|Posted by Anna H. on January 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you sick of me gothing it up hardcore around It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns yet? Not to worry because next week, I'll be changing things up a bit.
While checking messages and working on today's blog last night, I noticed MTV Classic was showing music videos by 2 pioneers of Goth Rock. Not only did the network play a classic music video by The Cure, but also Peter Murphy from Bauhaus. Out of shock, I almost dropped 1/2 my Turkey Sub Sandwich.
MTV Classic airing The Cure's music videos is something to be expected. Now, a music video by the lead singer of Bauhaus? That is something exceedingly rare. NEVER in all my years have I ever seen MTV air a music video by Bauhaus, much less a music video by Peter Murphy himself. Hell, I have watched VH1 Classic (now turned MTV Classic) air Joy Division's music video for "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
Airing music videos by Peter Murphy and Bauhaus? Never. You could argue, that it really all depends on my timing of turning on music channels. However, MTV has a long-time history of blacklisting certain singers, rappers, groups, and bands. This definitely applies to excluding minorities talented in music.
Several months ago, I was really surprised that MTV use to blacklist music videos by talented minorities such as Michael Jackson and Prince. Originally, founders of the network ONLY wanted to air Rock music videos and music, that was close to Rock.
Michael Jackson had to strong arm MTV into playing music videos made by people of color. This especially applies to his music video, "Thriller." He threatened to tell the media about MTV discriminating against he, Prince, and other talented minorities.
Michael Jackson also let MTV know, that a lot of time, money, and talent went into making "Thriller."
After the network finally aired "Thriller," the music video instantly became the classic that it is today. Once I learned this surprising news, I really started viewing MTV a lot differently than I have throughout my life. I have been use to watching a wide variety of music videos, since the time of growing up during the 1980's and '90s.
Once I learned how biased, narrow-minded, and bigoted the people in charge of MTV's programming were, since its launch, it made me lose MORE respect for the network. It is quite interesting how MTV started as a network wanting to pander to only White America.
Today this exact same network now wants to act like self-righteous, civil rights activists and pander mostly to the black audience like it is suddently BET with non-stop SJW propaganda.
Therefore, if MTV blacklisted music icons such as Michael Jackson AND Prince, 35-36 years ago, the network will SURELY exclude anyone, who doesn't suit their branding at the moment. This really is a perfect example of MTV NOT wanting to play music videos made by certain artists for a certain group(s) of people.
The pioneers of Goth Rock may not be minorities, but I can tell you without a doubt, that I don't recall of ever seeing a Bauhaus music video. Goth fans were just lucky to see The Cure because Goth Music is extremely niche.
On a much lighter note, I thought I would share this satirical animation for Cartoon Sunday. Pitchfork TV made an informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
If you have never heard of Pitchfork.com, it was founded on New Year's Day 1996 and is supposedly considered 1 of the most popular online music resources. Pitchfork.com publishes daily reviews, features, interviews, and real-time music news coverage of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Pop, Metal, and Experimental Music.
As I watched Pitchfork's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture, I laughed. There are a few song samples from The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Ministry featured in the cartoon.
In addition, there are illustrations of some of these Goth bands' albums and of The Crow film. Then, there are jokes about who and what can be considered "Goth." I definitely laughed, when they said that Kanye West could be considered "Goth."
That particular scene is basically mocking hipsters. Everyone knows how much of posers they are, when it comes to any and everything.
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History of Goth" (2016)
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Categories: Cartoon Sunday