January 18, 1999 |
MTV is once again fighting for a piece of the huge Super Bowl audience specifically, the halftime channel surfers. The music network, which last year debuted its "Celebrity Deathmatch" claymation series during the Super Bowl intermission, will counter the big game the same way this year. "Celebrity Deathmatch Deathbowl '99" will be timed exactly to coincide with halftime and will include a running clock onscreen to let viewers know when it's time to return to Fox's Super Bowl telecast.
November 8, 1991 |
Music video finally has come into its own. Beginning Sunday, the Neighborhood Film/Video Project at International House presents a five-part series of programs that celebrate music videos as an art form. "Art of Music Video: Ten Years After," which has its East Coast debut here, is a retrospective put together by California's Long Beach Museum of Art. Each 100-minute segment explores a different aspect of music video as art. Two segments in tandem will be presented over successive Sunday evenings.
April 27, 1988 |
It's a sad commentary that Stevie Wonder needs MTV more than MTV needs Stevie Wonder. This wondrous superstar has been written off by soul radio for cranking out too many middle-of-the-road ballads like "I Just Called to Say I Love You," while MOR radio, ironically, has rejected his most recent album, "Characters," for being too hard-rocking. And by and large, Wonder's always been too black and too funky for the narrow minds who program and tune in album-rock radio. So what's a Wonder to do?
August 1, 1991 |
It's 1981. A cold wind is blowing through pop. Disco is dead. All the hip, new British trends - from punk to neo-ska to new romanticism - are getting the brushoff from U.S. radio, which has left us at the mercy of the most numbingly corporate of American rock. Styx, REO and Journey rule the airwaves. All this blandness is beginning to backfire. Pop sales are down from the industry's peak year (1978, fueled by "Saturday Night Fever"). The music world is ready for a shake-up. MTV didn't provide one right away.
December 2, 1995 |
The Rolling Stones were defining loud, driving, electric rhythm 'n' blues- based rock 'n' roll half a decade before a band like Led Zeppelin was even born. But those who only know the Stones by their best-known hits, like "Satisfaction" or "Jumpin' Jack Flash," are missing another wonderful side of the band: its great slow numbers and ballads, most still rooted in the blues, like "Wild Horses" and "Tell Me," and most of the tracks on the classic "Beggar's Banquet. " Happily, the band is helping to plug any gaps in memory, or history, with a new CD called "Stripped," which includes more than a dozen acoustic performances and whose video version debuts Sunday at 7 p.m. on MTV. In spite of the fact it's acoustic and being shown on MTV, this is not officially an "Unplugged," though for all practical purposes it is musically the same thing.
December 8, 1996 |
Count on MTV to put a new spin on the game-show genre. Fans of such warhorses as Jeopardy! will need to gear up their metabolism a notch or two to watch MTV's new entry in this venerable field. Idiot Savants, part of an image makeover unrolling on MTV this winter, will premiere at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Sixty-five episodes will be televised at the same time Monday through Friday. The host is Greg Fitzsimmons, a fresh-faced and hip young comedian. As illustrated by a visit last month to the Idiot Savants set, which occupies a ballroom in the Pennsylvania Hotel across the street from Madison Square Garden, the question categories are all youthful: songs by Prince before he changed his name to something unspeakable, James Bond movies, famous Dicks (Dick Clark, Dick Cavett, the two actors named Dick in the cast of Bewitched, etc.)
May 11, 2006 |
"Your momma's so lazy, the last time she had a job, the minimum wage was slavery. " - White winner insulting black loser on MTV IN THE CLIMACTIC showdown in the movie "8 Mile," the character Rabbit humiliates his hapless black opponent in a rap contest staged right in the 'hood in which they take turns ridiculing each other. Of course, since Eminem was the star of this supposedly autobiographical vehicle, everybody expected the white guy to get the better of the brother.
July 29, 1986 |
Music Television - MTV - celebrates its fifth birthday Friday with, quite frankly, the kind of resume not many 5-year-olds have built up. During MTV's lifetime, the flashy look of music video has changed our fashions, TV shows, movies, records and ads. From "Miami Vice" to a Cherry Coke ad, that's video we're seeing. Furthermore, to most people, music video is synonymous with MTV. It is the Kleenex and Xerox of its field. It is also a major economic force. When cable TV comes to your hometown, MTV just might be its biggest selling point.
June 18, 1986 |
Aug. 1, 1981, and MTV - the 24-hour music-video cable channel brought to you by Warner Communications and American Express - goes on-line, offering state-of-the-art graphics, state-of-the-art rock videos and state-of-the-ar t commercials that look and sound like state-of-the-art rock videos. America goes wild - young America goes wild, anyway. Music videos are heralded as the wave of the future, a spanking-new art form, savior of the then-foundering record industry. "I want my MTV!"