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September 16, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 16, 2008 |

pete_wentz.jpgFor the three of you who still watch MTV (“Real World/Road Rules Challenge” Excluded), I have terrible news to report this morning. Even more distressing than the failure of the Lehman Brothers, the Merrill Lynch buyout, the endangerment of AIG, and the rise of Sarah Palin as a legitimate contender for the presidency: “Total Request Live” is dead. They won’t sign off until November, but it’s official — the plug has been pulled.

Oh Gawd, oh gawd, oh gawd. Woe is me! Where, oh where, am I going to be able to watch Fall Out Boy while text-message speak scrolls at the bottom of the screen, and teenage girls interrupt the video to wail like a whore under the wheel of a bus. I need my fix, man: How else will I know just how popular Katy Perry is, or how awesome the Pussycat Dolls are, or what sort of generic hip-hop bullshit is dominating the nonexistent video-airplay charts?

Fuck, man. It’s not been the same since Carson Daly (ha ha ha ha ha ha). Ahem.

Actually, “TRL” used to exist under a different incarnation. I forget what it was called, but Adam Curry hosted. And it was awesome. It was awesome because they played the entire video, uninterrupted, and because music back then used to rawk: Warrant, Trixter, Bullet Boys, Stryper, Steelheart, and Tesla … oh … shit.

It’s always sucked, hasn’t it? Well, at least they played the whole video. Natch.

The Demise of MTV / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 16, 2008 |

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