1984 MTV Video Music Awards: A 2011 Review

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

In the late 1940s, George Orwell wrote a novel known as The Last Man In Europe but due to the fact that Ferderic Warburg wanted a title change. The novel instead became one of the known dystopian fiction which is adapted into a couple of theatrical adaptations and change the look of a dark future. The novel is now known as Nineteen-Eighty Four. But why am I talking about Orwell’s classic in a review about a MTV Video Music Awards which is released in 1984? No Reason, I’m just wasting a paragraph.

Indeed that Times did change when I could compare the very first annual VMAs to a recent one because seeing as MTV is no longer a musical channel and more of a home channel for Jackass, My Super Sweet 16 and… Jersey Shore!!! I’ve decided to say “Fuck That” and take a nostalgic look at the very first MTV Video Music Awards and with commercials aired on the year of my birth. So who’s the host that started it all?

Well, I can take the fact that Dan is the host because of his fame on Ghostbusters but Bette Midler? Academy Awards would be a place for her, The Tony Awards would be up her alley but her in MTV Video Music Awards??? Sure, She’s a singing artist but not the best one in my opinion. I’m wasting another paragraph so I’m moving on to what happened on the show.

Other than Madonna’s Like A Virgin performance, The show is fairly okay to say the least. It has Roger Daltrey smashing a guitar because he said that he always wanted to do that, David Bowie performing Blue Jean in London, Eddie Murphy throwing a Thank You for no reason and Bette Midler being fucking unfunny. To be fair, Her jokes may indeed be funny back in 1984 but it’s totally humorless like her 1990s sitcom.

Also, The award is notable for being one of the shows where Michael Jackson gained his Moonmen awards even though he didn’t attend to the show but we did get Herbie Hancock getting his trophies. As for the commercials, There’s adverts by MTV themselves and there are adverts from their sponsors like Pepsi (which surprisingly has Michael Jackson in one of them) but how does this almost-forgotten commercial that resembles a music video not be nominated?

It is kinda catchy, It’s filmed on what some have presumed to be a Cocaine Factory, The choreograph is surprising and it features Finola Hughes of Staying Alive and Generation X fame singing… I’ll vote for that because it’s the most funniest thing I’ve seen during the Eighties. Yeah, I’ll vote for this track over Cyndi Lauper, Eurythmics, Herbie Hancock and even Michael Jackson’s Thriller which is also a classic. This VMA is a hit-and-miss but does give a nostalgic look to how the show started. There are some moments and you could find them on YouTube but it’s best to watch those over a the full experience and it does have interesting commercials like one that I’ve just shown you. Hmm, I can’t wait to see the later MTV VMAs but I hope it doesn’t have this…


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