Monday, August 01, 2011

Two hours

Earlier today, I tweeted the following:

While we moan about the lack of videos on MTV today, please remember that 120 MINUTES is back on the air. #goodwithbad

Sure, I've heard plenty today about how shows like Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant dominate the airwaves that once belonged to all videos, all the time. As someone who watched MTV every day between 1987 and 1998, I rarely watch it now because its programming does not appeal to me whatsoever.

However, I DVR-d the return of 120 Minutes on Saturday night and I plan on DVR-ing it for the foreseeable future.

On a personal note, host Matt Pinfield was a major influence on me as I developed into the music fan that I am today. You can always impress people with your knowledge about music if you speak up. Prior to that, I kept that mostly locked up in my brain.

All these years later, along with many different avenues to be exposed to new music, I fondly welcome back 120 Minutes. Artists that I am still fans of today were first exposed to me via the show. From Suede to Ben Folds Five to Beth Orton, its playlists always led a trail to lifetime fandom.

I wouldn't say I must have someone point me in a direction towards good new music, but I've always appreciated a filter with all the new music that comes out every week. Even though Pinfield wasn't the guy picking the videos back in the 1990s, his factoids were always appreciated.

So, yes, in life, you can bemoan how crappy things are, but there will always be crappy things out there. It's up to yourself to find the good stuff around all the crap.

1 comment:

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

I loved 120 Minutes. I used to run in the summers late at night and get back around 11 or midnight and cool down from the heat watching 120 or Beavis and Butthead/Daria. I hope that there is an online version to watch because I don't have cable...