It’s certainly been a while since music video channels actually focused on music videos. MTV and screw-it-let’s-just-admit-what-we-are-now-and-drop-“music” Much have been more about reality shows than music itself. But, they both still have awards shows for music and the MTV VMAs are tonight. The VMAs are known to be wild (crazy Miley is hosting tonight, in fact) and they’ve provided some interesting moments with rockers…and just regular moments! Let’s look back at some choice ones.
Tim Commerford Climbs Up Stage Prop In Protest
At the 2000 VMAs Rage Against The Machine lost Best Rock Video to Limp Bizkit. In protest, bassist Tim Commerford climbed a stage prop and wouldn’t come down. He ended up getting arrested and spending the night in jail. Rage are never afraid to protest, but this – aside from 1993’s Lollapalooza set, maybe – was the funniest.
Nirvana Troll MTV Execs, Hurt Selves
At 1992’s show, MTV asked Nirvana to perform “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, despite the band preferring not to. The performance did start with the opening of “Rape Me” to the horror of the network, before going into “Lithium”. Bassist Krist Novoselic also accidentally smoked himself in the head with his bass during the performance, and Axl Rose challenged Cobain to a fight backstage before the show. Nirvana made quite the impression that year apparently.
Courtney Love Is Crazy
Liam Gallagher Did Not Give An F
During Oasis’ 1996 performance of “Champagne Supernova”, Liam Gallagher started off by telling the crowd they were all having a “shit time” but were too afraid to say so, then acted all surly during the performance. He made gestures to Noel, spit at the drums, spilled beer and could not have looked less interested in being on stage. Finally, the brothers split for good in 2009 after a fight backstage at the V Festival.
Man, you have to go back a while to find great rock moments huh? It’s really just a sign of the times. In the 90s, rock was king. As the new millennium hit teen pop took over – although nu-metal/rap-rock/garage rock had their moments – and the mainstream really gravitated away from rock music for the most part. Meh, whatcha gonna do? As for tonight’s VMAs, the Best Rock Video nominees are Hozier for “Take Me To Church”, Fall Out Boy for “Uma Thurman”, Florence + the Machine for “Ship To Wreck”, WALK THE MOON for “Shut Up and Dance” and Arctic Monkeys for “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” which…holy crap that video is two years old when is the cutoff? Performance-wise, WALK THE MOON will do the pre-show and Twenty One Pilots will perform with A$AP Rocky during the main show. Enjoy! (?)