Monday, October 08, 2007

Manic Monday - Track


This week’s Manic Monday word is Track! Thanks to Janna at Jannagraphics for the cool Manic Monday banner!

I am out of town for a few days at my parents’ house, so I didn’t think I would have time to post, but I couldn’t pass up this word because one thing popped into my head. Night Tracks!!

Do you all remember Night Tracks? It was basically two 3-hour blocks of music videos which ran on SuperStation WTBS (later TBS SuperStation) on late night weekends. It would start around 11 p.m., and run well into the next morning. Night Tracks was very big at slumber parties. You always knew you had stayed up too late when they started repeating videos.

Night Tracks began in 1983 and ran until 1989 when they changed it to two 2-hour blocks of videos, and started calling it Night Flicks. In the Spring of 1990, it was further reduced to two 90-minute blocks. In the Spring of 1991, Night Tracks introduced "College Crush Groove", two 30 minute blocks of Alternative music videos in addition to the two regular 1 hour blocks and in August 1991 it became completely Alternative with the subtitle "The Music That Matters". However, the ratings did not significantly improve and TBS canceled the show in May 1992.

Night Tracks had several good years, and I will always remember those late nights fondly. If you’re ever playing 80’s Trivial Pursuit, you may want to remember the first video they ever played on Night Tracks – “Family Man” by Hall & Oats.




8 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

I don't remember this, but then again, during those years I was busy with marriage, parents dying, marriage dying, and finishing college. I was too poor to have cable television; hell, I didn't even have an apartment for awhile!

tegdirb92 said...

wow, I don't remember that but I do remember 120 minutes which rocked!

ian said...

I have so many fond memories of watching videos back in the 80s in junior high and high school. My parents wouldn't get cable so I had to go to my friend's house to watch them. I don't think we ever watched Night Tracks, though.

Ian

Crazy Working Mom said...

Remember when you could watch videos on MTV?!

Those were the days!

mybabyadvice said...

Wish I remembered, it sounds great!

Sarge Charlie said...

got any johnnie cash, or elvis, or pat boone.....smile

Travis said...

I do remember Night Tracks.

Mandy said...

Ahhh!! I loved me some Night Tracks back in the day!!