MTV Classic? Not even close, bud!
What images race through your mind when you hear “MTV Classic?” Martha! Alan! Nina! JJ! Mark! The Buggles! Video Countdown! Too bad that’s not what MTV Classic will be.
Instead, MTV has announced plans to turn VH1 Classic into MTV Classic and focus on the ‘90s and early 2000s. The changeover happens on August 1, a real slap in the face to ‘80s fans who recognize that date as the anniversary of original network back in 1981. Why sully the name "Classic" for this experiment? Had someone already trademarked MTV Slacker.
I get it. The whole ‘90s nostalgia movement has to come sometime. MTV just can’t sit on that “treasure chest” of videos by the Spin Doctors, Hanson and Nickelback forever.
According to the official announcement, MTV Classic will focus on series like Total Request Live, MTV Unplugged and their pseudo-reality “shows” like Beavis & Butt-head and Laguna Beach.
No thanks. To me, MTV jumped the shark when it let the original veejays go and began replacing the music with dark-humored programming like Remote Control. Eighties nostalgia is still as strong as ever thanks to series like Netflix's Stranger Things and the upcoming movie Ready Player One. Since the late '80s, MTV has been more wrong than right, so I guess this "MTV Classic" debacle shouldn't be any surprise.
I guess the only way to experience our MTV these days is tuning into ‘80s on 8 to hear Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwood or IHeartRadio for Martha Quinn. And we’ll just hope that satellite radio kills the video star this time around.