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Michael Nesmith's Videoranch Channel on YouTube Archives His Groundbreaking Video Work

by VVN Music

We have said for a number of years that Michael Nesmith belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, no so much for his work with the Monkees, but for his early country rock work with the First National Band and his groundbreaking video productions that led to the MTV revolution.

On Monday (November 13), Nesmith announced that much of that video work has now been archived for all to see on his Videoranch channel via YouTube.

The Videoranch Channel -- I've been working with Melodie here at VR setting up the Youtube channel for the video work that came out of here in the 80's-today.

Most of the things are up and ready to view. In the scheme of things all the old bits and routines seem very tame and genteel -- still funny in a way, absurd and sort of off the wall.

For TV Parts lovers here is where you will find the old routines from that short lived show, and for Elephant Parts lovers, its all here as well. You will find some "attic" treasures strewn about, too -- feel free to wander and take a look at it all.

These are the archives, such as they are. If you have any questions please keep them to yourself; rather contemplate what Douglas meant by forty-two.

Elephant Parts, a collection of music videos and comedy skits, was released in 1981 by Nesmith through his company, Pacific Arts. For the archive, the various segments of the hour long program have been broken out into separate videos.  Included are two of Nesmith's best known latter day songs, "Rio" and "Crusin'".

Television Parts came along four years later as a summer TV series on NBC and continued the format he started with Elephant Parts and the Nickelodeon series PopClips. Among the other people who appeared on the show were Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Martin Mull, Gary Shandling and Whoopi Goldberg.


Unknown said…
I agree he should be in the HOF, but let's not discount the work he did with the Monkees. Some of the best Monkees songs were written by him. Some were with his vocals others were written for Micky to sing. All were great. Let's also not forget how he pretty much was the spearhead behind MTV. His work helped paved the way for what was one of the better cable ideas in history. Too bad he didn't do it all himself instead of passing it on, as I'm sure if he had we wouldn't have had to see so many crappy reality shows on that channel.