Letter M- MTV Music- Skin Deep

This year for the 2023 A-Z Blog Challenge, I’m going to begin by listing a song or musical subject, and then see how fast and how far I can completely blow up my own “stream of consciousness,” and head “off the reservation,” by linking every real, and “Zulu Delta-imagined” fact, piece of music trivia, or not so apparent connection to what is racing around my head to that song in an “unstructured, graffiti-like” format. Complete and utter nonsense! Turn it up and turn it on, but as Van “The Man” Morrison said…….”It’s already turned on!”

“I hate it when I’m singing along to a song and the

artist gets the words wrong!” Facebook Meme.

In 1984, the band “The Stranglers” released the song “Skin Deep.”

I had forgotten all about this song, which is really odd because I really liked it.

Of course, it’s possible I couldn’t remember the song because I was always singing the lyrics wrong. The song went; “You better watch out for the Skin Deep.”

Not sure why, but I would always sing the song, “You better watch out for the Feelies.” 

What really matters is that I was singing the song. Ah, it’s good to be me!

Jimi Hendrix had some lyrics that said “Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky.” He got it “wrong” all the time so Galvin Edward wrote a book and has a website called “Kiss This Guy.” Kissthisguy.com The book and website lists misunderstood song lyrics; not that I would ever need that!

The video for Skin Deep cracks me up.  The guys are all dressed in black and acting like they’re “Sprockets” from a Saturday Night Live skit.

The funniest part is the band is playing electric instruments and nobody is plugged in! If they had acoustic instruments, maybe, but an electric guitar, bass, and synthesizer??? Hahahahahah!

Of course, it was also like the early days of music videos and appearances, when the band was lip-synching their songs, and pretending to play their instruments.

Mike Nesmith early fame came from the late 1960’s TV show the Monkees. TV wanted to “cash in” on something like the Beatles. Oddly enough, the cast of the Monkees were primarily actors playing musicians. They did not play their instruments on the TV show. They would eventually go on “tour” singing and playing. 

Mike Nesmith wrote the hit song “Different Drum” for Linda Ronstadt.

Mike’s mother Bette was also somewhat famous. Working as a secretary, she invented typewriter correction fluid called “Liquid Paper, or “White Out” as it was sometimes called. 

For 25 years, she built up the company and then sold it to Gillette in 1979 for $48 Million Dollars. She died a few months later at age 56. Wow! So brilliant, and so sad. 

Nesmith produced some videos in the 1980’s. During this time, Nesmith created a TV program called PopClips for Nickelodeon. Popclips was sold a few times and eventually developed into MTV; Music Television. 

Nobody (“nobody?”) in modern history can recall the last time a music video was actually played on MTV.

Which is kind-of sad.

The first song ever played on MTV….

3 thoughts on “Letter M- MTV Music- Skin Deep

  1. Our family could also write a book, a big one, on misheard song lyrics. A combination of genetically tiny Eustachian tubes and a father who never let us turn up the radio beyond a whisper! But it never stopped us from belting out those songs. We still give each other grief and laugh like hell over it!

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