Ah, Hit Video USA – how you bring me back to the good old days – back when music channels were about the music – not how many reality TV shows you can cram into a 4-hour block. If you do a search for the channel, there isn’t much to be found – probably since it was back in the 80’s, and wasn’t nationwide. I remember some of the VJ’s that used to host on that channel – particularly EJ Thacker and Greg Johnson – I always seemed to tune in right when they were on. Then again, where I lived, we got them by tweaking our rabbit ears JUST right on the UHF channels. I was able to find 3 channels back then:
Odyssey – from Cocoa Beach, Florida – smooth, soft music videos mainly.
Hit Video USA – from Houston, Texas – they played a wide range, and got me into listening to singers such as Simon F among others (they borrowed a bit of his song “I Want You Back” for their bumper music).
MuchMusic – from Canada, which had THE widest selection of eclectic music videos EVER! If you wanted something new, fresh, and awesome to listen to, this was the channel to hear! They also had a sister station called MusiquePlus that had this catchy guy named Paul Sarassin on it, who was a hoot to listen to!
Nowadays, I’m pretty saddened by the music video channels for the most part for one reason – they don’t show a lot of MUSIC on them – or if they do, it’s ALL hip-hop or RAP, which I’m sorry, but anymore that stuff is anti-music to me. Say what you will about it, but to me it’s just not good! That’s my opinion, and I’m stickin’ to it. Of course, nowadays, you can just pick up YouTube, Google Vids, or Myspace Vids to watch about anything you want, but I guess I just miss the days of the non-stop onslaught of awesome music.
Oh shoot…I almost forgot! On the weekends, WTBS (now TBS) had a great show called “Night Tracks” and USA Network featured “Night Flight”. Night Tracks had the good music lineup all night long, and Night Flight not only featured music, but also movies like Breaking Glass, Liquid Sky, and Absolute Beginners, in addition to interviews with the musicians of the day.
I know the new generation has their songs and styles they like, but just as I sometimes wondered about my parents’ tastes, I’m sure there are those youngsters out there who would wonder about mine. I guess that’s why they call it the “generation gap”. Mine had the X on it – as in X marks the spot baby!
Oh hey! Trivia time! Anyone remember the original groups that Billy Idol and Cyndi Lauper used to belong to before they became famous as solo artists? I’ll let you stew on that one, and reveal the answers in my next posting.