Looking Back at Some Other Local Music MTV Moments (Not All Involving the Toadies, Swear)


I see our music blog's celebrating MTV's 30th today by ticking off a few Dallas-music-related moments featured on the former music network over the years. I have since reminded our music editor: I'm old. So old I recall off the top of my bald head a few that were left off the list -- like, say, the time Tripping Daisy hosted 120 Minutes in August '95, with Special Guests the Toadies. Or the time the Toadies performed on Jon Stewart's talk show (I still have a copy of the ginormous VHS cassette-and-case Jeff Liles gave me 16 years ago). Or the time Beavis and Butt-head went after the Toadies.

Back when MTV only played videos (and, according to Gawker, just remembering that makes me old), it was actually quite The Big Deal when local bands got their shot on the network -- most, via 120 Minutes. The 120 Memories Tumblr has quite a few of 'em, including Reverend Horton Heat's "Psychobilly Freakout," which aired in '92, and the Daisy's "I Got a Girl," which went into regular rotation rather quickly following its debut, if memory serves, triggering a tidal wave of envy amongst other local bands. Hagfish was soon to follow.

Another high-water mark: Pantera's '91 appearance on Headbanger's Ball, followed three years later by a daylong hang with Riki Rachtman at Texas Stadium in 1994. Somewhere in the dead-tree archives is my account of that lost afternoon. Oh ... and how about Erykah Badu's 1997 episode of Unplugged? Can't forget that. Or that night in '95 when MTV broadcast R.E.M.'s Reunion Arena set live; we were sitting close and instructed to act extra excited for the cameras, which, blessedly, only shot the first few songs.

Anyway. I'm no good with top-whatever lists. So jump and watch the aforementioned memories on the other side at your leisure. No doubt I forgot a fe ... oh, I just remembered: In 1989, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians were nominated for Best New Artist at the VMA's. Along with, among others, Paula Abdul. Now that's a video you really oughta see. So let's.






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Joy Ella
Joy Ella

Aah yes, Hagfish on mtv. The debut of their video, Stamp, was introduced by David Bowie. I bet they'd pay good money to track down that surreal moment. (Surreal = David Bowie intro).

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Basti Auser

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Rooster
Rooster

Perhaps someone should tell the dude in the Pantera video that it was "Texas Stadium", and not "Dallas Stadium"?

Karen L.
Karen L.

"I Got A Girl" - great song to get me going this morning.  This post reminds me of Music Rep Thursdays with Redbeard in the Q102 studios, when all the label people brought in discs along with "hey, this group really rocked at Dada" as the bands' credentials.  Really exciting times when local bands started getting regular rotation airplays way back when.

Cuba
Cuba

The TylerC archive is greatness: http://tylerc.com/the-120-minu...

I remember 120 Minutes introduced me to The Silos,  a band originating in the mid 80s that was doing alt country before the No Depression movement. Lo and behold one form or another of this band is still at it. I mention this primarily as an opportunity to view John Eder's astonishing 'Dazed and Confused  meets the Sunshine State' photography (maybe NSFW) in this 2011 Silos video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Zeeba Neighba
Zeeba Neighba

The Radiohead/R.E.M. shows were great. Even with the post-herniated Stipe standing still. I was a few rows behind where Tabitha Soren was broadcasting from, but fortunately it wasn't very distracting. I thought the next night at Starplex sounded better though. Reunion was like trying to listen in a cave.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I was not born yet when MTV became a channel, and, it was banned in our Christian home, but, it had to be better than "Teen Mom".

I miss "'Til '2". That's a late summer music institution. When is that coming back?

just sayin'
just sayin'

When I was in elementary school l, I was introduced to Iron Maiden, ZZ Top, Depeche Mode, and Prince thanks to MTV. Now the elementary school kids gets get raised on Beiber, Miley, and Selena Gomez. Thanks to MTV.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I have a real Eryka crush.  Beavis and Butthead offered the only critical analysis of Music videos at the time or since, and, they didn't suck.  I miss them, liquid TV and the like.  I bought the B&B DVD a few years back and was sorely disappointed that none of the Music video commentary was included.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Ahh Robert...we're not old...we just remember to good 'ol days of MTV which were sooo much better than today.

Remember when you couldn't wait for Dave Kendall on Sunday nights for 120 minutes and Liquid Television? Yeah that where B & B were born!!

And that was when 94.5 was The Edge and played real alternative music you don't hear anymore....The Adventure Club anyone?

Gotta listen to Paul Slavens on KXT now on Sundays.

Fond memories though...things change...not always for better.

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

The 11 Y.O. Beavus in the house would like to Thank You for posting this....butwipe.BTW the newest fad for this age group is not planking, its pulling up their shirts over their heads and proclaiming "I am CORNHOLIO"

Paul S.
Paul S.

or on Beavis and Butthead.

IWearBlack
IWearBlack

 Even better: Remember when 94.5 was the mighty Z-ROCK! :)

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