In our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look… backwards. That’s why we have Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist.
This week’s theme: Music Video Memories!
Since MTV is totally not about the music anymore, we thought we’d take this week’s throwback opportunity to revisit some of the most notable music videos from our staff’s collective memory. Some remember their first videos fondly, while others may not have the same love for their virgin video viewing (although to be fair, Marilyn Manson isn’t for everyone).
Browse through our list of benchmark videos that meant something to the Hollywood.com staff. Here’s what we picked in this week’s throwback…
Brian Moylan: When I was a kid and we first got MTV in the mid-’80s (yes, “I want my MTV” actually had a purpose in the early days) I was absolutely obsessed with the Dire Straits video for “Money for Nothing.” Not only was it an amazing song, but it had “I want my MTV” right in it. And it was a cartoon. It was like a post-modern Max Headroom (Google it, kiddies) but without the stutter. I couldn’t get enough.
Kate Ward: I became so obsessed with Christina Aguilera‘s “Come On Over” music video, that I rewound it ad nauseam on my Indigo iMac in order to learn the dance. My parents are glad I didn’t feel the same way about “Dirrty.”
Kelsea Stahler: *NSYNC not only had our tiny little adolescent hearts on a string, but they had jokes. And they had commitment. (Get it? Because they’re in the nut house?) They could have just made their “I Drive Myself Crazy” about being sad about a girl, but nope. They go all the way and plop the entire band into a padded cell in an insane asylum where all the doctors are sexy librarians. Ten cool points to Justin Timberlake for his excellent crazy eyes at the 1:31 mark.
Marc Snetiker: “What’s My Age Again?” by blink-182 wasn’t the most artsy of videos — the trio just runs around naked the whole time, because that’s apparently what rockstars do — but it was my earliest memory of watching MTV and thinking, “WTF, man?”
Aly Semigran: The first music video that really made an impact on me as a youth was Rage Against the Machine‘s “Bulls On Parade.” I remember being completely horrified and transfixed by the mosh pit (I’d never seen one before and vowed I would never find myself in one, a promise I have stuck to to this day) and coming to the realization that certain music and musicians had a greater cause. I didn’t know what RATM stood for at the time, but when I watched that video I knew they had something to say and that it was worth listening to. It was the first video and band (one I’m still a fan of to this day) that opened my eyes to music with a message.
Alicia Lutes: “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners. First of all, I was obsessed with this song after seeing the music video. BEYOND obsessed. I was (shocking to no one, I’m sure) the kid that loved to sing nonstop ad nauseam around the house and for several months this was the song of choice. Also this was the first music video I ever saw. And on top of it being a killer tune, the video was all vagabond-y and British which are two of a young girl’s favorite things, right? There were a lot of overalls in my life at that time.
Anna Brand: “C’est La Vie” by B*Witched. OK, everything about this music video is so demented, and yet so addicting. Four girls swaying in unision on an animated flower-popping lawn of sorts, wearing jean on jean and singing to a confused boy sitting in a haphazard treehouse. Totally trippy looking back now.
Abbey Stone: When I was a pre-teen I wasn’t allowed to watch MTV. But, alas, I got home from school approximately 2.5 hours before my parents got home from work, so the television was m-i-n-e and TRL was totally my jam. Unfortunately, one quick glimpse of Marilyn Manson was enough to make me think that maybe my parents were on to something. Considering all it took was 12 seconds to give me nightmares for years, I’m not entirely sure which terrifying video I stumbled across. But it was probably this one.
Matt Patches: I didn’t watch a lot of MTV as a kid, but I do remember being exposed to Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ “Aeroplane” while at a friend’s house and immediately thinking, “What have I been missing?”
Shaunna Murphy: ‘Tearin’ Up My Heart’ by *NSYNC. Screw Christian Grey. Justin Timberlake on that four-post bed was all I needed for my sexual awakening. But, like, looking back, I’m pretty sure that he was 14 or so when that video was shot. I’m so okay with the fact that Lou Pearlman is in prison now.