120 Minutes Archive

Chris Higgins

In middle and high school, I used to sit up late on Sunday nights to catch the best show on MTV, 120 Minutes. The show featured "alternative" music, and actually got better during the period (the early 90's) when alternative went mainstream. As bands like R.E.M. and Nirvana hit the main MTV rotation, 120 Minutes remained committed to indie bands, which made it a must-watch for me, even though it was on at midnight on a school night.

Imagine my joy when a new blog began cataloging videos featured on 120 Minutes. Pointing to YouTube videos, the 120 Minutes archive has entertained me for hours. Some favorites: Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube (where the band goes to Rock School, taught by David Cross and Bob Odenkirk -- I remember watching the night this debuted), The Replacements - Bastards of Young, Pixies - Here Comes Your Man, The Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane, and Sonic Youth - Bull in the Heather. Seriously, if you liked alternative or indie music in the 90's, prepare to spend your afternoon watching videos.

For superfans, here's an almost unbelievable archive of 120 Minutes playlists from 1986-2003. Got a favorite 120 Minutes story, or video you remember from the old days? Post it in the comments!