1987 - MTV's Headbangers Ball

1987 - MTV's Headbangers Ball

Headbangers Ball was a music television program that aired on MTV from 1987 to 1995. It was a show dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock music videos, interviews with bands and artists, as well as live concert footage. The show became a cultural phenomenon, serving as a platform for many up-and-coming bands to showcase their music and style. It also helped to popularize the heavy metal and hard rock genres, bringing them into the mainstream.

Headbangers Ball MTV The S Thing
Headbangers Ball MTV The S Thing

The show was hosted by various individuals during its run, including Riki Rachtman, Adam Curry, and Vanessa Warwick. It featured interviews with many famous bands and artists such as Guns N' Roses, Metallica, and Ozzy Osbourne. The show also gave a platform to lesser-known bands, helping them to gain recognition and fans. In addition to playing music videos, the show also aired live concerts and performances, as well as music-related news and updates.

Headbangers Ball MTV Tshirt The S ThingHeadbangers Ball MTV Tshirt The S Thing

Headbangers Ball was a groundbreaking show that helped to popularize heavy metal and hard rock music in the mainstream. It gave a platform to both established and up-and-coming bands, and its influence can still be seen in the music industry today. Although the show ended its initial run in 1995, it has been revived several times over the years, including a brief return in 2003 and a streaming reboot in 2020. It remains a beloved and iconic part of music television history.

Now looking at these dates it is obvious MTV did not create the S thing. As we wrote about in our Sacred Reich and Styx blogs, Heavy Metal had a hug influence in the S block writing style. Bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and Styx and more all used similar hard edge writing styles that was growing increasingly popular in the early 80's and beyond. The Headbangers Ball Logo was created by Eric Haze (HAZE) and we have reached out for comment. 


During the audition tape for the hugely popular movie 'Dazed And Confused' -Matthew McConaughey can be seen wearing the 1989 Headbangers Ball Tour T-shirt featuring Anthrax, Exodus and Helloween - as well as the infamous S thing!

 See the video here.

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