s tribute movie, The Wedding Singer, and most recently, it was featured in the movie (500) Days of Summer last year.
I don’t know what to think about this. Queen is one of my all time favorite bands, and Freddie Mercury is my favorite singer. Now Borat is going to be playing him in a movie.
Here is the article from the Associated Press:
LONDON – “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen has been signed up to star in a movie about flamboyant rock star Freddie Mercury, producers said Friday.
Peter Morgan, who wrote “The Queen,” is working on a screenplay about the frontman of the band Queen, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991.
The as-yet-untitled film will climax with Queen’s barnstorming appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert in London.
The announcement was made by GK Films, which is producing with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.
Production is due to begin next year, and a director has yet to be chosen.
Founded in 1971 by Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, Queen scored hits with songs including “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
May told the BBC that the band supports the project, and May and Taylor will oversee the music for the film. There was no word on whether Baron Cohen will try to imitate Mercury’s grandiose singing style, but the comedian has appeared in several musicals, including Tim Burton’s film version of “Sweeney Todd.”
He said the choice of Baron Cohen, creator of wannabe rapper Ali G, Kazakh journalist Borat and Austrian fashionista Bruno, “will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he’s been talking with us for a long time.”
“He’s been in on this project since we started talking about it seriously with Peter Morgan a couple of years ago.” May said.
Baron Cohen’s latest film is Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret.”
The one saving grace is that Brian May and Roger Taylor approve, and they will be overseeing the music.