Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer?s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Were it not for MTV I can guarantee you that I wouldn?t be holding a microphone in my hand every Saturday morning on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown. Prior to the Internet, and before I was able to find my way to hole-in-the-wall record stores, MTV was my primary music source?well, I should say it became my primary source of music, when my religiously firm parents eased up on their secular restrictions and let me watch regularly.
Anyway, here are my three favorite MTV moments:
1.) Watching ?So What?cha Want?? For the Very First Time
It?s a well-known fact that I might be slightly obsessed with the Beastie Boys. The fascination began when I came home from school one afternoon in 1992, turned on MTV, and saw their video for ?So What?cha Want?? That?s the day I became a full-fledged fanatic. Twelve years later?in a pinch-me-if-I?m-dreaming moment?I got to host a live special on MTV where I introduced the Beastie Boys? performance of this very song.
2.) Nirvana, Live and Loud on New Year?s Eve
Because I felt like Nirvana was being shoved down my throat in the early ?90s, I tried my best to avoid the hype, but eventually found myself going head over heels (mosh pit-style) for them during MTV?s Live and Loud special, which ushered in the year 1994. Nirvana had grown into an exceptionally tight live band and sounded downright delicious this night, especially when launching into material off their current album, In Utero (which I always preferred over Nevermind). Pearl Jam cancelled their scheduled appearance on the show, which gave Nirvana the chance to play a longer set?which was fine by me.
3.) 120 Minutes
In the early ?90s, as my taste in music began to refine, it became more difficult for me to sit through a block of disposable pop music videos. Thankfully, MTV provided an alternative in 120 Minutes, by programming two hours of indie-minded music videos late on Sunday nights. I?m not saying every video was a classic, but if you watched from beginning to end, you?d have at least three new songs to put on your next mix tape. In another pinch-me-if-I?m-dreaming moment, I got to host the show when it was moved over to MTV2 many years later. (Coincidentally, 120 Minutes is returning to MTV2 this Saturday night, and yes I will be watching.)