Friday, June 01, 2007

Viewers Choose

I was dusting off some old video tapes I found in my bedroom drawers earlier on and, in between the ones featuring every television appearance by the Manics between 1998-2000 and haphazardly recorded snippets from dodgy late-night German satellite channels, I found a copy of my hour of music that was shown on MTV2. In the early days of the channel they had regular 'viewers choose' hours, where you could go on their website and choose 14 songs you wanted shown, and then hope you got picked. Mine was shown on Friday July 14th 2000 at 8pm, and I specifically remember getting 'the lads' round to watch it at my old house in Saltburn.

This was in the days before MTV2 became a kamikaze selection of advert breaks, relentless 'charts', and fast flashing coloured screens that make your head spin. And it was before Zane Lowe, if you can imagine that. Back in the year 2000 it had absolutely no adverts atall, and even boasted about the fact with regular 'No Commercials' messages between songs. They'd just play a great mixture of alternative hits and obscure offerings, interspersed with these occasional viewers choice hours. Great stuff.

I'm glad I've got it on tape. I sat down and watched it this evening for the first time since it was on, instead of enduring the inevitable tedium of an England friendly on BBC1. It's like having a time capsule of my music taste from a specific time in my life. The only downside is when it flashes up whose hour it's showing, and for some bizarre, unknown reason the 16-year old version of me had opted for the embarrassing gangster-rapper nomenclature of 'Paddy D'.

Here's the songs as they were shown, together with YouTube links to them so it can all be relived online.

The Music Of A 16-Year Old Paddy D: July 2000

Manics - From Despair To Where (view)
Muse - Uno (view)
Ash - Girl From Mars (view)
The Clash - London Calling (view)
Manics - Revol (view)
Placebo - Nancy Boy (view)
JJ72 - Long Way South (view)
Ash - A Life Less Ordinary (view)
Manics - Faster (view)
Muse - Muscle Museum (Original video) (view)
Soulwax - Conversation Intercom (view)
Stereophonics - Bartender And The Thief (view)
Green Day - Basket Case (view)
Manics - The Everlasting (view)


(The last track was meant to be Stay Beautiful, but for some reason they changed it, which was annoying as at the time I'd never seen the SB video. Paint galore, it's great).

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