More adds and loose ends

Believe it or not, we’re still alive! There’s not very much to add to The 120 Minutes Archive right now, but we have some corrections and one additional classic episode. In this latest update, we also talk about the current state of MTV and its sister channels, and how you can stay on top of new music.

Cover story

In June, as the world knows, we witnessed the tragic death of Michael Jackson, who was known as the king of pop. But he might have also been the king of MTV and music videos. If you watched the few days after Jackson’s death, you would’ve thought MTV never changed.

Read more in our brand new cover story, A farewell fit for a king.

Updates to the archive

I think the archive has begun to plateau, because we have so many episodes (over half of the entire series of 120 Minutes), I doubt we’ll get many more in the future. If it existed, we probably already have it. Nevertheless, we have one new addition to the mix this summer, and some corrections.

The new episode is one from September 3, 1989, featuring some videos from Big Audio Dynamite, Hodoo Gurus, The Cure (a world premiere at the time), and an entire Cult Classic block of stuff.

Most of those videos from the show are just one click away from viewing, as usual. If you missed the news, at the beginning of this year, we added instant YouTube search links to all 5,000+ music videos in the archive. Just click on any video in the archive and you’ll be taken straight to YouTube to watch it. Even better, it works for about 90% of the videos we have listed.

We’ve also updated some classic listings, including the episode for June 14, 1992, and the ones bordering it. We corrected some information about the videos played and guests interviewed.

The loose ends

It can be difficult to stay informed and up-to-date about new music these days, but I’ve found a helpful place you can go. It’s within the iTunes Store, called What’s Hot. Just go to the Music section of the iTunes store and scroll down until you see the promotional image for it. What’s Hot lists the new singles added to the store in all genres, including alternative and electronic. It’s a good, easy way to find out what’s new. Where else do you go? Let us know.

Meanwhile, let’s talk about what’s up with MTV and its related channels these days. Somewhat surprisingly, MTV2 still airs a weekly block of videos called Subterranean, but of course, it’s totally automated and not an actual show. MTV2 has been airing a feature called “MTV2 Legit” on the weekends, which is a weird blender of clips from old ’90s MTV shows — the good ones, along with early ’90s videos. Pretty cool, but of questionable usefulness. Over on VH1, Jim Shearer is still with us, but let’s face it, those videos on the Top 20 Countdown are a snoozefest.

Of course, MTV is totally unrecognizable anymore. Their only live programming, a daily talk show called It’s On with Alexa Chung, is a decent show with a likable host, but it has nothing to do with music.

Back to the future

That’s all we’ve got for now; thanks for reading this summer’s update. Remember, you’re always invited to contact us via the links below. We’ll see you next time, whenever that might be!

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