The return of 120 Minutes

2011 is turning into the year of 1990s nostalgia.

EW.com reports that MTV2 will in fact begin viewing brand new episodes of 120 Minutes later this year. For those of you who don’t recall, 120 Minutes took MTV viewers into the heart of all that was alternative every Sunday night at Midnight. This of course was in the days prior to Jersey Shore, The Hills, the Real World vs Road Rules, you know… when MTV stood for and actually played music videos.

All of the music that I listened to in the 90’s was there: New Order, The Cure, Julian Cope, Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Jane’s Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, and so much more. I loved every minute of it, and was the one thing I actually watched on MTV as the videos began to be replaced by the ‘original programming’.

My only regret is that they are not bringing back Dave Kendall, the Brit and original VJay for the show, but rather Matt Pinfield, he of the twilight years of the show as it morphed into Alternative Nation and then, without VJays, into Subterranean.

Regardless, though, I look forward to at the very least checking the show out. To think, today’s episodes will feature the latest from Cut Copy, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Yuck while showing cult classic cuts form the 80’s and 90’s. Giddy? Perhaps, with  some apprehension. I’m at least curious to see how this all plays out.

Her’s a bit of Bob Mould and Dave Kendall from 1990-91:

and he’s the Pixies promoting Trompe Le Monde, featuring the original opening of the show:

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