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  1. Rick
    Rick at |

    Night Tracks on WTBS!

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  2. marc
    marc at |

    AMP and Friday Night Videos were two of my favorite late night shows. FNV had a contest once and my sister and I filled out about 200 postcards to enter. By hand. We never heard anything from them. To this day I harbor deep, deep rage that I did not win that guitar or whatever. Hell if I could play the thing though, because I don’t know how.

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  3. ParusMajor
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    I used to watch Headbangers Ball… and it was sometimes embarrassing as Adam Curry seemed to know nothing about the subject matter (i.e. metal music).

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  4. Murari lal Vishwakarma
    Murari lal Vishwakarma at |

    It’s a best gift on the world music day today .

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  5. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

    Hmmm, weird… or, come to think of it, not so weird. I made a comment about Headbangers Ball, and the comment doesn’t seem to have appeared here . I suppose it’s because I claimed the other day that Toptenz.net had borrowed some stuff from Cracked.com, and I became a “persona non grata” because of saying that. I’m pretty sure I was right, though, I have seen at least one list that I saw at Cracked.com first and a day or two later at Toptenz.net. It might have been a simple mistake, though, not conscious plagiarism. I would still like to be able to make comments on this excellent site, unless you are too mad at me.

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    1. TopTenz Master
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      Ugh.

      Would everyone, ParusMajor included, stop thinking they are being banned for imaginary slights against TopTenz.net? Read through the abuse the site and I have taken over the years. There are plenty of critical comments that are here to read. It is annoying and frustrating and a bit narcissistic when commenters say this. Let is go. The spam filter catches things, I don’t always know why a comment is put in the spam queue. Your comment was. I approved it. Please jump off this bandwagon of people that believe I ban people for comments. The only time I ban or put someone on a watch list is if they are verbally abusive or threatening (you know who you are) and you would usually see a personal email from me first with a warning, if I have your email.

      So, Parus, please continue to support, comment and read the site, but please, please, please stop thinking we are concerned about making you a “persona non grata” on our site for any comments you make, even if they are ludicrous and/or unsubstantiated.

      I receive lists months ahead of the time we publish them; so anything on Cracked.com you see, and then you see on our site soon after, wouldn’t be copied. Do you think we actually wait to write lists a day or two before publishing. Ha, ha!

      Now, is it possible a writer has made a similar list? Sure. Please email me anything you find that you believed was copied. As I replied to you before (yes, this is time #2 see our previous comment conversation – http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-facts-about-toptenz-4th-anniversary-edition.php#comment-30948) I will personally contact the writer in question and if they did copy or plagiarize, the list will be removed or rewritten and the writer will be dealt with. That is a promise. Duplicate content kills sites. I plan on Toptenz.net being around a long time.

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      1. ParusMajor
        ParusMajor at |

        OK, TopTenzMaster, maybe I should stop being too paranoid. Sorry about that. 🙂

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        1. TopTenz Master
          TopTenz Master at |

          Apology accepted. Thanks. One of the few, very few times, anyone was apologized to me on this site.

      2. ParusMajor
        ParusMajor at |

        “I receive lists months ahead of the time we publish them; so anything on Cracked.com you see, and then you see on our site soon after, wouldn’t be copied. Do you think we actually wait to write lists a day or two before publishing. Ha, ha!”

        Actually, don’t you think this might be the problem, sometimes? If it takes months for a list to be published, the author might get frustrated and offer the same list (maybe slightly altered) to another site? In that case it’s not the case of plagiarism, it’s more like the author cannibalizing his own work? Just a thought.

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        1. TopTenz Master
          TopTenz Master at |

          No, the author gets paid for the list and then begins to write for the next month. Most lists are up within 45 days, some much sooner, depends on our backlog. Do you think Cracked.com is publishing lists a week after submitted? Not bloody likely.

  6. TriviaFan
    TriviaFan at |

    Wow, Friday Night Videos, sure brings back memories! I can’t believe how music videos so consumed my life back in the day. I looked forward to new videos like people look forward to blockbuster movies. I loved how they always seemed to push the creative edge for videos, many with plots and themes like movies. Seems like most music videos are now all online, especially on Youtube.

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  7. johnnycanuck
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    The Pepsi Power Hour was a live one-hour program that aired on the MuchMusic television channel in Canada from 1986 to 1991. It was first hosted by J.D. Roberts who went on to be a news anchor on CNN and is now on Fox News. It was unique in that it had many members of popular hard rock/metal bands host the show.

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    1. Tanya Bennett
      Tanya Bennett at |

      I remember this show but was it on late at night? I think maybe the Wedge or something might fit the criteria for this list better… let me know and I’ll add it to the list’s playlist on YouTube.

      I added Bombshelter Videos to the playlist because that is the one I used to watch – I used to set my Betamax player to tape it automatically at 3 or 4am so I could watch it. First place I saw a Sonic Youth video!

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  8. Allicat
    Allicat at |

    Holy crap. Night Flight. We watched that faithfully, after getting home from the bars and clubs. I miss programming like that.

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  9. bohemia
    bohemia at |

    You guys totally forgot (or were not aware of…) ABC’s “New York Hot Tracks” with first,Carlos De Jesus,then Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan (from General Hospital).It was more “urban” than Friday Night Videos but occasionally played Hall and Oates,Teena Marie,George Michael, and New Kids On The Block.It can be seen,in parts,on YouTube now…

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    1. Tanya Bennett
      Tanya Bennett at |

      I can’t find any information about whether this aired late at night or not –

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  10. Kapilbs
    Kapilbs at |

    Video Music Hall just before MTV took over…..

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  11. Bob
    Bob at |

    The best was a live overnight show on Toronto’s CITY-TV that preceded the launch of Canada’s version of MTV – Muchmusic in 1985, called “City Limits”.

    Chris Ward was the host and one time a young, unknown Toronto comic named Mike Meyers, in the persona of Chris’ cousin “Wayne” showed up. Great stuff.

    There was a time when videos were so new and rare that not only did we stay up and watch them, if we couldn’t stay up we would tape them on the VCR to watch Sunday mornings

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