As will be no surprise to some of my friends, I have a massive collection of music videos, dating from roughly ‘82/’83 to ’97 or so. 15 years of nearly constant air-checking. We got out C-Band satellite dish about ’85 or so, so that opened up MuchMusic in
Trouble is, it’s 2010 and I have a garage full of beta, VHS, 8mm, laser disc, ¾” U-Matic tapes etc.! And, somewhat obviously, I don’t want to keep “everything”. My music list approaches 25,000 – but my music video collection already went way past 25,000 – way back in 1997 (when I stopped keeping the list current).
So, I’m bringing cartons of videos in from the garage and dubbing them to the DVD hard drive. This way, I can look through a 3 hour air-check in only a few minutes. I find a few jewels (or not), then OUT the tape goes! I know where the Salvation Army pick-up center is!
“Volume 1” is pretty interesting – Robert Fripp, Toyah, The Damned (on Top Of The Pops), World Party (on SNL, 1990), Pete Townshend, Les Negresses Vertes, Dr. & The Medics, Robert Palmer and more. I am going to keep each ‘volume’ to 60 min (or under) to keep the DVD-R quality as high as possible. If I have a high quality BI(S) master of something, I might even keep the slate! And everything stereo, when possible.
To be honest, even if I originated only 1 volume per week (60 minutes of ‘keepers’) – it will still take me years to get through everything! Right now, I have the time (and interest) for a project of this nature. So, from time to time, expect me to post the details of a new ‘volume’…
Please feel free to contact me and let me know if there’s any music videos you’re on the look-out for. Maybe it’s something that has only occurred to you recently, or perhaps it’s a title (or two) that I sent you at some point over the years. You never know what I might turn up!
I don’t have as many music videos as You Tube, but…almost everything I have is in MUCH BETTER QUALITY than anything on You Tube. I can burn a DVD-R from a BI(S) or ¾” U-Matic master, sometime. I just hope my slhf-2100 Sony SuperBeta holds up under the prolonged use! And I MUST have a working ¾” U-Matic around here somewhere!? (I hope I don’t have to heft it from the garage to the living room, my achin’ back can’t take that!)
Music videos used to be a good way to hear new music. I got turned on to all sorts of stuff from MuchMusic, MusiquePlus, Music Box, Rage, MTV. VH-1, Goodnight L.A. etc. And, of course, I bought tons of music videos on beta, 8mm, VHS and laser disc.