Around 2001, VH1 Classic was one of my favorite channels on television. Thanks to VH1 Classic I discovered a variety of music, and shows like “Rock Fest,” “he 60’s Generation,” “All Request Hour,” and “Tuesday Twoplay” became staples on my television.
This was the perfect music channel for me, I even enjoyed the fact that each show had a unique take on the VH1 Classic logo. But that was before they went to a generic logo…
Anywho, a few years later it started slipping down my list of favorite cable channels, thanks to the same handful of specials and movies clogging its schedule. Gone was the variety of music, and for a while they seemed to play only 80’s videos and some metal stuff. In a couple of weeks, VH1 Classic will see its biggest change ever, and things are either going to get better, or they’re about to get worse.
Starting on August 1, VH1 Classic will be no more. The channel will be re-branded MTV Classic. If their new commercial is any indication, it would seem the new channel will be a retro channel featuring old videos, old MTV bumpers, and old MTV shows.
Look, I know times change and audiences change too. I’m also very aware that music videos don’t hold the same power they did when I was a kid. But I miss being able to watch music videos on tv and I refuse to believe I’m alone in that.
I just never understood why MTV couldn’t air videos from the morning until like 5 PM, and then go reality show crazy for the rest of the time. Surely there must be a way to give old people like me what they liked about MTV in the 80’s and 90’s, while still giving current audiences what they like.
Maybe, just maybe, MTV Classic can bring back some of the fun, but right now, I just don’t trust anything related to MTV.