Music Video of the Day: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy by Rod Stewart (1978, directed by ????)


On August 1st, 1980, MTV premiered. Over the course of that day, they played over 160 unique music videos. The 26th video that they played was the video for Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Actually, it would be more appropriate to say that they tried to play it. MTV’s first broadcast day was not without its technical problems. When they first tried to play the video, only the audio was heard. There was no picture. After 27 seconds of this, MTV moved on to another video. They would again attempt to play Rod Stewart’s infamous hit later in the day, this time with success.

In defense of this song, it’s apparently not meant to be taken seriously. Stewart and co-writer Duane Hitchings have both said the song was meant to be a spoof on disco. The spoof, of course, went on to become the song that Stewart arguably remains best known for.

Enjoy!

The First Videos Shown on MTV:

  1. Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles
  2. You Better Run by Pat Benatar
  3. She Won’t Dance With Me by Rod Stewart
  4. You Better You Bet By The Who
  5. Little Suzi’s On The Up by PH.D
  6. We Don’t Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard
  7. Brass in Pocket by Pretenders
  8. Time Heals by Todd Rundgren
  9. Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon
  10. Rockin’ in Paradise by Styx
  11. When Things Go Wrong by Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
  12. History Never Repeats by Split Enz
  13. Hold On Loosely by .38 Special
  14. Just Between You And Me by April Wine
  15. Sailing by Rod Stewart
  16. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
  17. Keep On Loving You by REO Speedwagon
  18. Better Than Blue by Michael Johnson
  19. Message of Love by The Pretenders
  20. Mr. Briefcase by Lee Ritenour
  21. Double Life by The Cars
  22. In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
  23. Looking for Clues by Robert Palmer
  24. Too Late by Shoes
  25. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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