August 1, 1981: Ronald Reagan was in his first summer as President, I had a diaper full, and MTV was born.
Check out one of my favorite blogs, Stereogum – where they’ve posted the first hour of MTV. Pretty entertaining as it includes the original tv commercials, and the first VJ’s in all the glory of their gender-neutral perms. First Hour of MTV. Fun fact– If you actually watched this first hour of MTV, then you lived in New Jersey.
First Video ever shown: The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star.
(Reality TV killed the Video Star?)
First ten videos to air:
- “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles
- “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar
- “She Won’t Dance with Me” by Rod Stewart
- “You Better You Bet” by The Who
- “Little Suzi’s on the Up” by Ph.D.
- “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Cliff Richard
- “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders
- “Time Heals” by Todd Rundgren
- “Take It on the Run” by REO Speedwagon
- “Rockin’ the Paradise” by Styx