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|Created by||Michael Nesmith|
|Developed by||Michael Nesmith|
|Directed by||William Dear|
|Presented by||Howie Mandel|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Nesmith|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Preceded by||Elephant Parts (video)|
|Followed by||Television Parts|
|Related shows||MTV channel|
Former Monkee Mike Nesmith conceived the first music-video program as a promotional device for Warner Communications' record division. Production began in the spring of 1979 at SamFilm, a sound-stage built and operated in Sand City, California by Sam Harrison, a Monterey Peninsula College instructor with a motion picture background. The series was produced by Jac Holzman.
With an infinity cyclorama as the background, set flats were made from the Styrofoam packing used to ship laserdisc players and 3/4" video decks. The first "VeeJay" was Jeff Michalski. The director was William Dear. Besides Harrison, the production team was made up of Bruce "Buz" Clarke, Keith Cornell, Marybeth Harris, and Leslie Chacon.
The program was broadcast weekly on the youth-oriented cable television channel Nickelodeon in late 1980 and early 1981. The channel's owners at the time, Warner Cable, wanted to buy the name and idea, but instead, according to Dear, "they just watered down the idea and came up with MTV."
PopClips was preceded by the video Elephant Parts (which won the first ever Grammy Award for Music Video), and followed by a second series titled Television Parts, both of which Nesmith hosted and produced.
Early videos broadcast on PopClips
- Boney M — "Rivers of Babylon"
- Kim Carnes — "More Love"
- George Harrison — "True Love"
- Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons — "Security"
- Huey Lewis and the News — "Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)"
- Huey Lewis and the News — "Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me"
- Lucifer's Friend — "Goodbye Girls"
- M — "That's the Way the Money Goes"
- Madness — "One Step Beyond"
- Mi-Sex — "Computer Games"
- Mike Nesmith — "Rio"
- Graham Parker — "Protection"
- Pearl Harbor and the Explosions — "Drivin'"
- Poco — "Crazy Love"
- The Police — "Walking on the Moon"
- Pretenders — "Brass in Pocket"
- Rolling Stones — "Waiting on a Friend"
- Rush — "Circumstances"
- Carly Simon — "Vengeance"
- The Specials - "Gangsters"
- Split Enz — "I Got You"
- Split Enz — "I Hope I Never"
- Squeeze — "Cool for Cats"
- Thin Lizzy — "Waiting For An Alibi"
- Toto — "99"
- The Tourists — "I Only Want to Be with You"
- Tycoon — "Such a Woman"
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