The Great Big 80s Christmas Jukebox

Seems like just about everbody in the 80s put out a holiday single or even a full album- that’s a ton of 80s Christmas cheer and we’ve got so much of it here on yello80s we just had to share with you! Check out the Yello80s Christmas jukebox and jingle bell like it’s 1985. We’ve got Sting, Sheena Easton, Run-DMC, Tom Tom Club, Cocteau Twins, NKOTB, The Jets, Dan Fogelberg, Grace Jones, Dead or Alive, Stevie Nicks and SO MANY MORE! And while you’re at it, follow us on Youtube @Yello80s for all the 80s you can handle!

Happy 35th, MTV

English: This is a logo for MTV.
English: This is a logo for MTV. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today marks 35 years of one of the 80s hugest icons- MTV ( Music Television). You couldn’t have been an 80s kid and escaped the influence of music videos on fashion, culture and sometimes even politics. MTV brought us the concept of the Vjay (video deejay) and skyrocketed some bands to obscure one hit history (A-ha anyone?). Music videos became an art form that took expression into a new dimension. Combining visual arts with dance, fashion and music, Music videos represented the ultimate in self expression. Love em or hate em, back in the day MTV was the showcase for the best and worst of the too 40. How much do you know about MTV? 1. MTVwas launched on 1 August, 1981 2. The first video broadcast was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles in the US- in Europe it was Dire Straights‘ Money for Nothing, 3. Music videos weren’t invented by MTV, in fact bands had been making them here and there since the late 1960s. MTV was the first channel to broadcast them 24/7 (USA actually broadcast music video blocks 3 years earlier under the title “Video Concert Hall“). 4. Warner-Amex VP John Lack who intoned the first moments of MTV broadcast, was also one of the three execs behind Nickelodeon. 5. The first videos played in mind for a music channel were from Europe and test run on Nickelodeon to great reception. 6. At its debut, MTV was only available to cable subscribers in the New Jersey- about 10,000 viewers. 7. Previous to the channel’s launch, parent company Warner-Amex featured an interactive cable service named Qube which incorporated a feature in which viewers could vote for their favourite music artists. Qube featured the Pinwheel channel as well- some 80s kids may remember this as Nickelodeon’s forerunner. MTV owns Nickelodeon these days. 8. MTV’s Unplugged series debuted in 1989. 9. The first MTV Music Video Awards were held in 1984 when VH1 also made its broadcast debut. 10. Light on content during its first day, MTV aired 11 different Rod Stewart videos. 11. Who was the first Vjay televised on MTV?  Alan Hunter 12. If you want to get technical, the first actual video set to music was done by William Dickson in 1895. 13. One of MTVs Vjays bought MTV.com in 1993 with the ok of the station but was later sued for the domain after they left the channel’s employ. 14.  Sadly, we’ve been crying for years now that MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore- apparently they agreed in 2011 and didn’t bother showing any special programming to celebrate their 30th birthday. 15. The very last video to be played 35 years ago on MTV’s launch date was Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold. Courtesy Steven Watson Sources MBA-Mom MTVhistory Time History.com ppcorn.com

Obscure 80s – Thomas Dolby: Europa and the Pirate Twins

Thomas Dolby: Europa and the Pirate Twins courtesy Golden Eighties c. 1981, album: Golden Age of Wireless I was fourteen She Was Twelve Father travelled – hers as well Europa Down the beaches Hand in hand Twelfth of never on the sand Then war took her away We swore a vow that day: We’ll be the Pirate Twins again, Europa Oh my country, Europa I’ll stand beside you in the rain, Europa Ta republique…

Nine years after, who’d I see On the cover of a magazine? Europa Buy her singles and see all her films Paste her pictures on my windowsill But that’s not quite the same – It isn’t, is it? Europa my old friend…

We’ll be the Pirate Twins again Europa Oh my country. Europa I’ll walk beside you in the rain Europa Ta republique…

Blew in from the hoverport She was back in London Pushed past the papermen Calling her name She smiled for the cameras As a bodyguard grabbed me Then her eyes were gone forever As they drove her away… We’ll be the Pirate Twins again, Europa Oh my country, Europa I’ll walk beside you in the rain Europa Ta republique …

Sources: Metrolyrics