1991 | MTV | 120 Minutes

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Update  January 6, 1991Top 20 videos of 1990
January 23, 1991(playlist only)
Update  March 10, 1991host Dave Kendall
April ?, 1991(playlist only)
Update  April ?, 1991(playlist only)
May 26, 1991Hoodoo Gurus
June 16, 1991host Dave Kendall in Manchester
June 23, 1991Depeche Mode, Wire, Nitzer Ebb
June 30, 1991Julian Cope
July 7, 1991Bernard Sumner of Electronic
July 14, 1991The Wonder Stuff
July 21, 1991Lollapalooza
July 28, 1991The Psychedelic Furs
August 4, 1991Siouxsie & The Banshees
August 11, 1991host Dave Kendall
August 18, 1991Nine Inch Nails at Lollapalooza
August 25, 1991Billy Bragg, Johnny Rotten, Hoodoo Gurus
September 1, 1991Reading Festival
September 8, 1991Robyn Hitchcock interview
September 15, 1991Carter USM
September 22, 1991Robyn Hitchcock performances
September 29, 1991The Farm
October 27, 1991(playlist only)
December 15, 1991The Clash documentary
 January 6, 1991
Top 20 alternative videos of 1990
Source for this playlist: Midori
 January 23, 1991
Source for this playlist: Jon C.
 March 10, 1991
Sources for this playlist: Will Y., Michael G.
Host: Dave Kendall
 April ?, 1991
Source for this playlist: PageTwo
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.
 April ?, 1991
Source for this playlist: PageTwo
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.
 May 26, 1991
Source for this playlist: C-Dub
Host: Dave Kendall
Guest: Hoodoo Gurus
(Date Clue: "Watch Liquid Television, premiering next Sunday!")
Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy Intro
Blah Blah Blah – "I don't want to see any people from crap T.V. stations!" – Andrew Eldritch – The Sisters of Mercy – To the 120 Crew in AZ
Time Warp – May 27, 1957 – Birthday of Susan Dallion A.K.A. Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees)
Record Rundown
Gang of Four – Mall
Swans – White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity
Dread Zeppelin – 5,000,000*
Rights of the Accused – Kick-Happy, Thrill-Hungry, Reckless, & Willing
Andy Prieboy – "Montezuma Was a Man of Faith" (Kendall twice calls it – "Montezuma Was a Man of Revenge")
Next Week
Talking with Mike Peters of the Alarm
Brand new videos from: Birdland, The Seers, Leaving Trains, and a cutting edge clip from Manufacture. Also a World Premiere video from Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees
 June 16, 1991
Sources for this playlist: Christopher E., Natasha
Hosted by Dave Kendall [week 2 in Manchester]
segment with Tony Wilson of Factory Records (24 Hour Party People fame) about The Wendys, and the Manchester scene and how they took the '80s Chicago's house scene and made it into their thing
Dave Kendall at the Hacienda Club in Manchester interviewing a woman who says it is the place to be on Thursday nights, otherwise it is just hip – hop
Dave Kendall talking to the dude from James, and said dude telling Kendall that the Manchester scene was never really a scene, and whatever it was has been dead for a year
Interview with New Fast Automatic Daffodils, presented as the next big thing
 June 23, 1991
Source for this playlist: Natasha
Guests: Depeche Mode (in London, on the last leg of their European Tour), Wire, Nitzer Ebb
 June 30, 1991
Sources for this playlist: JT, Natasha
Guest: Julian Cope
 July 7, 1991
Source for this playlist: JT
Guest: Bernard Sumner from Electronic
 July 14, 1991
Source for this playlist: JT
Guest: The Wonder Stuff
 July 21, 1991
Source for this playlist: Natasha
The show bits were filmed from Lollapalooza
 July 28, 1991
Source for this playlist: JT
Guest: The Psychedelic Furs
 August 4, 1991
Source for this playlist: Felicia
Host: Dave Kendall
Guest: Siouxsie & The Banshees
Date clue: There's a title card saying that Pete Burns' birthday is August 5. Dave Kendall announces at the end that the show will be off the following week while MTV plays Saturday Night Live for 24 hours.
The Top 10 Albums announced that week are:
10. The Wonder Stuff – Never Loved Elvis
9. The House of Love – A Spy in the House of Love
8. B.A.D. II – The Globe
7. Richard Thompson – Rumor and Sigh
6. Ned's Atomic Dustbin – God Fodder
5. The Candyskins – Space I'm In
4. Electronic – Electronic
3. Crowded House – Wood Face
2. Chapterhouse – Whirlpool
1. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Superstition
 August 11, 1991
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Dave Kendall
 August 18, 1991
Source for this playlist: Greg
Host: Dave Kendall
There wasn't an in-studio guest, but he did have a brief interview with Nine Inch Nails done on the Lollapalooza tour.
 August 25, 1991
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Dave Kendall
Amy's comments: There is a commercial for "Child's Play 3" which "starts Friday." Looked it up on IMDB and it was released Friday, August 30, 1991 -- So I'm going to date this episode at Sunday August 25, 1991.
 September 1, 1991
Source for this playlist: Stephen Singer
Host: Dave Kendall (wearing a Lollapalooza T-shirt)
The Reading Festival '91 Special
Notes for this episode:
- Date from VHS tape hand-dated at time of recording
- First international edition of 120 Minutes
- Nearly the last 10pm EST show time (would move to 11pm EST slot two weeks later)
- 1991 MTV Video Music Awards would be on Thursday September 5th, so heavily pushed during commercial slots
Sister of Mercy – Doctor Jeep
EMF – Lies ('MTV Exclusive')
'Chowing down with Sonic Youth' mini interview including Mudhoney and Courtney Love on site at Reading Festival
Sonic Youth live clip
Post-'Goo' plans
Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
Jim and Tim from James interview on site at Reading Festival
James – Sit Down (live Reading clip)
Smashing Pumpkins – Siva
Milltown Brothers – Apple Green
Nitzer Ebb live clip
Nitzer Ebb interview on site at Reading Festival
Nitzer Ebb – Family Man
Transvision Vamp – (I Just Wanna) B with U
Reading audience chat on site at Reading Festival
Ned's Atomic Dustbin live clip
Interview with Ned's Atomic Dustbin on site at Reading Festival, talk of American tour with Jesus Jones
Ned's Atomic Dustbin – Happy
Sisters of Mercy lead singer interview on site at Reading Festival, smoking and appears to be angry at Dave Kendall, U.S. tour woes, racial tensions at gigs, new album next year?
Five Thirty – 13th Disciple
B.A.D. II – Rush
Carter USM live clip
Carter USM interview on site at Reading Festival – like playing festivals?, bad puns, the concept behind 'Sheriff Fatman'
Carter USM – Sheriff Fatman
Chapterhouse live clip
Chapterhouse Andy and Stephen interview on site at Reading Festival, 'darlings of the press', origin of band name, UK tour and new single, U.S. tour coming up
Chapterhouse – Falling Down
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians – So You Think You're In Love
Pale Saints – Kinky Love
PWEI live clip
PWEI interview on site at Reading Festival – Clint and Adam, thoughts on large gigs
Pop Will Eat Itself – 92 Degrees Fahrenheit
The La's – Timeless Melody
The Wonder Stuff – Caught in my Shadow
Fan interview on site at Reading Festival – You like Iggy Pop?
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life (live clip)
Iggy Pop – Butt Town
Iggy Pop live clip under credits
 September 8, 1991
Source for this playlist: eskimospy
Host: Dave Kendall
Guest: Robyn Hitchcock
 September 15, 1991
Source for this playlist: Amy Macnamara
Host: Dave Kendall (wearing a Nirvana T-shirt)
Commercial for "Freddy's Dead" now playing (released September 13, 1991)
Commercial for the season premiere of The Simpsons "this Thursday." Looked it up on the internet and the the 1991 Simpsons season premiere was on Thursday, September 19, 1991.
Commercial for the premiere of Home Improvement "this Tuesday." Also looked up the premiere date of Home Improvement and it was indeed Tuesday, September 17, 1991!
AND THE BIGGEST CLUE: The 120 "Time Warp" was for September 15, 1986!
Dave Kendall closes the show saying that next week's episode will feature live clips from Robyn Hitchcock.
 September 22, 1991
Source for this playlist: eskimospy
Guest: Robyn Hitchcock (live performances)
 September 29, 1991
Source for this playlist: Stephen Singer
Host: Dave Kendall (wearing shades due to conjunctivitis)
Guest: The Farm
Notes for this episode:
- Date from VHS tape hand-dated at time of recording
- 'Bug' intro and transitions
Morrissey – My Love Life (World Premiere)
Transvision Vamp – (I Just Wanna) B with U
Top 10 College Radio Chart
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians – So You Think You're in Love
The Damned – Alone Again Or (120 Minutes Classic)
Nine Inch Nails 'You are watching 120 Minutes'
The Wonder Stuff – The Size of a Cow
The Blue Aeroplanes – Yr Own World
Northside – Take 5
Nirvana "You're watching 120 Minutes" (Kurt's arm in a cast)
Red Hot Chili Peppers sneak preview promoting 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik'
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away (MTV exclusive)
Nine Inch Nails – Down In It
The Wolfgang Press – Mamma Told Me Not To Come
Blah Blah Blah – Bernard Sumner of New Order/Electronic on "the despair I had I've tackled and I've come out a very happy man"
The Farm chat about 'Spartacus' Part one (recorded two weeks previous at MTV studios)
The Farm – Groovy Train
The Farm chat about 'Spartacus' Part two, Groovy Train thoughts
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (World Premiere)
Eleven – Rainbow's End
The Farm chat Part 3, the Liverpool 'scene'
Titanic Love Affair – Planet Strange
The Replacements – Alex Chilton
Billy Bragg "You're watching MTV"
MTV 120 Minutes news
This Picture ‚Äč- Naked Rain
Billy Bragg – Sexuality
Candyland – Fountain O' Youth
Psychedelic Furs "You're Watching MTV"
American Music Club – Rise
Love and Rockets – So Alive
The Cult – Wild Hearted Son
X-Ray segment – My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Sex on Wheelz
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult live under credits
 October 27, 1991
Source for this playlist: Matthew Z.
 December 15, 1991
Source for this comment: Matthew C.
Host: Dave Kendall
There is an article on the website Scratchbomb that discusses this episode and features several video clips from it. Highlights:
"Though this episode aired and was presumably taped after Nirvana 'broke', you'll notice very little Seattle stuff here. Grunge would soon dominate the 120 Minutes playlist, but during this particular episode the videos leaned heavily toward industrial (Ministry, Nitzer Ebb), British shoegaze, and indie rock like Urge Overkill. The last half hour of the episode contains some curious Christmas music from Hoodoo Gurus and The Wedding Present."
"There's some amazing live footage from a mini-documentary on The Clash that I've never seen anywhere else, from the band's early days, their 1982 concert at Shea Stadium, and lots of stuff in between. Also, some interesting testimonials from Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon."

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