Thursday, July 14, 2016

MTV Get Off the Air by Dead Kennedys

Fun Fun Fun in the fluffy chair
Flame up the herb
Woof down the beer
I'm your video DJ
I always talk like I'm wigged out on quaaludes
I wear a satin baseball jacket everywhere I go

My job is to help destroy
What's left of your imagination
By feeding you endless doses
Of sugar-coated mindless garbage

So don't create
Be sedate
Be a vegetable at home
And thwack on that dial
If we have our way even you will believe
This is the future of rock and roll

How far will you go
How low will you stoop
To tranquilize our minds with your sugar-coated swill

You've turned rock and roll rebellion
Into Pat Boone sedation
Making sure nothing's left to the imagination

M.T.V. Get off the
M.T.V. Get off the
M.T.V. Get off the air
Get off the air

See the latest rejects from the muppet show
Wag their tits and their dicks
As they lip-synch on screen
There's something I don't like
About a band who always smiles
Another tax write-off
For some schmuck who doesn't care

M.T.V. Get off the air
And so it was
Our beloved corporate gods
Claimed they created rock video
Allowing it to sink as low in one year
As commercial TV has in 25
"It's the new frontier," they say
It's wide open, anything can happen
But you've got a lot of nerve
To call yourself a pioneer
When you're too god-damn conservative
To take real chances.

Graph-paper brained accountants
Instead of music fans
Call all the shots at giant record companies now

The lowest common denominator rules
Forget honesty
Forget creativity
The dumbest buy the mostest
That's the name of the game

But sales are slumping
And no one will say why
Could it be they put out one too many lousy records?!?

M.T.V.-Get off the air!



Aaron Vattano said...

This band hated mtv so much they felt compelled to write a song about it. Well I'm sure a few angry teenagers somewhere in the world appreciated it so I suppose it wasn't a total waste of time. Another true masterpiece from one of the lamest bands of all time

Dan Tschirhart said...

Well at least they kind of got their wish - I can't tell you the last time MTV aired an actual music video

Of course now all it airs is reality TV, which is worse, so maybe they had right idea all along

Although I did see my fair share of "punk" bands throughout the years on MTV - 120 Minutes was a great show

"You've turned a rock and roll rebellion into a Pat Boone sedation making sure nothings left to the imagination"

That is a great line

Do you remember World Premiere videos on MTV?

I recall actually being excited for a few of them

Aaron Vattano said...

Mtv used to be awesome. Why did it die? Music videos are still made. So where do they get played? It don't make sense. I'm confused.

Dan Tschirhart said...

Do you remember Teletunes?

It was a show that played videos before MTV was on the air, and it was based out of Denver.

It was an hour long, and I think it was on Sunday mornings

They played videos like 'Superfreak' by Rick James and 'Once in a lifetime' by the Talking Heads

Maybe there's a new underground show out there that actually plays videos we want to see

Or maybe we don't need a dog....or maybe we need a NEWWW dog...

Pirate Aggro said...

MTV got lame pretty fast. It was not long before there was more lameness than music. Still I watched my share. There were some really good one like "You Got Lucky" I don't know why they still make music videos.

Man that dog quote takes me back. I say it to my kids all the time.