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Old 01-23-2008, 10:38 PM   #16
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Fuck VH1 and everything it stands for.

I couldn't wait for Cori to even speak for me.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:49 PM   #17
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Fuck VH1 and everything it stands for.

I couldn't wait for Cori to even speak for me.
Surely you only refer to VH1 as it is now....surely you don't refer to what it was up until five years ago.

And stop derailing my thread people!
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I mean as it stands now.
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Storytellers and Behind The music were the best now they can still be seen on my new love VH1 Classic
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It's not just VH1, major media outlets and good music do not go hand in hand anymore...

Which is their loss.
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Me too.
What cable company are you with? We have it with Comcast Digital. It's glorious. Springsteen's Storytellers was on Sunday night, and it was amazing.
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What cable company are you with? We have it with Comcast Digital. It's glorious. Springsteen's Storytellers was on Sunday night, and it was amazing.
I have Wow.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:49 AM   #23
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interesting thread...

thinking about it, the change was inevitable. as you mentioned in your description of the design of the format at it's inception, it was geared to older music fans in the '80's. by the mid 90's, these fans were 10 years older, probably had families or more important things to do than watch VH1 all day. however, there was a new crop of 20-somethings with disposable income and free time, the farts who grew up watching MTV in the '80's (me and my generation!). after 10 years of whittling down our collective attention span with MTV, i think they reckoned it wouldn't change with aging, so the format became distinctly more MTV-like. instead of updating the playlist to accomodate the exciting new music of the '90's and early 2000's, they just made progressively more shows catering to our collective growing fascination with celebrity.

i think VH1 began to lose it with 'behind the music'. to me, this represents when the programming began to focus on the celebrity aspect of musicians and lost focus on music. the show was sometimes interesting, but they made episodes for EVERYONE. and mostly they weren't interesting, just annoying. more about bickering bandmates than about the music and influences. i actually LOST interest in bands watching this show. that can't be good...

storytellers was, and still is, a great program. it's just scheduled so haphazardly. i never know when it's on. so i don't even try. and their decisions regarding which ones to air is mind-boggling. they showed that green day one about 10,000 times (and i like that album, but come on!). i think the smashing pumpkins episode was aired like twice. i've still never seen it...

how hard would it be to dedicate 2 or 3 hours to airing old MTV unplugged or 10 spot episodes on friday or saturday night. i'd gladly stay in to watch SRV's solo acoustic performance followed by radiohead from NYC 1997 followed by the cure playing toy pianos and bongos in a giant bed on their own unplugged . shit - i'd make a party out of it...

in the end, VH1 has become more like E! television than anything else. i don't begrudge the programmers or executives. they want to give the viewer what the viewer wants. apparently, this is what we want...
ho hum....
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Well, with the expansion of the MTV networks, you can still watch music videos on any of their channels. But, first you have to wade through the shit they call programming. Believe it or not, MTV and VH-1 still play music videos, just not very often. But if videos are what you want from the MTV networks, here are some suggestions:
MTV 2
MTV Tres
MTV Hits
VH-1 Classic
VH-1 Soul
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i honestly don't care for music videos.
i understand that their an essential bit of the music industry now.
but i think it's a shit format.
i'm a big fan of live music. wish there was a live music performances channel...
now THAT would be something...
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I have Wow.
We switched from them a few months ago when Comcast was running some promo deal. We just had basic with WOW so no Classic, but I'm surprised they don't even have it in their digital line-up. That blows.
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Re: The Decline Of VH1(The Story Of Three Eras)

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The List

Does anybody remember this show? It only lasted for one season but I looooooved it and really hope to get my hands on those episodes somehow.

It was where they'd get a group of 4-5 celebrities, sometimes all from the same show or band or whatever, and they'd sit in a circle and make top 5 lists(top 5 bands, top 5 rock songs, top 5 albums, top 5 pop songs, top 5 videos, top 5 this, top 5 that), and at the end the audience would get to vote on it. Fucking awesome show. Rob Gordon would have loved it.

I loved that show.
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We switched from them a few months ago when Comcast was running some promo deal. We just had basic with WOW so no Classic, but I'm surprised they don't even have it in their digital line-up. That blows.
I don't even watch that much tv anymore so it'd be pointless to switch.
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i still watch early morning VH1...they focus on some good indie stuff from time to time
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I am pretty clear about how I feel about VH1, though. Cori, if you wander back in here, you can speak for me, no?
Sorry, my friend. I was out all last night gallivanting with friends prior to the U23D flick.

VH1 = snark made for snarky people



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