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Would Rock be better off if Mtv never existed?

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After all these years, I can finally agree that "MTV" has NOTHING to do with music. I recall that Husker Du said, the video gets people interested enough to listen to the music, but isn't an end in itself. :drummer:

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A lyrical interlude:

"M.T.V.-Get Off The Air" by DEAD KENNEDYS

Fun Fun Fun in the fluffy chair

Flame up the herb

Woof down the beer

[click!]

Hi

I'm your video DJ

I always talk like I'm wigged out on quaaludes

I wear a satin baseball jacket everywhere I go

My job is to help destroy

What's left of your imagination

By feeding you endless doses

Of sugar-coated mindless garbage

So don't create

Be sedate

Be a vegetable at home

And thwack on that dial

If we have our way even you will believe

This is the future of rock and roll

How far will you go

How low will you stoop

To tranquilize our minds with your sugar-coated swill

You've turned rock and roll rebellion

Into Pat Boone sedation

Making sure nothing's left to the imagination

M.T.V. Get off the

M.T.V. Get off the

M.T.V. Get off the air

Get off the air

See the latest rejects from the muppet show

Wag their tits and their dicks

As they lip-synch on screen

There's something I don't like

About a band who always smiles

Another tax write-off

For some schmuck who doesn't care

M.T.V. Get off the air

And so it was

Our beloved corporate gods

Claimed they created rock video

Allowing it to sink as low in one year

As commercial TV has in 25

"It's the new frontier," they say

It's wide open, anything can happen

But you've got a lot of nerve

To call yourself a pioneer

When you're too god-damn conservative

To take real chances.

Tin-eared

Graph-paper brained accountants

Instead of music fans

Call all the shots at giant record companies now

The lowest common denominator rules

Forget honesty

Forget creativity

The dumbest buy the mostest

That's the name of the game

But sales are slumping

And no one will say why

Could it be they put out one too many lousy records?!?

M.T.V.-Get off the air!

NOW

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^ that reminds me of:

MTV makes Me wanna smoke Crack ~ Beck

mtv makes me wanna smoke crack

fall out of the window and I'm never comin back

mtv makes me wanna get high

can't get a ride no matter how I try

and everything's perfect

and everything's bright

and everyone's perky

and everyone's uptight

I love those videos

I watch 'em all day........

(what's the problem?)

uh...I dunno just stop the tape...

(lounge act)

mtv whoa! makes me wanna smoke crack

fly out the window and I'm never comin' back

mtv makes me wanna get high as the moon

like a rubber balloon

aww get that squeegee

everything's wonderful

everything's grand

everything's swinging

all across the land you know it

bust out the biscuits

strike up the band

play those videos

every woman and man

cuz mtv, whoa! makes me wanna smoke crack

fly out the window

and I'm never comin back

mtv makes me wanna get high as a kite

gettin all uptight

take it

aww yeah

fake it till ya make it

right about now

steppin into a cold ass fashion

aww yeah weedwack that thing

I work down at the video store

makin some change

with a sparkle in my step

and a smile on my face

condominiums risin above

and those video's are better than love

yeah! mtv!

mtv! check!

mtv makes me wanna smoke crack!

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In a way, I don't care for the bulk of Rock, so they can shove it as far as I'm concerned. I can sleep at night with the knowledge I don't wanna listen to led zep, aerosmith, the stones, u2, and the rest of those bloated Rock acts. There are a few exceptions (The Beatles), so it doesn't matter if MTV made it better or worse. Gimme Krautrock, Electronic, and New Wave (the synth kind) music any day. Coincidentally, some of the more popular bands of the latter genre broke through MTV :beatnik:

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Hmm...If MTV hadnt existed...would Music Videos exist today?

They would have yeah, Music Videos were made as a new way of publicity. And although they were kind of made for showing on MTV they would have been made some other way. If you go to Wikipedia Music Video << that link, it's got a pretty long winded history of music video but its worthwile reading.

And besides, the decent music video's are on MTV2 now.

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MTV sux and does nothing for real music... it's about image and not the art. That's why so many rotten bands have actually sold albums: they made a good video. Used to be radio that let you decide if you liked the music... now you decide if the band members are good-looking

:drummer:

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MTV Mighta been good back in the day, I couldn't tell you, but they now have shows that seriously have NOTHING to do with music. First they went from all music, then to shows that feature some musicians, and now none. Date MY Mom, Room Raiders . . . What is that. but Pimp My Ride and Cribs I am down with, those shows are sweet :P

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I'm not sure if I really believe music would be better if there MTV never became popular or never existed in the first place. No matter what we will always have "bad" artists around. As long as some people enjoy a certain style music there will be people who disagree with that style(in this case the over-commercialized pop music.) Believe it or not there were people who thought Disco was the next best thing. Were they wrong in thinking so? Most people think so(myself included) but does that mean it was bad? I think that's up to interpretation. Errr I'm getting off track here, my point is that no matter if have MTV, VH1 or PUL(yes I just made up a new station) there will always be "bad" artists. Most people will agree that The Beegee's were "bad", but hey there wasn't an MTV in the 60's. To sum this whole rant up MTV(or having an equivalent of MTV) does not equal bad music.

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