In the 1980s and early 1990s, MTV was the place to go for the latest music videos. But over the years, the network has lost its way and its cultural relevancy. Slidebean’s Company Forensics digs into MTV’s history, their explosive growth, and the gradual changes that moved them away from their musical roots.
Dust off your knowledge of classic music videos with this blast-from-the-past party game. Players face off in a battle of musical knowledge from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s to collect artist cards from each of the MTV Challenge categories. It’s basically The Blockbuster Game, but with music instead of movies.
’80s kids, remember when MTV was all about the music videos? An anonymous Internet Archive poster scrounged and cleaning up old VHS and DVD footage from the first hours that MTV broadcast its cable signal starting on August 1, 1981, and kicking things off with The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star… all in stereo.
Give yourself a cheap thrill with your very own MTV Video Music Award, inspired by the iconic moon man seen on the very first moments of MTV’s existence, and later on VMA trophies. Naturally, the Funko POP! version has a disproportionately large head, but it still looks awesome.
More than 20 years ago, Radiohead appeared on an unlikely stage – MTV’s Beach House – turning in performances of their classics Creep and Anyone Can Play Guitar, and transfixing what would have normally been a rowdy group of college kids with their hard-edged alt-rock.