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April 27, 1986host J.J. Jackson
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)
New February ?, 1987host Alan Hunter
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
July 5, 1987host Alan Hunter
New August 9, 1987(playlist only)
New August 16, 1987(playlist only)
August 23, 1987(playlist only)
September 27, 1987host Kevin Seal
October ?, 1987host Adam Curry
November 8, 1987(playlist only)
November 29, 1987host Adam Curry
December 13, 1987host Kevin Seal
December 20, 1987host Kevin Seal
December 27, 1987Mojo Nixon
 April 27, 1986
Source for this playlist: Plarocks
Watch the full episode on YouTube
Host: J.J. Jackson (We miss 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.
 June 22, 1986
Source for this playlist: Will Y.
Host: Mark Goodman
 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.
 September 28, 1986
Source for this playlist: Mike W.
Host: Alan Hunter
 January 25, 1987
Source for this playlist: Mr. Briefcase
Host: Downtown Julie Brown
 February 1, 1987
Source for this playlist: Jon C.
 February ?, 1987
Source for this playlist: Bob B.
Watch the partial episode on YouTube
Host: Alan Hunter
The date listed for this episode is a guess based on the confirmed dates of adjacent episodes. If you know the exact date of this episode, let us know.
Date clues from the "120 Spotlight":
Sonic Youth recording new album Sister — released in June 1987
Upsidedowntown issued by Painted Willie — issued in 1987 per Wikipedia
Megadeth 12" release of Wake Up Dead — released in 1987 per Discogs
 March 15, 1987
Source for this playlist: Mr. Briefcase
Host: Downtown Julie Brown
 March 22, 1987
Source for this playlist: Jon C.
 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
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
  August 9, 1987
Source for this playlist: Mervius
Depeche Mode – "Strangelove"
(rest of episode not available)
  August 16, 1987
Source for this playlist: Mervius
  August 23, 1987
Source for this playlist: Valeri Burton
 September 27, 1987
Sources for this playlist: Keith B., Mervius
Host: Kevin Seal
 October ?, 1987
Source for this playlist: Keith B.
Host: Adam Curry
 November 8, 1987
Source for this playlist: Mervius
 November 29, 1987
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Adam Curry
 December 13, 1987
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Kevin Seal
Dave's Record Reviews: Hagatha, a German Christian Industrial rock band whose name I can't spell, Jesters Of Destiny (?), and Dead Milkmen
120 X-Ray on the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dave's Record Reviews: Less Than Zero (soundtrack), Straight To Hell (soundtrack), The Black Girls, Great Plains
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.
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.
 December 20, 1987
Sources for this playlist: Amy Macnamara, Jonathan D.
Host: Kevin Seal
Amy noted: "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:"
Jonathan later submitted the remainder of the playlist for this episode:
 December 27, 1987
Sources for this playlist: David G., Jeremy H.
Comments from Jeremy H.: "What I have has Mojo Nixon as a special guest. He's talking about the U.S. funding of the contras. It's pretty cool to look at now."

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