It seems like every channel has a marathon over the holiday weekend. VH1 Classic is no different. Instead of endless Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes, however, VH1 Classic is totally reminding me of what it was like when MTV actually played music videos...with 80 Hours of videos from the 80's.
Actually, with commercials and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman reminding everyone EVERY TWO SONGS that he's aged as much, if not more, than the rest of us...it's more like 40 Hours of videos from the 80's...but that's still far more music television than anyone can expect nowadays...
One interesting thing they're doing is that they're doing these videos in artist alphabetical order... So, you get cool moments when in three videos they go from Dead Milkmen (Punk Rock Girl) to Dead Or Alive (You Spin Me Round Like A Record) to DeBarge (Rhythm of the Night). OR, a particular favorite of mine, they went from The Jacksons (Torture) to The Jam (That's Entertainment) to Rick James (Superfreak) to Janes Addiction (Mountain Song).
The other interesting thing is...they're not playing EVERY video they have in the vault for some of these bands...usually just one or two...but sometimes more...--so, what's got me addicted (and watching now...at 5:30am after a long night of post-Bumbershoot comedy partying) is trying to guess how many videos they will play of a particular artist. Then, if you want to go for bonus points, how about trying to guess which specific videos they'll pick (and which ones will be surprisingly left off...)
(And, yes, it is also fun to see which minor artists get remembered and which are totally forgotten...but that's proving harder to guess at...)
Anyone else caught in this particular vortex, or is it just me?
pg--Dude, they just played "Kayleigh" by Marillion...I'm NEVER going to go to bed if they keep this up...--seattle
PS--If anyone not watching feels like playing along...try guessing how many videos they played of each of these artists (and, if you want to try to guess what videos they played, I can answer those guesses, too...)
The Gap Band