VH1 Classic Goes Back to MTV’s Launch

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VH1 Classic will go back to Aug. 1, 1981, and air MTV’s first-ever 24 hours of programming starting Monday, July 31 at midnight.

The 24-hour historic marathon will kick off with the first video ever played on MTV, The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star."

Other videos to air during the marathon include: "Brass in Pocket" (Pretenders); "Heart of Glass" (Blondie); "Hold on Loosely" (38 Special); "I Want to Be a Lifeguard" (Blotto); "Kiss on My List" (Hall and Oates); "Oliver's Army" (Elvis Costello); "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" (Rod Stewart); "Take It on the Run" (REO Speedwagon); "Too Late" (Shoes); "You Better Run" (Pat Benatar); and "You Better You Bet" (The Who).

VH1 Classic will also highlight archival MTV image spots including the "I Want My MTV" campaign and segments with original MTV VJs including Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn and the late J.J. Jackson.

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