Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Friday Night Videos - For Kids Without MTV

Teens tuned in to 
Friday Night Videos on NBC.

Back in the early 1980s, cable TV was a luxury to most kids. For teens without MTV, NBC's late night music video show, Friday Night Videos, was the next best thing. With celebrity hosts ranging from Hulk Hogan and Pee Wee Herman to Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono, Friday Night Videos aired the latest and greatest music videos.

Friday Night Videos was a staple for most American teens throughout the '80s. The first thing that comes to mind for me are sweet memories of sleepovers with friends. We'd set our hair in those long colorful rollers, wash down Doritos with New Coke and of course, tune in to the hottest videos from Van Halen, Tears for Fears, Madonna, Billy Joel and more.

Don't remember Friday Night Videos? Here's a sample from 1986 featuring one of my personal favorite teen '80s stars, Jason Bateman and his sister Justine Bateman.


Lady Estrogen said...

Is Jason stoned? That's awesome.
Whatta flashback! x

Lazlo said...

Yes, I remember Friday Night Videos vividly. For a long while, my family did not have MTV, and this was the next best thing. I loved FNV, and now look back on it as a great '80s memory. It was our version of seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.

b-chica said...

Creepy stalker song in at #5. Funny how nobody seemed to notice that about it back then...

Pandorah's Box said...

I was a wee one in the early 80s, but I have to say, this post brought up a few dark, distant memories for me!

Heather said...

Friday Night Videos was awesome! We didn't have MTV, so I had to record videos on Friday night so I could watch them all week long. Broke my toe once trying to get to the VCR to record a Janet Jackson video!


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