Granted, you lived about 20 years beyond your sell-by date, but in the early 1980s basic-cable universe there was no other vehicle to smash through the façade of practice-boyfriend corporate rock for us small-town kids. How subversive is this sample intro from a 1984 episode?
Motley Crue, Lee Aaron, Genesis, April Wine... Laurie Anderson? Hey, who invited the weird lesbo to this bush party? For a generation of mainstream-minded listeners, TNM lineups like this performed the transformative task of revealing that the mainstream existed and that we were all swimming in it. For the instinctive outsiders, I can only imagine that the show must have been like an eagerly-awaited weekly message from one's true home planet.