I Love 1996

By: Stylus Staff

Posted 09/08/2004 - 03:46:32 AM by bj_randolph:
 Matt Penfield is the ultimate unsung hero of 90s music culture. He's like the music director for MTV or something, he sees one cardboard, soulless VJ after another parade through the studios, and finally he says, "Enough." Despite having an on-camera demeanor that makes Albert Brooks' character in "Broadcast News" look like Johnny Carson, he hires himself as a VJ and sticks with it for, God, how long was he on the air? But you know what? Once you got past the sheer discomfort of his presence, one thing stood out above all else: this guy really knew his music. Knew about it, cared about it. Come home, Penfield. Music still needs you.
Posted 09/08/2004 - 06:15:10 AM by Liarbythefire:
 I actually liked Penfield's on-camera demeanor. He wasn't like the other VJ's that were either models/actors (Carson Daly, Sway, etc.) or goofy dorks (Kennedy, too many to list). He acted like someone you actually wanted to hang out with, drink beer, and make jokes.
Posted 09/08/2004 - 12:22:50 PM by KyleMcConaghy:
 Andrew U.- I have been waiting for a Goosebumps reference far too long. Marvelous. (if interested, "Night of the Living Dummy" was my favourite).
Posted 09/08/2004 - 12:38:17 PM by AUnterberger:
 Kyle --
Check the third item (about halfway down). And yeah, I think Night of the Living Dummy might have been my favorite too--couldn't sleep at all the night I read that.
Posted 09/08/2004 - 01:11:36 PM by mbloodyv:
 I always enjoyed it when they had the "Stump Matt Pinfield" segments every now and then......."Matt, what was the third track on Slayer's fourth vinyl-only EP released in Japan?"....and, invariably, he not only knew the answer, but gave an interesting anecdote in that disturbing, breathy "I'm touching myself" voice of his. The only person I respect on Music Television.