Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pimp Out Your Teeth On MTV

MTV is dead and empty as a place for music. I've noticed it and now so have much younger folk than I. Just read some of the thoughts of a high school sophomore.

MTV is everything it wasn't born to be. It was born to be a music channel. It is now a reality-TV safe haven. It's a pathetic excuse for a music channel.

Let's change the name to the more appropriate "BTV"--Bad Reality Television."

It became pretty obvious during the late 80s and 90s that the M stood for Marketing, and at that, it's been most successful. That idea hit the other day when, coming back from Georgia, I made a stop in Cleveland, TN at a fast food place. (Not my choice, but my mom's.) Anyway, I talked to this black kid who worked there and he tried to respond, but he had a tough time talking around his silver teeth grill.

We even have a teeth grill shop in Morristown. How modern. Sorry, make that "grillz". No shizzle, dizzle.

I don't even see/hear decent videos or music on M2 or any of their variants. In the homemade world of YouTube, there are better videos, more of them and lots of classics too. Like this astonishing trio of Derek and the Dominoes, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.


  1. Anonymous5:07 PM

    Buggering up perfectly good teeth with inlays, perfectly good skin with tats, and perfectly good noses with sparkling studs.

    Monkey see, monkey do. Who's having the kids?

    Trends set by bad neighborhoods, nationalized by more centralized media conglomerates, aped by latch-key suburban kids.

    Just cash your checks and listen to your Guy Lombardo.

  2. I have a tattoo. Took me twenty years to work up the courage to get it at a little shop that had good reviews in New Orleans. It's no longer there, a victim of Katrina.
    It's the Eye of Ra.
    I love it. No piercings (other than ears) just because that's not my thing.
    MTV hasn't been good since JJ and Alan Hunter left.
    Showing my age here.
    Reality killed the Video Star.

  3. well now you've told on yourself about that tattoo .... the Eye of Ra is it?
    and where is it?

  4. Nothing too out there. It's on the inside of my right ankle.
    It was my 35th birthday present to myself. I would have preferred a Porshe, but .. oh well.
    I work in the news biz. Ain't a lot of money there, as you well know.

  5. nope, just money in the Owning a Media Company biz.
    i have been pondering a tattoo for years and the only image that constantly makes me smile is that little one-eared rabbit dude from Matt Groening's "Life Is Hell" comic strip.

  6. MTV hasn't been good since it cancelled 120 Minutes and Yo! MTV Raps!

    And I have three tattoos.

    I guess I'm showing my age here, too. ;)

    Seriously, though. Tattoos are hawt, Newscoma.

    Joe, perhaps you could fashion yourself a new grill out of your aluminum hat?

  7. The Matt Groehning tattoo would be wonderful, Joe. I used to have all those books and would laugh my butt off.
    Tits, I'm thinking about another. A friend of mine who has sleeves is trying to get met to get "Alice In Wonderland's" Mad Hatter from the first edition. He saw me reading it one day, (one of my favorites) and said it would suit me. I have no idea why. I don't think I'd look good with a skull with snakes coming out of the eyes or something like that.

  8. I have an anchor.

    Also, Bongo and the Mad Hatter would both make totally bitchin' tattoos.

  9. I happened talk to this dude in a bar years ago who had an very nicely done tat that ran from his bicep on the inside of his arm down to his wrist which was a skull in black and white with a beard made of bright green leaves and red roses. it was really an amazing and well made tat.
    as i was looking at it and saying "wow, that's cool" this other guy at the bar overheard and said very seriously "I got a Road Runner on my ass."
    Good times.

  10. Well, I have 2 tats.
    One on my back and one on the inside of my bicep.

    JP has been pondering a tat for as long as I've known him.
    He t'aint never gonna get hisself one.
    The pierced ear was quite radical enough.

    When I was in the 6th grade, I played the Mad Hatter in the school musical of Alice in Wonderland.
    It so rocked to wear a top-hat.