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Put Another Token In The Nickelodeon...
Haleon
mudcub
As a teenager, I loved to visit my grandparents in Urbandale, Iowa. They had MTV! This was right when it came out... I think I saw the first few days it ever broadcast. I remember Hunters & Collectors "Talking To A Stranger", which I *think* was the second video MTV played right after The Buggle's "Video Killed The Radio Star", but I can't confirm that. My grandfather couldn't understand how I could sit in front of the TV and watch music videos for hours. But it was amazing... like history in the making. The pop culture and music that I loved was in visual form for the first time. It was like seeing a hidden side of my favorite artists, so I HAD to keep watching just in case I missed something.

But I also loved going down to the local video arcade. It was called the "Fun Factory". Sadly, it closed in the nineties. But here are some photos of Tokens, a different amusement arcade that I visted while I was in Des Moines, Iowa last weekend. It had a sad run-down vibe to it, like a low-rent Chuck E. Cheese. It made me long for "Showtime Pizza" - if you remember that place, then you were truly old school. Or rather you were old truant-from-school-because-you-were-too-busy-playing-Frogger-at-the-7-11 school.

Sign

Door

Command

Birthday

Dance

Lane

Balls

Bowling

Trucks

Neon

Prize

Smile

Golf

Hole

Ape

Monkey

Blacklight_Animals

Jaws

Moon_TV

Buzzer

Cars

Moon_Tables

Moon_Smile

Alien


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You HAD to mention MTV

My parents had cable and I remember when it first went on the air too and all those cool videos, some of them dating back to 1980 and earlier, which unless you never watched Closet Classics Capsule on MTV, it was where they played the really old stuff, such as Bang a Gong (Get it On) by T-Rex, a classic 70's special effects wipe video, all done in studio and a studio switcher I'm sure but classic film based clips to popular songs going back to the 60's, much of that being psychodelic and some were clips from old TV shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show. Anyway, that and WTBS' Night Tracks filled many a Friday and Saturday evening back in the day.

And thanks to MTV, it's how I got into a lot of the New wave stuff.

Edited at 2010-03-31 01:35 am (UTC)

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