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in the popular consciousness, the brief two-year run of THE JON STEWART SHOW (MTV, 1993-1995) is best remembered as the cursory introduction of arguably one of the SEMINAL comedic and political voices in AMERICA LIFE. it is not hyperbole to put the continued social-political impact of JON STEWART up there with GEORGE CARLIN, MARK TWAIN or even THOMAS PAINE. he is an institution unto himself and it is great that he has had a bit of a resurgence with his THE PROBLEM WITH JON STEWART (APPLE TV+, 2001-present) program in recent years.
but THE JON STEWART SHOW was really just a RUN-OF-THE-MILL talk show on MTV, which a the time was still playing music videos in heavy rotation and was in the early years of developing and perfecting what would become its highly INFLUENTIAL and PROFITABLE REALITY TV formula via BUNIM/MURRAY PRODUCTIONS. in retrospect, one aspect of the show that absolutely flourished was its live ECLECTIC mix of musical guests which ranged from INDIE ROCK (DINOSAUR JR, GUIDED BY VOICES, BELLY, JULIANA HATFIELD) and POST HARDCORE (QUICKSAND, SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE) luminaries and METAL (SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON) veterans to UPSTART ALTERNATIVE ROCK (FAITH NO MORE, BLIND MELON, HUM, THE BREEDERS, OASIS, HELMET) bands. and the list really does goes on.
it is really IMPRESSIVE the amount of great bands that THE JON STEWART SHOW presented to the world during what are arguably their peak creative years. definitely something worth checking out.