Do you guys remember when MTV was cool? Or at least when they played music videos? I remember when I was a teenager I used to come home from school and watch Total Request Live (TRL) and it was awesome. I think the show is still on (our cable listing is really small though and we don’t even get that channel, but hey for $12 a month I am so not complaining because if you’ll remember, MTV is lame now). Except they aren’t quite as lame – at least their website isn’t.
If you go to mtvmusic.com they have posted pretty much every video MTV ever aired for free (legally) for you to watch – yes, you. I heard about this from Very Short List, by the way, who are awesome on being up on the newest and coolest that haven’t yet reached the Annoying Lime Light. Here’s what VSL says about MTV’s website:
You’ll see spare-no-expense epics (Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” just celebrated its 25th anniversary), bare-bones relics (e.g., Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”), and early work by some of today’s most interesting directors (we’re especially fond of Michel Gondry’s videos for Björk). You can also revisit Unplugged and watch classic Video Music Awards performances by Madonna, TLC, and Kanye West. The network’s attitude toward copyright-infringing sites like YouTube appears to be: “If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em.” Works for us. Quick — to the video vault!
Very Short List