For those of you just tuning in: Cleaning out my garage earlier this year, I found three old videotapes that contained the entirety of MTV’s 1988 year-end top 100 countdown. Each Tuesday and Thursday for the past four months, I’ve written up another segment of the countdown (usually a video, but sometimes a commercial break). Improbably, we’re now one-fifth of the way done. So far, Kevin Seal has been our host, and has provided us with much sarcasm and squinting. My favorite clip has probably been the Pet Shop Boys’ “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” but I think the most entertaining video remains Cher’s “I Found Someone.” We’ve also had our fair share of dreck: take a bow, Glenn Frey.
Number of the 20 videos we’ve seen so far that were filmed partially or completely in black and white: 6. Number that were straight-up performance videos (i.e. no plot or dancing girls): 3. Number that featured photos or cameras: 5. Number with really big hair and/or mullets: 6.
A video not on the countdown that MTV played anyway: U2, “Angel of Harlem”
And the countdown’s first hour, spanning #100 to #91.