There’s that extremely awkward moment when Beavis and Butt-Head watched a video that seemed so absurd, that they would inevitably change the channel. It was normally preceded by the blank expression seen above. Don’t front, you probably made it the first time you saw the video for Milli Vanilli’s “Girl You Know It’s True.” Maybe you had to pick up your mouth from your Swanson TV dinner, or douse your crib in bug carbamate to keep the crickets at bay. Regardless, when a string of music videos featured that one wildcard, the fish stopped swimming. So if tradition holds, then the 2011 return of Beavis and Butt-Head could have similar moments of awkwardness.
When you look at the landscape of music today, genres are bending over backwards, meanwhile pushing sounds forward. Such reigning diversity adds a pretty exciting dynamic. That said, what would Beavis and Butt-Head think of the convergence in pop music? The first episode of season 9 delivered their commentary on mainstream hits like MGMT’s “Kids” and LMFAO’s “Champagne Showers”; sandwiched in between was the disturbed visual to “First of the Year (Equinox)” by Skrillex. For the most part, the selections went off without a hitch, minus any awkward silence from the dynamic duo spawned by creator Mike Judge. Still, there’s much more ground to cover this season. Could Korea’s K-Pop invasion on American soil make noise on the show? MTV already launched a sub-channel within its online network dedicated to all-things K-Pop. Like the Twilight series, K-Pop also has a nation of millions of female devotees. Hey, where there is smoke, there is fire. And where there are chicks, there will be Beavis and Butt-Head, hoping to score.
Watch this week’s playlist from the first episode below. Beavis and Butt-Head airs Thursdays at 10PM on MTV.