Happy 30th Birthday, MTV!: The First 10 Music Videos Ever Played On MTV

9. “Take It On The Run”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]REO Speedwagon[/lastfm]

MTV wasn’t just a great idea in general, it was an amazing way of bringing live concerts to the people.

The ninth video to ever play on MTV, REO Speedwagon’s “Take It On The Run” shows up-close-and-personal just what stellar musicians everyone in the group was.

And the sparkles.

Would you be able to see the sparkles on Gary Richrath’s shirt during his amazing guitar solo if you weren’t watching him up close on MTV? Probably not.

  • Michael J Hoffman

    While watching the Pretenders video one cannot help but draw a parallel between a young Chrissy Hynde and Amy Winehouse. The video’s story arc and Ms Hynde’s waitress character look nearly mirror what would ultimately become the story of Ms Winehouse’s life and tragic and untimely death.

    That these songs are able to narrate recent events gives testimony to the timelessness of great music. Hopefully, too, it suspends some of our judgement and makes us realize, that, like the rest of us, maybe Ms Winehouse just wanted to feel “special”.

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