This time around, the show will be called “120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield.” For our younger friends, Pinfield is the bald guy above; he was “120 Minutes” most beloved host and worked part-time as a walking music encyclopedia. Although “120 Minutes” was reincarnated as “Subterranean” shortly after the original closed shop in 2003, this iteration returns with Pinfield’s insight and interviews “to provide music fans with an unfiltered look at today’s hottest alternative and indie artists, as well as emerging artists spanning multiple genres, including hip-hop and rock, through exclusive interviews and music videos.”
As the show’s rebirth approaches, enjoy 12.0 bits of information about the show that you probably didn’t know or may have forgot. The items come from the gigantic 120 Minutes Archive as well as from Matt Pinfield himself.
2. One of MTV’s original VJs, JJ Jackson, hosted the show’s debut episode in 1986.
3. Dave Kendall, who started hosting in 1989, was originally hired in 1986 as the show’s producer.
4. Matt Pinfield first (officially) hosted “120” on October 15, 1995.
6. A couple years earlier, on March 7, 1993, Pinfield actually filled in as a host for the first time.
10. The final episode of “120 Minutes,” hosted by Jim Shearer, aired on May 4, 2003, at 1 a.m. ET. Kendall and Pinfield joined Shearer for the finale and picked the videos. Pinfield’s last choice to air was “I’m the One” by Descendents; Kendall’s was “Kiss Them For Me” by Siouxsie and the Banshees.
12. Jim Shearer went on to host “120”‘s onetime successor “Subterranean” until 2007. He attempted to save a piece of the “fake” basement where the show was filmed (the walls had signatures of several famous artists), but the slab got lost during a move.