Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Before there was BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD, before there was MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER, there was Julie Brown.
Not to be confused with the “Wubba Wubba Wubba” Club MTV host, Julie Brown was the red haired host of JUST SAY JULIE, "the hottest little henna-head on MTV" as the theme song proclaimed. It was one of the most original and funniest shows of the 80’s.
Julie was an actress (EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY) and a musician (“The Homecoming Queen’s Got A Gun”).
JUST SAY JULIE aired on MTV beginning in 1989. It was a PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE sort of show, with Julie in her apartment talking to the camera. She would introduce videos and sometimes talk over them, or via a blue screen, enter into them and dance along. It was an early form of directors commentary (or MST3K or B&B).
The funniest episode was the blonde episode where she visited Venice Beach asking people their opinion of blondes ("No blonde woman has ever read a book").
The show may have been too much for MTV, as she was constantly mocking the biggest musical stars of the day. I think you can tie in the decline of MTV to the fact that this show no longer aired.
Today you can buy a DVD of the best moments of the show direct from Julie herself on Ebay. A great DVD. It doesn’t include most of the music videos she mocked (because of music rights issues) but has many of her greatest moments. And it includes most of her own music videos (which are alone worth picking up the disc for).
Julie continues to act. She just appeared in (as well as co-wrote) the big Disney Channel musical CAMP ROCK. She may be better known to some for her work on CLUELESS.
But JUST SAY JULIE will always be her masterpiece.