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Six classic Philly videos from MTV’s “Golden Era”

mtv-moon-man MTV launched this day back in 1981 with the airing of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star”. One of the original VJ’s was Mark Goodman, who was on WMMR in the Seventies, before he moved to New York to take a job at WPLJ, which led to his becoming a part of the original on-air team. A nice batch of Philly bands showed up in the playlist of MTV’s golden era; watch six of our most favorite selections from local artists below. Gosh, some of these videos were really cheesy in a good way.

They don’t call it “The Legendary Dobbs” for nothing; back in the day, the South Street haunt JC Dobbs was the place to see live music in town, and Robert Hazard and the Heroes filmed their 1983 video “Change Reaction” there. Note the framed 8×10 glossies all over the wood-panel walls, and the way they make the matchbook-sized club look massive.

Okay, technically it’s Chester County, but we’ll forgive The Hooters for going outside city limits. The “And We Danced” video is delightfully retro-50s, with convertible muscle cars pulling up to a party at the Exton Drive-In.

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Listen to “Change Reaction” (Robert Hazard cover) by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket featuring Ben Arnold

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Editor’s note: The stream of “Change Reaction” was only available for 24 hours.

The newest song from David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket is a cover of the 1981 Robert Hazard And The Heroes song, “Change Reaction” featuring Ben Arnold on lead vocals. “Change Reaction” is the fifth song in the Essential Songs Of Philadelphia series. It features members of The Hooters including David Uosikkinen on drums along with Rob Hyman (keyboards and vocals) and John Lilley (guitar), Steve Butler from Smash Palace on guitar, bassist William Wittman and Ben Arnold on lead vocals. All five of the songs recorded by In The Pocket, including “Change Reaction” can be purchased here. Portions of the proceeds go to the Settlement Music School. WXPN welcomes David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia to World Cafe Live on Tuesday, March 13th. Tickets and more information here. Go here to watch a video of the making of “Change Reaction.” Below be sure you watch the video of Robert Hazard and The Heroes performing “Change Reaction” at a live show at the London Victory Club from 1981.