I could be making a post about how lucky I/we am/are to be alive in this instant of miracle and wonder, but I want to concentrate on one specific thing.
You see, I got told by someone who knows about this sort of thing that there is a sort of window of receptiveness for music. You generally get into music somewhere in your mid-teens, and this continues until your mid or late 20's, after which you get a bit set in your ways, or you have a wife and 2 screaming mortgages and you just don't have time. And so it was with me. And in my early 20's I was seriously into my tunes.
Just imagine if they decided to put a programme on the telly, right at peak time, on a mainstream channel, that was devoted to playing videos and stuff by some cool-as-fuck bands. It wouldn't happen now, but back in the early 1990's, shadowing the rise of the indie/rave/Madchester thing that's exactly what happened. Janet Street-Porter brought SnubTV from the US to Britain, and the eyes and ears of an unsuspecting teatime BBC2 audience were treated to Sonic Youth, Ride, Spacemen3, Fatima Mansions, and The Cramps, to name but a few.
Nowadays of course, there are 9,582,490,850 channels available, even if you don't have a cable subscription, and you can probably find a channel playing slow motion reversed footage of vomiting swans somewhere if you look hard enough, but at the time, most of us had just the 4, and to use fully 25% of them playing alternative music was pretty damn remarkable.
It couldn't last of course. 3 seasons and it was gone. I don't remember what replaced it.
Ultra Vivid Scene - Mercy Seat on MUZU.
sonic youth snub tv bbc 1989
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