Like most music nerds in their late twenties, MTV’s 120 Minutes was a staple of my adolescence, and a prime influence on my taste in indie and alternative rock. Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, anyone can troll around for almost any video that would have ever aired on the program, but the anonymous curator of 120minutes.tumblr.com improves on that by posting five embedded alt-rock classics per page, roughly approximating the experience of watching the show by adding a sense of continuity and an element of surprise.
Flipping through the site’s back pages offers no shortage of geeky thrills — Oh my gosh, it’s Velocity Girl! Wow, I didn’t even know there was a video for that Ned’s Atomic Dustbin song! WTF, how did Ween ever get so much money to produce that mini-movie for “Freedom Of 76″? — but the apex thus far is most certainly this page, which has clips from the Stone Roses, Cracker, Frank Black, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth.
120 Minutes [120minutes.tumblr.com]