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Subject: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/16/15 at 1:42 pm

Like, kind of how by 1999, it was normal for a lot of people to have internet, what year did it become kind of normal for people, or a lot of people, to have Mtv?


Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/16/15 at 1:44 pm

For me it was 1991, when we had cable television for the first time. Now I never look at it.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/16/15 at 2:33 pm

I would say about 1984 and 1985 when everybody was into MTV.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/16/15 at 2:34 pm


For me it was 1991, when we had cable television for the first time. Now I never look at it.


I don't even watch MTV either, it's such a disgrace now from what it used to be 25-30 years ago.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/16/15 at 4:14 pm


For me it was 1991, when we had cable television for the first time. Now I never look at it.


After 1992, videos started playing less and less, and less.  :D

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/16/15 at 4:15 pm


I would say about 1984 and 1985 when everybody was into MTV.


I believe you, because you were old enough to remember.  8)

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/16/15 at 4:17 pm


After 1992, videos started playing less and less, and less.  :D
I remember videos being played well, but when it all stopped I cannot say.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/16/15 at 4:20 pm

I wonder if 1984/1985 were the explosion years.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: #Infinity on 07/16/15 at 7:16 pm

I'd guess that the end of 1983 was a breakthrough point for MTV, since that was when Michael Jackson's Thriller began circulating across the network, not to mention it was also when Madonna and Cyndi Lauper first became famous and Duran Duran released their second album.

I know there were still lots of videos playing on MTV in 2004.  I think YouTube is what truly killed off music videos as the reason people watched MTV, not the plethora of trashy reality television shows that premiered years before.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/17/15 at 12:26 am


I'd guess that the end of 1983 was a breakthrough point for MTV, since that was when Michael Jackson's Thriller began circulating across the network, not to mention it was also when Madonna and Cyndi Lauper first became famous and Duran Duran released their second album.

I know there were still lots of videos playing on MTV in 2004.  I think YouTube is what truly killed off music videos as the reason people watched MTV, not the plethora of trashy reality television shows that premiered years before.


Yeah, December 1983, was when the Thriller video was released.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/17/15 at 6:56 am


After 1992, videos started playing less and less, and less.  :D


then they wanted to focus on other things such as Reality TV.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/17/15 at 6:57 am


I believe you, because you were old enough to remember.  8)


I remember when MTV was such a cool station.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/17/15 at 6:58 am


I wonder if 1984/1985 were the explosion years.


That's when Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna videos were being played.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 07/17/15 at 7:20 am

I say that MTV started to become for everyone around the mid 80s.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/17/15 at 10:06 am


I say that MTV started to become for everyone around the mid 80s.


I would say so too.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/17/15 at 12:43 pm


I say that MTV started to become for everyone around the mid 80s.


Yes, I get that impression. At the earliest 1983, I can see Mtv starting to explode! So 1983-1986??

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/17/15 at 4:04 pm


Yes, I get that impression. At the earliest 1983, I can see Mtv starting to explode! So 1983-1986??


and that's where girls and guys wanted to dress as their favorite singer back then.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/17/15 at 4:05 pm


and that's where girls and guys wanted to dress as their favorite singer back then.
...and girls just wanted to have fun?

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/17/15 at 4:46 pm


...and girls just wanted to have fun?


and guys too.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: yelimsexa on 07/19/15 at 10:46 am

I'm pretty set on 1984, because in addition to MTV, that was when many VHS/Beta compilations of just music videos began to proliferate the market at an affordable price. I was almost about to say 1983 given that Top 40 radio had a significantly higher presence of MTV-friendly acts compared to 1982, but most people that year were either just discovering the channel or felt that soon they might have that, since many people didn't get cable until later because of affordability issues, though of course by Live Aid in July 1985, MTV was widely known.

Even MTV News went downhill after the mid-90s. Originally it was updates about music artists and their releases, tours, or other significant events such as awards/honors, breakups, or the occasional family announcement, but eventually the news became increasingly involved in non-music material and became more gossip-y by 1998, until that was eventually merged into its nonsense of late.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/19/15 at 1:30 pm

http://www.liketotally80s.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/mtv-vjs.jpg
The original MTV veejays.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: whistledog on 07/19/15 at 2:00 pm


I say that MTV started to become for everyone around the mid 80s.


Not everyone.  MTV was strictly in the US before it launched in other countries.  MTV Europe launched in 1987, MTV Canada launched in 2000. 

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/19/15 at 2:48 pm


Not everyone.  MTV was strictly in the US before it launched in other countries.  MTV Europe launched in 1987, MTV Canada launched in 2000.


I probably should have made it more particular, I meant the US.  ;)

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/20/15 at 1:27 pm

This coming August will mark 34 years since it's debut. :o

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: whistledog on 07/21/15 at 3:48 pm


I probably should have made it more particular, I meant the US.  ;)


That's discrimination :P

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/21/15 at 4:05 pm


That's discrimination :P


;D ;D ;D

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/22/15 at 1:28 pm

I would also say after 1981.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 07/26/15 at 4:50 pm


This coming August will mark 34 years since it's debut. :o


It's going to be 34 on August 1st.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: 80sfan on 07/26/15 at 11:29 pm


I would also say after 1981.


I wasn't born yet.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/27/15 at 1:30 pm


It's going to be 34 on August 1st.


I remember when it first debuted.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 07/27/15 at 5:25 pm


I remember when it first debuted.


You actually had cable in the early 80s, while remembering MTV's first broadcast? Holy sheesh, you need to tell me what happened when they first aired.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/28/15 at 1:58 pm


You actually had cable in the early 80s, while remembering MTV's first broadcast? Holy sheesh, you need to tell me what happened when they first aired.


It wasn't cable it was on regular television in August of 1981. You can look it up on YouTube and type in "MTV's first broadcast August 1st, 1981".

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 07/28/15 at 7:32 pm


It wasn't cable it was on regular television in August of 1981. You can look it up on YouTube and type in "MTV's first broadcast August 1st, 1981".


Wow. I can't believe you actually remember watching MTV almost 34 years ago. Were you really that excited to watch it back then?

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 07/29/15 at 1:30 pm


Wow. I can't believe you actually remember watching MTV almost 34 years ago. Were you really that excited to watch it back then?


Yeah I was excited because New York got it's first music channel all day and all night.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBf0yJVMSzI

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 08/06/15 at 4:49 pm

Much Music was a specialty channel up until 1988 when it became a part of the basic cable package so not every household could afford it. 

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Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 08/06/15 at 5:33 pm


Yeah I was excited because New York got it's first music channel all day and all night.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBf0yJVMSzI


That was New York's first music channel? Wow.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 08/07/15 at 7:37 am


That was New York's first music channel? Wow.


Yep it sure was, you never lived in our era of the time when they had music channels all day and all night. :)

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 08/07/15 at 10:22 am


Yep it sure was, you never lived in our era of the time when they had music channels all day and all night. :)


They still have MTV. Even though they barely show any kind of music on their channel.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 08/07/15 at 4:50 pm


They still have MTV. Even though they barely show any kind of music on their channel.


They barely don't show anything anymore.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/07/15 at 4:53 pm


They barely don't show anything anymore.
Showing just only reality programs?

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 08/07/15 at 4:58 pm


They barely don't show anything anymore.


I thought they just show either reality shows or their godawful original programming. They have to at least show something.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 08/08/15 at 7:28 am


Showing just only reality programs?


Reality shows that no gives a care about anymore.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Howard on 08/08/15 at 7:29 am


I thought they just show either reality shows or their godawful original programming. They have to at least show something.


They show reality shows and they're just terrible.

Subject: Re: What year did it become 'normal' to have Mtv?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/08/15 at 12:42 pm

It was this day (August 8th) in 1981 when MTV broadcast its first stereo concert with REO Speedwagon who performed in Denver, Colorado, having just released the album Hi Infidelity and the hit singles, ‘Keep On Loving You,’ ‘Take It On the Run’ and ‘Don’t Let Him Go.

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