Monday, April 4, 2011
THE RETURN OF MTV'S 120... SECONDS?
120 Seconds features former 120 host Matt Pinfield hanging with various bands who fit the format. I saw one segment with The Kills, and another with Richard Ashcroft, who was probably on the show back in the day with The Verve.
I always liked Pinfield. I remember seeing him on MTV for the first time, I think he was filling in on 120 before he landed the gig full time. For a while, he seemed to be hosting every show on MTV, including an early version of TRL. But you could tell that they didn't hire him because he was a model, and they didn't hire him because he was a slick TV guy. He was a music fan. One of us. He got a bit lucky, but did a great job. I felt represented by him. It's too bad that he threw it away, due to drugs. I'm not dishing anything that isn't public. I saw him hosting a concert a few years ago, and he said he was going to rehab the next day... I think the rehab worked out for him that time.
A new monthly version of 120 Minutes will also air on MTV2. I heard they may re-air classic episodes as well. That show turned me, and thousands (or millions) of others, on to lots of new music back in the day. I'm glad it's back, but I wonder what its impact will be.