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1986-87 | MTV | 120 Minutes



April 27, 1986host J.J. Jackson
July 13, 1986Lou Reed
September 28, 1986(playlist only)
January 25, 1987host Downtown Julie Brown
February 1, 1987(playlist only)
March 15, 1987host Downtown Julie Brown
March 22, 1987(playlist only)
April 19, 1987host Alan Hunter
May 3, 1987host Alan Hunter
May 10, 1987host Alan Hunter
July 5, 1987host Alan Hunter
August 23, 1987(playlist only)
September ?, 1987host Kevin Seal
October ?, 1987host Adam Curry
November 29, 1987host Adam Curry
December 13, 1987host Kevin Seal
December 20, 1987host Kevin Seal
December 27, 1987Mojo Nixon
ShareTweetLink July 13, 1986
Source for this episode: dpallen
Host: Lou Reed
Guests: Mark Josephson, Suzanne Vega

One of the earliest episodes of 120 Minutes was hosted by Lou Reed, ahead of the 1986 New Music Seminar in NYC. There is no playlist available for this episode, but YouTube user dpallen uploaded several video clips from it in 2012. The videos show Lou Reed grilling Mark Josephson, co-director of the New Music Seminar, as well as discussing "E=MC2" by Big Audio Dynamite, interviewing Suzanne Vega, and talking about U2 and Cactus World News. Following Lou's death in 2013, we compiled the videos into a special blog post.

Go to our blog post, Lou Reed: Take no prisoners
ShareTweetLink April 19, 1987
Source for this playlist: Keith B.
Host: Alan Hunter
(date clue: My Demon Lover in theaters "this Friday" - rel. 4/24/87)

Thrashing Doves - Beautiful Imbalance
Mighty Lemon Drops - My Biggest Thrill
(New releases with Dave Kendall - Voivod, Life Sentence - debut; Slap - Songs from the Cross; Alter-natives - Hold Your Tongue)
Suicidal Tendencies - Possessed to Skate
Gang Green - Another Wasted Night
Camper van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper - Burn Down the Malls
R.E.M. - (All I've Got To Do Is) Dream (from "Athens, GA: Inside/Out")
The Style Council - Heavens Above
Bad Brains performance clip and interview
Bad Brains - I Against I
David Van Tieghem - Galaxy
Cocteau Twins - Love's Easy Tears
CS Angels - The Cutting Edge
Swinging Pistons - I Love the Sound of Machines
Kraftwerk - The Telephone Call
(New releases with Dave Kendall - Crowded House - Something So Strong 12"; Celibate Rifiles - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang EP; Bambi Slam - Bamp Bamp; David Sylvian - Gone to Earth)
Spear of Destiny - Strangers in Our Town
SWA - Arroyo
Microdisney - Town to Town
The Bolshoi - Sunday Morning
Frank Haskell - Jeannie Boppin' Jeannie (MTV Basement Tapes winner)
Wednesday Week - Missionary
(Alan Hunter - artists having trouble getting into US)
(Brief R.E.M. interview re: Athens, GA)
The Squalls - Na. Na. Na. Na.
Ups & Downs - Living Kind
ShareTweetLink May 3, 1987
Source for this playlist: Tom Walsh
Host: Alan Hunter

This is the only video I know for certain since the May 10, 1987, episode mentioned it premiered on "last week's show."

XTC - Dear God (World Premiere)

Probably at the beginning of the second hour.
ShareTweetLink  May 10, 1987
Source for this playlist: Tom Walsh
Host: Alan Hunter

Cocteau Twins - Love's Easy Tears
Mission U.K. - Severina
120 Spotlight on Frontier Records (by Dave Kendall)
Huxton Creepers - Autumn Leaves (4)*
Ups & Downs - Living Mind (4)
Mighty Lemon Drops - My Biggest Thrill (4)
Camper Van Beethoven - Good Guys and Bad Guys (4)
Tour Info on Young Fresh Fellows
XTC - Senses Working Overtime (Cult Classic video)
XTC - Dear God (Hip Clip of the Week)
120 X-Ray on Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies - Possessed to Skate (4)

Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Passenger(World Premiere) (4)
Fuzzbox - Love Is the Slug (4)
Faith No More - We Care a Lot (4)
Kraftwerk - The Telephone Call
Erasure - Sometimes
120 Spotlight on Club Music (by Dave Kendall)
Red Box - Lean on Me (4)
Thrashing Doves - Beautiful Imbalance (4)
The Damned - Alone Again Or (4)
Big Dipper - Faith Healer (4)
Quote of the Week
Kid Curry - In America (Basement Tapes Winner)
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You
New Music News
Cro-Mags - We Gotta Know (4)
Spear of Destiny - Strangers in Our Town (4)
The The - Heartland (4)
Iggy Pop - Isolation (4)

Note: Dave Kendall was only a voiceover at this point. I *think* he started appearing onscreen (in shadows or solarized) during the Kevin Seal era.

* the (4) designates part of a "4 in a Row" block.
ShareTweetLink  July 5, 1987
Source for this playlist: Keith B.
Host: Alan Hunter
(date from Alan saying "I hope you had a rad Independence Day")

Laibach - Geburt Einer Nation (Queen cover)
(New Releases - Psychedelic Furs - Shock; Trance Dance - A Ho Ho; Mood Six - I Saw the Light; Lonely Is An Eyesore (4AD comp))
The Golden Palominos - Boy (Go)
Nitzer Ebb - Murderous
The Downsiders - Another Horn's Cry (Count on Your Hands)
Long Ryders - I Want You Bad
Black Flag - TV Party
Suicidal Tendencies - Possessed to Skate
("Athens, GA Inside/Out" contest winners - tour of Athens)
R.E.M. - (All I've Got To Do Is) Dream (from "Athens, GA: Inside/Out")
The Wolfgang Press - Cut the Tree
Screaming Blue Messiahs - Wild Blue Yonder
The The - Infected
The Smiths - Sheila Take a Bow
Julian Cope - Eve's Volcano
(New releases - Trouble Funk - Trouble Over Here; Force M.D.'s - Love is a House; Kid Creole & The Coconuts - I Too Have Seen the Woods; The Saints - Temple of the Lord)
Spear of Destiny - Strangers in Our Town
(end cuts off)
ShareTweetLink December 13, 1987
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Kevin Seal

"Stop me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" - The Smiths
"Oh Lucky Man" - Grapes Of Wrath

Dave's Record Reviews: Hagatha, a German Christian Industrial rock band whose name I can't spell, Jesters Of Destiny (?), and Dead Milkmen

"Fourth Of July" - X
"It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - R.E.M.
"Pump Up The Volume - M/A/R/R/S
"Gone Daddy Gone" - Violent Femmes (Cult Classic)
"It's A Wonderful Life" - Fishbone

120 X-Ray on the Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Fight Like A Brave" - RHCP
"Never Let Me Down" - Depeche Mode
"Motion Of Love" - Gene Loves Jezebel
"Wheels Turning" - The Woodentops

Dave's Record Reviews: Less Than Zero (soundtrack), Straight To Hell (soundtrack), The Black Girls, Great Plains

"Cara Lee" - Chris Stamie
"E=MC2" - Big Audio Dynamite
"Second Chance" - Lemonheads
"Big Time Operator" - Dead Milkmen

New Music News: Nitzer Ebb will not be able to open for Depeche Mode in North America because their visas were turned down, Pogues make a new album with Joe Strummer + a clip from their new video "Fairytale In New York", AIDS Benefit in NYC called Where The Rubber Hits The Road.

"I Wanna Be A Flintstone" - Screaming Blue Messiahs

Kevin Seal signs off and says "I leave you with Public Image Ltd, the Housemartins, and The Cure." Tape ends.

During the episode Kevin Seal also announces videos by The Golden Palaminos (?), That Petrol Emotion, and Fields Of The Nephilum, which I didn't record.
ShareTweetLink December 20, 1987
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Kevin Seal

This is a partial episode for sure and I can't reconstruct it because when I tried to play the tape it was nothing but blank static. I am going by what my 7th grade handwriting had written down on the tape insert:

"The Right Stuff" - Bryan Ferry
"Postcards From Paradise" - Flesh For Lulu
"Lips Like Sugar" - Echo & The Bunnymen
"Happy When It Rains" - Jesus & Mary Chain
"It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - R.E.M.
"Binoculars" - Fetchin' Bones
"Revenge" - Ministry (Cult Classic)
"Don't Let's Start" - They Might Be Giants
"Snake Handler" - Divine Horsemen
"Ahead" - Wire
"Desire" - Gene Loves Jezebel
"True Faith" - New Order
Record Reviews - Dave Kendall
120 X-ray - Richard Lloyd


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