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Headbangers Ball Premiered

A Sneak Peek...

Who knows, who recognizes?

On April 18, 1987, a huge musical bomb fell on the metal world - the mythological show "Headbangers Ball" first premiered on the MTV channel.

For those who did not grow up at those times, it may be difficult to understand, but in those years there was almost no place for "alternative" music on radio stations and TV channels, certainly not on a popular station that broadcasts hits to the masses 24/7.

So this show was like breathing air for all "hard rock" and "heavy metal" lovers. The "tribal bonfire" of all the weird, different, long-haired ones.

The first show aired on Sunday, April 18, 1987 (at midnight in Israel), and the hosts of the first episode were Lemmy and Motorhead Drummer - Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor.

Among the presenters of the mythological show were Kevin Seal, Adam Curry, Riki Rachtman, and the one that was most identified with the show - Vanessa Warwick who hosted the show on MTV's Europe from 1990-to 1997.

And it is impossible to write about this program without referring to its mythological, witty and special openings:

So true, not everything was perfect, because at first we were pushed into the small hours of the night, far from the eyes of the masses, God forbid we would spoil them with "bad" music and corrupt video clips. But slowly this show seeped into the mainstream and became a cult show.

Unfortunately (or perhaps happily depending on how you look at it), it was the infiltration of alternative music into the mainstream that led to the elimination of the show. In the early 1990s, with the rise of grunge, Metallica's black album, and the Alternative Revolution, alternative music flooded the mainstream in such a way that there was no longer any justification for the existence of a show that initially contrasted with other popular shows.

The USA show was canceled in 1995 and the European One in 1997, but the good memories from it accompany us to this day.

So for those who remember it, feel free to post in the comments on the post on our Facebook page, and tell us about the bands and artists you were first exposed to from this show, if only for the sake of nostalgia.

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