I miss the tour updates, the New Years party, when the rock stars would drop by the studio and just chat for a couple of hours between videos.......when late night was reserved for rare videos they wouldn't play during peak hours such as up and coming metal bands, etc....That was before the era when the suits realized that people were indeed watching tv at ALL hours of the day and night.....that's how half-hour infomercials came to be so successful a few years later.
My city got MTV a full two years after it's birth....We got it in early '83, so we got to experience the last few weeks of MTV being an "all rock and roll" station before they were forced to play Michael Jackson.....It's lucky they were forced to too, because MTV had no bearing or influence on the radio charts before Billie Jean.....I remember bands saying "we don't have to have a video to be successful on the charts, MTV doesn't mean anything"
Within a few short weeks, they changed their tune completely, as it was obvious you needed a vid to be big on the charts cuz the kids were watching.....all the time.
Then next came the metal movement.....When MTV first came out, Van Halen and AC/DC were the only truly huge metal bands ....Ozzy was a fringe act and veterans like Judas Priest and the Scorpions were hardly icons, they were just finally getting real big.........when the L.A. metal acts came out, they gave the genre what it needed: new blood, young guys in their early twenties that the girls could look at, as well as more accessible metal that guys and girls could like. This helped the entire movement and it exploded as a result.
After '86 or so, the whole thing went horribly wrong, along with the rest of the '80s.
"See no evil, Speak no evil, Hear no evil, have no Fun"