Want Headbangers ball back?
Posted by: Rock ()
Date: November 21, 2000 06:37AM

On Monday Dec. 4th the Progressive Metal Militia is planning on making a unified effort to bring back the Headbanger's Ball to MTV. How many times have you heard people say, "Remember the 80's when MTV used to play metal?" How many times have you heard people lament the loss of their only outlet to see hard, heavy and aggressive videos? How many times have you actually seen anyone DO anything about it? Well, we remember the 80's and we remember a time when MTV didn't only
play rap, hip-hop, R+B, dance or top 40 music. The thing is, the people who felt
that their music was under-represented on this channel didn't just sit back and
complain about it, they took action and they didn't stop until they were satisfied
with the results. For a time there were programs like Yo! MTV Raps, 120 minutes AND the Headbangers ball all on roughly within the same time period.

There was a wide diversity of musical styles offered on the channel and that's the way it should be. Somewhere along the way we lost the Headbanger's Ball and things have not been the same since. You can blame Grunge, the rise of Hip-Hop or any other lame excuse but the bottom line is that we let the rug get pulled out from beneath us and have done nothing since to make our voice heard. The phenomenal success of the recent Iron Maiden tour and many more like it are proof that there is still a strong market for this music.

Now is the time to show MTV and the corporate world that we will not be denied. MTV is a cultural force that helps to shape the trends and direction of popular music. How many times are you going to complain that your favorite metal band didn't tour your town, your state, even your COUNTRY because of lack of tour support. Video airplay equals CD sales and without them your favorite bands will be doomed to obscurity and irrelevance while the flavor of the month makes their millions for their record companies before being quickly discarded for the next "boy band" waiting in the wings.

On December 4th we will call and email Viacom, MTV and TRL and demand the return of this show to the air. You can make a difference, it's been done before when rap and R+B broke onto the station and we can do it for ourselves now. It's up to you. You can take action and bring metal back into the spotlight or you can complain all the way on a 5 hour drive to your next KISS, SAVATGE, W.A.S.P., VENOM, NIN, SLAYER, KING DIAMOND, or INFLAMES show, wondering why they can't play in "your area".0n DECEMBER 4TH!! These are DIRECT phone lines right to the people that can make this happen.

You will talk to their assistants but if enough people do this it will be all that they talk about for the rest of the day/ week/ month. "Good Lord, the phones were crazy today. What the hell was that all about!" Please forward this to as many people as possible, cut and paste into every message board you visit and go to the web-sites of bands you'd like to see on MTV that aren't on now. Let their fans know that this is an opportunity to change popular music as we know it. WE should be in control of what we listen to and not be force fed the same crap that sounds just like last weeks big rawk hit!!

MTV/ Viacom

MTV Program director *****
Paul Debenedtti

1515 Broadway
25th Fl.
New York, NY10036

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c/o MTV
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New York, NY 10108




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Want Headbangers ball back?237 Rock 11/21/2000 06:37AM
RE: Want Headbangers ball back? 159Robert11/21/2000 08:21AM
RE: Want Headbangers ball back? 143John Q11/21/2000 01:25PM

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