MTV GIVES MY LIFE MEANING!
Pat Benatar's "You Better Run."
I missed all that because it happened at midnight on August 1. I was 10 and not allowed to stay up that late. The first video I saw was something by Blondie. I was hooked. Of course, the network didn't have too many videos then, but - wow! - it sure was fun watching them repeat over and over 24 hours a day. The veejays - hey! New word entering the lexicon! were interesting, too - Mark Goodman, suspendered Alan Hunter - remember them? The late J.J. Jackson, dippy but adorable Martha Quinn - did you know she dated Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys? and later Lords of the New Church - and the shaggy-haired blonde Nina Blackwood.
Those were the days, when every new hour of my life was kicked off by a rocket launch, some scraggly guitar and the announcement of what music videos I would be eyeballing in the next 60 minutes.