A while ago, I did a piece that reviewed the music show Club MTV. I’m fairly sure that this was shown only in America, but when I saw some online, I thought that this was rather good, because I was reminded a little of Top Of The Pops, and I enjoyed plenty of the music featured too. The host was Julie Brown, who had started out on British TV, and hosted shows including Crackerjack and segments on TV-am.
And in the late-80s, there was also an American-born host on MTV called Julie Brown, who had big red hair even by the standards of that time. One day she appeared on Club MTV as she had released a single, which meant that Julie Brown had to introduce and then interview Julie Brown, which was rather amusing. And I remember that there was even an episode of Family Guy that referenced this, where Peter simply said “what a mess”.
But having enjoyed her song, I thought that I would find out more about (the American) Julie Brown, and it turns out she has had a long career in music and comedy. She started out in the early-80s, including an appearance in the cult horror film Bloody Birthday. Her first album “Goddess In Progress” was released in 1984, and featured the singles “I Like ‘Em Big And Stupid”, and “The Homecoming Queen’s Got A Gun”, which definitely gives you an idea of her style of humour.
In 1987, she returned with her second album “Trapped In The Body Of A White Girl”, and she performed the single (with the same title) on Club MTV, which everyone seemed to enjoy. Also around this time was the single “Girl Fight Tonight”. One critic’s opinion of the album was “tongue-in-cheek loony toons are witty and lascivious”. Now I don’t know what Americans mean half the time, but I think that’s a positive comment.
However, I’m fairly sure that none of her singles and albums never made the chart in the US, and I don’t think that any of them were released in the UK. By the late-80s, she had her own show on MTV called Just Say Julie, which featured a lot of comedy. The other Julie Brown appeared again, and she seemed to have an ongoing feud with Sheena Easton of all people.
There were also some parodies of famous pop songs, including several by Madonna. Ooh, how scandalous. She is probably best-known for appearing in the film Earth Girls Are Easy, which has been shown a lot of various channels over the years. More recently, it seems that she has continued to appear in various TV shows and films, although I don’t know if any more albums are planned.