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April 27, 1986host J.J. Jackson
New June 22, 1986host Mark Goodman
July 13, 1986Lou Reed
September 28, 1986host Alan Hunter
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
May 31, 1987host Alan Hunter
Update  July 5, 1987host Alan Hunter
August 23, 1987(playlist only)
Update  September 27, 1987host Kevin Seal
October ?, 1987host Adam Curry
New November 8, 1987(playlist only)
November 29, 1987host Adam Curry
Update  December 13, 1987host Kevin Seal
December 20, 1987host Kevin Seal
December 27, 1987Mojo Nixon
 April 27, 1986
Watch the full episode on YouTube
Source for this playlist: Plarocks
Host: J.J. Jackson (We miss you!!!)

Lou Reed - No Money Down
The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene
The Art of Noise - Peter Gunn Theme
The Epidemics - Never Take No For An Answer
Bodeans - Fade Away
Hoodoo Gurus - Bittersweet
Boys Don't Cry - I Wanna Be A Cowboy
Latin Quarter - Modern Times
X-Ray: The Untouchables
The Untouchables - What's Gone Wrong
Cactus World News - Years Later
King - Alone Without You
Platinum Blonde - Somebody Somewhere
Vanity - Under The Influence
Chacko - Once Bitten, Twice Shy (No, not the Great White song!)
The Go Betweens - Bachelor Kisses
Roaring Boys - House of Stone
Oingo Boingo - Stay
John Farnham - Break The Ice (From the motion picture "Rad")
Sharks - Only Time Will Tell
Wild Blue - Fire With Fire
X-Ray: Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson - Language Is A Virus
Rob Jungklas - Boystown
Jean Beauvoir - Feel The Heat
Peter Frampton - All Eyes On You

The earliest known episode of 120 Minutes! I believe this is the 4th episode ever of this legendary program. After this episode, another episode starts with Mark Goodman hosting and he mentions that he will be playing Suzanne Vega, then the tape cuts off.

Our friends at Slicing Up Eyeballs wrote an article about this historic episode of 120 Minutes when footage of it surfaced on YouTube in April 2015.
 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 all of the videos into a special feature "Lou Reed: Take no prisoners" that we encourage you to check out.
 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
 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.
  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 on screen (in shadows or solarized) during the Kevin Seal era.

* The (4) designates part of a "4 in a row" block.
  May 31, 1987
Source for this comment: James B.
Host: Alan Hunter

From all that is known, an MTV X-ray segment from 5/31/87 was broadcast featuring the Butthole Surfers. It features Alan Hunter as host. [Playlist not available]
  July 5, 1987
Sources for this playlist: Keith B., Kevin J.
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 compilation)
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
Throwing Muses - Fish
 December 13, 1987
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Kevin Seal

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

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

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

120 X-Ray on the Red Hot Chili Peppers

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

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

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

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.

Screaming Blue Messiahs - "I Wanna Be A Flintstone"
The Golden Palominos f/ Michael Stipe - "Boy (Go)"

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 That Petrol Emotion and Fields Of The Nephilum, which I didn't record.


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