MTV’s first broadcast day was August 1st, 1981. On that day, they aired 116 music videos. The 14th of those videos was a performance clip for April Wine’s Just Between You And Me. It was taken from April Wine’s concert film, Live in London, and it was the first video by a Canadian band to be aired on MTV.
Unfortunately, that’s not the video that is at the top of this post. The clip of the Live in London performance is not available on YouTube. (You can, however, watch Live in London in its entirety if you want to.) So, the video above is from another concert that occurred around roughly the same time. This was one was filmed at a 1982 concert at the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The First Videos Shown on MTV:
- Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles
- You Better Run by Pat Benatar
- She Won’t Dance With Me by Rod Stewart
- You Better You Bet By The Who
- Little Suzi’s On The Up by PH.D
- We Don’t Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard
- Brass in Pocket by Pretenders
- Time Heals by Todd Rundgren
- Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon
- Rockin’ in Paradise by Styx
- When Things Go Wrong by Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
- History Never Repeats by Split Enz
- Hold On Loosely by .38 Special