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Streaming Killed the Video Stars.

And you have to mention some of the Beach Boys' ones, which as you'd expect aren't exactly good but are endearingly goofy:  "Good Vibrations" and "Friends" and "Sloop John B".

But things moved fast in the 60s. A mere three years after "The Kids Are Alright":

... we get the fucking Monkeys.

But one of those Monkeys was Michael Nesmith. Per Wiki....


Nesmith recorded a number of LPs for his label, and had a moderate worldwide hit in 1977 with his song "Rio", the single taken from the album From A Radio Engine To The Photon Wing.


During this time, Nesmith created a video clip for "Rio" which, in a roundabout way, helped spur Nesmith's creation of a television program called Pop Clips for the Nickelodeon cable network. In 1980, Nesmith's Pop Clips was sold to Time Warner/Amex consortium. Time Warner/Amex developed Pop Clips into the MTV network. Nesmith also won the first Grammy Award (1981) given for Video of the Year for his hour-long Elephant Parts and also had a short-lived series on NBC inspired by the video called "Michael Nesmith in Television Parts".

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On 12/3/2010 at 11:47 AM, mongo_jones said:

it's depressing to think how much ground was covered in music video making from, say, 1955 to 1980, and how little since.

How Music Videos Stopped

(sorry for the late response, but see in 2010 I wouldn't have known to make that remark)

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