Re: original VJs

From: Steve Polta (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 16 2008 - 08:41:23 PST

Back in the day, it seemed that every time someone turned on MTV you saw Devo, because they had the content at the ready. Paraphrasing Mark Mothersbaugh: "MTV is very Devo. At the beginning, they needed us. Later on, we couldn't pay them to show our videos."

> When MTV went on air, there weren't that many music
> videos available, and so they aired anything they could get,
> including works by more obscure avant garde groups whose
> visuals were influenced by experimental films in a not
> merely cannibalistic way. I remember seeing the Residents
> 'Minute Movies' by Graerme Whiffler several times in
> those days. On one hand, to get back to the VJ debate here,
> you could say it all just ran into the flow, but to me the
> Eyeballs were just so darn wierd that it interrupted the
> otherwise random stream and stuck out.


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