December 16, 1994 |
This year in rock, by most media accounts, pretty much consisted of Kurt Cobain going to his grave, Elvis Presley rolling over in his grave, Trent Reznor wishing he were dead and the kicking of a dead horse at Woodstock II. MTV focuses on Cobain, Reznor and Woodstock (stock having been the operative word there) in the 1994 edition of "The Year in Rock," eulogizing the late Nirvana leader at greatest length but stopping just short of wistfully proclaiming the day the music died.
October 27, 1994 |
The Rolling Stones aren't about to be pulled by anybody into a serious, direct discussion of the question of aging in rock 'n' roll. But the makers of tonight's VH-1 special, "Conversations With the Rolling Stones," do elicit at least a bon mot or two on the subject: "It doesn't mean that I have to do the same delivery as a 21-year-old," says Mick Jagger, pungently exasperated as usual, "but I'm not gonna fall down in the middle of it and die!"
February 26, 1998 |
ENTERTAINMENT Contract Smashing?: Virgin Records has sued one of its top acts, the Smashing Pumpkins, for breach of contract, claiming in an L.A. Superior Court lawsuit that the band told Virgin officials in January that it would not make any more albums for the company, even though four more are due under a seven-album contract. However, under a state law, such contracts expire in seven years; the band signed with Virgin in 1991 and hopes to now work out a better deal.
August 23, 1994 |
electronically scrambling, for example, the marijuana emblems that show up with smoke-alarming regularity on major gangsta rappers' caps and shirts in videos these days, as if they had endorsement contracts. So it's just a bit of a surprise that "Straight Dope: An MTV News Special Report"--an hour special hosted and written by Kurt Loder--finally comes down implicitly but palpably on the pro-pot, or at least pro-legalization, side.
July 21, 1989 |
Savvy record publicists learned early in the compact-disc craze that the best way to get critics' attention was to send out a CD copy of a new album rather than the conventional vinyl one. At a time when critics still had few of the discs, writers were so caught up with the excellent CD sound quality that they tended to listen to almost anything that came their way in the format.
September 22, 1989 |
"We're going to do what we can with the material that we now do," an anxious British singer says on a home demo tape that he made in 1969 to showcase his new songs for record executives. "Some of it has been considered 'single' material, but we'll leave that up to you to sort out. . . . Anyway, the first one is called 'Space Oddity.'
August 11, 1993 |
Since most music videos only cover three or four major deadly sins, max, at any one time, MTV has finally decided to cover them all at once with the definitive special "Seven Deadly Sins: An MTV News Special Report" (airing tonight at 10). The hour is a lively mixture of film and pop celebrities and everyday folks musing about how these time-tested traps of humanity impact their lives.
November 26, 1997 |
And you say television is predictable? Who would have guessed a few years ago that one of TV's rages of the '90s would be two homely, repulsive, eternally flatulent, irredeemably moronic teenagers who can barely read, have reached the apex of their lives working in a greasy burger joint and spend most of their time rapt before a set watching rock videos and fantasizing about "scoring"? As in having rip-roaring sex 'round the clock.
February 16, 1998
Listen carefully and you can hear the banging of the drums--a new Madonna album is coming. That will be evident to anybody tuning in today to MTV, which will premiere the video for the singer's new single, "Frozen," about 4 p.m. and broadcast it five more times over the next eight hours. The single itself won't be released officially to radio until Thursday, but some stations have already been playing it for several days.