Last week’s resurrection of Beavis and Butthead has got us pretty excited. It’s also got us pretty nostalgic. We’ve been thinking about all of the other classic MTV shows that have come and gone over the years. Instead of letting these classic programs be lost to history, we demand that you sidle up and watch the clips below. There used to be a lot of cool sh*t on MTV. It’s easy to forget that nowadays. I’m actually a little bit blown away by looking back and seeing the influence a lot of these shows have had on modern pop culture.
Hip-hop owes everything to Yo! MTV Raps. The show was the only legit source for finding cutting edge rap and hip-hop videos, not to mention glorious trainwreck interviews like the one above. This served as a springboard for hosts Ed Lover and Dr. Dre who went on to make the comedy, Who Da Man? It is perhaps the finest film about guys who know a lot of rappers and are also cops.
Liam Lynch took recordings he made with childhood Matt Crocco and acted them out with the socks off his feet. MTV UK took a liking to them and began to run the clips in commercial blocks. This lead to a half-hour Sifl & Olly show on MTV in America. This proved that you really could find success by trying to crack up your stoned friends.
Before alternative music took over, there was really only one place to watch it. For two hours every Sunday night, MTV would air videos from bands like The Smiths, Radiohead, and Sonic Youth. It was an awesome showcase of acts that you wouldn’t find through more mainstream channels and helped alternative music to break through in a big way.