This was when cable television was still innocent. This was when the critics were saying, "A 24-hour news channel? That's ridiculous! A 24-hour sports network? Crazy talk! A channel that plays music 24-hours a day? Nonsense!"
MTV looked this critics straight in the eye and said, "Fuck you. We're playing music all day long." [Ironically, MTV barely plays music anymore].
Like a dictator drunk with power, MTV even decided they'd revive that American Bandstand and Soul Train sort of vibe with you - The Grind - and bring dance music to the masses.
The pitch probably went something like this:
- Think American Bandstand meets Soul Train
- Think scantily clad chicks and muscle-bound dudes dancing.
- Think of them dancing around a pool to the latest dance-club hits.
Of course, as you remember, you also spawned a bunch of workout
But sometimes all good things must come to an end.
And your end was quite sad.
You had to tape episodes on top of a roof in New York and due to noise ordinances, your episodes had to be taped without music. We can only imagine how the dancers had to manage in such music-less conditions.
But we still remember you with fondness. Especially when we have our nostalgia-filled MTV The Grind parties!
Yes, this show was that cheesy.