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    MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged

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    The idea of Unplugged is that bands perform only acoustical and without any electronically devices. So this term usually only applies to music bands or performers that usually don't perform unplugged. Many performers fought with a performance the judgment that they actually can't play and computers and machines produce the entire sound. The origin of the idea isn't absolutely clear. There are only concerts in the unplugged style, but who really invented it, is unclear. The first concert you could describe as unplugged was Elvis Presley's concert in 1968 today known as the 68 Comeback Special. As inventors Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora get named, because they performed with only with two guitars at the MTV Music Awards in 1989 the tracks Wanted Dead Or Alive und Livin' On A Prayer. So the Unplugged series started soon later in 1989. Jules Shear hosted the first season, with was produced as 30 minute short "concerts", in an absolute simple way. The artists sitting in a half circle, maybe some background musicians behind them and playing their music in a small location, styled almost like a café. The second season was basically the same concept, but the duration now changes and MTV Unplugged leaves the US for the first time and goes to the UK. Also there isn't any host from now on. The bands announce themselves. The third season was the last one really organized as season. The ending of this season with the session of Bruce Springsteen also change the image of the series, because he performs plugged instead of unplugged. Season four starts with a big surprise: The first session with no English speaking band: Roxette! Season four already takes on the character this series will have in all other seasons from now on. It isn't a series anymore it's an idea. All sessions are a project to fallow this idea. In this context MTV invites comedians for the Spoken Word I session. A basically non musical session, but season four ends with a big bang. The Nirvana unplugged session makes this show part of music history. Nirvana doesn't perform a completely unplugged session, because Kurt Cobain uses some electronic sampler in the background. The discussion if this performance can be counted as unplugged doesn't hurt the success in any way. In season five, MTV Latin America starts recoding performances in the US starting with episode eight of this season. MTV US also airs these sessions. Season six and seven are basically the same like season five – they write the story of the show even further. With season eight the seasons aren't organized in the usual TV year rhythm anymore. Instead of the summer till summer schedule and the fact that it isn't a series anymore, the schedule now works similar to the usual calendar from 1.1 till 12.31. In 1998 the big break comes. MTV only produces one session and the series is basically dead. In 1999 the show is basically reborn, because now every characteristics of a series were now gone and every single session is a project by its own and is produced and released as such. Season 11 in 2000 features only one session again, basically because the time spirit works against the show concepts – the IT boom and the ultimate believe in the new millennium makes this show look spare. The first year in the new millennium the show starts over once more. More globally than ever the show starts with three Latin American performances before two US performances fallow and the year ends over in Asia, but visited Europe first. From now on the number of sessions produced in one year goes down dramatically. Season 13 features only three sessions, season 14 and 15 only one. In 2005 the show comes back form Europe to the US after three years absence with one other big performance. This time it's Alicia Keys who gives the show a new boost. ------------------------------------------- Notes to this show guide: Seasons: 1-8 are numbered as regular seasons. 9+ are organized annually, because of this shows character. Episodes: Numbered according to the original air dates (where ever that was). The show: The show isn't only the US series, since this is a global series since the beginning. Many episodes helped to build up MTV stations in many countries, sessions where produced. So this guide lists all sessions, not only the US ones. So the guide has more seasons and episodes than can be found in other guides. So don't be confused about that.moreless
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    120 Minutes

    120 Minutes

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2003)
    Welcome to the 120 Minutes guide at TV.com.

    120 Minutes was a weekly television show dedicated to alternative music and college radio that aired on MTV and MTV2 from 1986-2003. The show was hosted by several MTV VJs early in its run (e.g., Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson, Kevin Seal), but it developed a clearer focus by 1988 with its first long-term host, Dave Kendall (the show's original producer). The video playlist also focused more on artists popular in college and alternative radio (e.g., R.E.M., Siouxsie & the Banshees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth), rather than on "light rotation" videos.

    As the show progressed into the 1990s, it began to feature live musical performances and occasional guest hosts (e.g., Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins), as well as a new rotation of show hosts (e.g., Lewis Largent, Matt Pinfield). 120 Minutes also featured the hosts appearing at different musical events, such as Lollapalooza, the Tibetan Freedom Concert, and England's Reading Festival, often conducting live interviews with musical acts present. In the United Kingdom, 120 Minutes was also featured on MTV in the mid-1990s, hosted for two years by ex-Wonder Stuff frontman Miles Hunt.

    During its run, 120 Minutes became known as a reliable source for new alternative music as well as groundbreaking artists pushing through into the mainstream. However, in the spring of 2000, MTV decided to cancel regular airings of 120 Minutes in order to make room for other developing shows on the channel (arguably, for shows that were seen to be more profitable). Nevertheless, 120 Minutes eventually moved to MTV2 in 2001, where it was able to continue its broadcast for the following two years, including another rotation of show hosts (e.g., Dave Holmes, Chris Booker, Jancee Dunn, Jim Shearer). Shearer, the final show host, brought 120 Minutes to an eventual end on May 4th, 2003. Shortly afterwards, MTV2 began airing a similar version of 120 Minutes called Subterranean.moreless
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    MTV Video Music Awards

    MTV Video Music Awards

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    Since 1984, MTV has had an awards show for the year's top and new pop music videos. Now known as the VMA's, it was traditionally held on the first Thursday of September on the East or West coast. But since 9/11, it has been moved to the previous week. Every year there is atleast 1 host and performances by the nominees and newer artists.moreless
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    The Big Picture

    The Big Picture

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1993)
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    Headbangers Ball

    Headbangers Ball

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    Headbangers Ball was a music video show featuring Heavy Metal music. With special guests Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie.
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    The Cutting Edge

    The Cutting Edge

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1987)
    When MTV debuted in August of 1981, it very quickly became a powerful medium for post-punk bands striving for American acceptance. Since videos of contemporary rock acts were in short supply, the fledgling network filled time with those by "new wave" artists who had previously been shunned by American radio. Within a year, offbeat groups like Squeeze, The Stray Cats, Men At Work, Adam Ant, and A Flock Of Seagulls had Top 40 U.S. hits, and the so-called new wave sound was absorbed into the mainstream. However, there was still a contingent of fans who hungered for semi-underground independent rock acts closer to the original spirit of punk. MTV recognized this cult demand, and created a program aimed at this audience. As part of it's "Sunday Night Special" series, MTV partnered with Miles Copeland's International Record Syndicate, and "I.R.S. Records Presents The Cutting Edge" was born. The show aired regularly on the last Sunday of every month from March 1983 to September 1987. Directed by offbeat video makers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, "The Cutting Edge" had a very amateur feel, befitting the "Do It Yourself" ethic of the bands showcased. The program featured interviews and performances by numerous early alternative rock artists, often videotaped on location in various cities around the country. The camera invaded nightclubs, recording studios, and even musicians' own homes. Along the way, "The Cutting Edge" introduced viewers to future stars like The Smithereens, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smiths, and R.E.M. The program also highlighted critically respected cult favorites like Iggy Pop, The Blasters, Los Lobos, and Henry Rollins. At first, "The Cutting Edge" experimented with several different hosts, including Jools Holland, Jeffrey Vallence, and Wazmo Naris. By the beginning of 1984, Fleshtones' singer Peter Zaremba took over, and soon became the face of "The Cutting Edge." With his suave demeanor, thrift store fashion, and music geek knowledge, Zaremba fostered a humorous and intimate style for the program, giving many interviews the feel of conversations between old friends. For financial reasons, "The Cutting Edge" stopped going on location for the 1986-'87 season, and morphed into "The Cutting Edge Happy Hour," taped at the revolving restaurant of the Hollywood Holiday Inn. The show became more Southern California-centered, and lost much of its variety. This format was not as popular, and by September of 1987, "The Cutting Edge" was history.moreless
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    Yo! MTV Raps

    Yo! MTV Raps

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1995)
    Yo! MTV Raps is the classic MTV show that brought Hip-Hop and Rap Music to the whole country in the 80's and 90's. Hitting the airwaves in 1988, Yo! MTV Raps played hip hop music videos and had guests like the legendary Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and Run-DMC. A force for hip hop, the show brought the new genre of music to people across the country who weren't aware of the urban movement. Hosted by Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, and Doctor Dre, and was one of the highest rated MTV shows of the time. The original series aired until 1995, when it was closed out with a freestyle cipher featuring legendary artists like Salt-N-Pepa, who also appeared on the first episode of the series. With moments like Ol' Dirty Bastard's drunk freestyle and Tupac Shakur's admitting that he assaulted filmmakers the Hughes Brothers, Yo! MTV Raps captured some of the most important moments and artists of old school rap, and launched the young genre into an international favorite.moreless
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    House of Style

    House of Style

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1996)
    House of Style was MTV's groundbreaking catch-all infotainment series on fashion, designers, models, shopping, personal style and the arts. Hosted by world famous model-personality Cindy Crawford, there were no closed doors in regards to fashion shows, movie sets, and access to celebrities, designers and artists. While the show was shot in a casual, hand-held style and edited in a breath-taking manner of cuts, the show approached models, fashion and fashion with level-headed seriousness. Information was presented in a matter-of-fact style; guests were treated with reverence and models, designers and everyone featured were presented and treated as leading artists of our society. Each show was unique from the each other - there were no set studio or stock opening. There was a brief introduction of the episode - taking place indoors or out - from the mundane to the spectacular. The show's content/segments were also random and varied in length and breadth from episode to episode. They covered the full gamut of all fashion - from personal style how-to to the history of Vogue magazine to a designer runway show to every topic in between. When Cindy Crawford was host, there were also many episodes and segments devoted to her life and business ventures from the making of her workout video to her cover photo shoots. Todd Oldham was a frequent how-to contributor when Cindy was the host - his segments usually involved re-purposing an old item (furniture, clothes, etc) into something new & different. There was also a regular feature on shopping with a celebrity. The series started out as a quarterly covering the seasonal fashion changes then increasing in frequency to almost monthly basis until Cindy Crawford left. The series was not as successful with the other hosts and decreased in frequency. The series has not been officially canceled and presumably will return again. There are also many "recap" episodes with segments re-purposed/ edited or re-edited from other episodes - sometimes with new introductions, sometimes without - so it's difficult to keep track of every episode with any accuracy.moreless
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    MTV News

    MTV News

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    Get all the news that matters, MTV-style on this informative series.
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    Remote Control

    Remote Control

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1991)
    Remote Control was a game show about television. Many of the questions revolved around old television shows.

    Other popular segments include...

    "Sing Along With Colin," where contestants were charged with identifying and/or finishing songs sung by Colin Quinn.

    "Snack Break" the contestant who answered the last question correctly got a chance to pick from 3 fridges to find the CDs.

    "Home Shopping Zone" & "Ranger Bob", when the contestant hit those channels, a skit was performed, followed by a 10 point deduction off their score.

    Two rounds were played. There were 9 channels, each having 3 questions (valued @ 5-10-15/10-20-30). Near the end of round 2, when "OFF THE AIR" came on, the player with the least amount of points is eliminated. Then the two remaining play a lightning round, where the the top score played the bonus round for cool prizes.

    The bonus round had 9 screens (all music videos). It was up to the contestant to identify all 9 videos in 30 seconds to with the grand prize.

    Sometimes, celebrities would play for charity. Also, the show would go on the road to Daytona Beach. Swimwear models were the channels (odd numbered channels were girls in bikinis with the name of the category written on the sash, while even numbered channels were guys in Speedos having the category name painted on their muscular body).moreless
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    Just Say Julie

    Just Say Julie

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1992)
    Sketch comedy/musical which ran on MTV for a couple of years in the late 80's/early 90's featurning comedienne Julie Brown. Featured short, satirical sketches along with music videos which usually had something to do with the theme of the particular episode.moreless
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    Club MTV

    Club MTV

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1992)
    Half-hour dance show taped at the Pallidium in New York City.
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    MTV Week In Rock

    MTV Week In Rock

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1997)
    Half-hour week in review in rock music.
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    Going Back to Brooklyn

    Going Back to Brooklyn

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1989)
    Colin Quinn and Ben Stiller join comedic forces on this funny short that aired on MTV in 1989.