Video Killed the Radio Star ~ Buggles

Buggles were a New Wave band formed in 1977 consisting of Trevor Horn (bass guitar, guitar, percussion, and vocals), Geoff Downes (percussion and keyboards) and Bruce Woolley.

Buggles’ sound was characterised by a deliberately synthetic quality in keeping with the technological subject matter of their songs. Two different stories are claimed for the origin of the band’s name. Horn said he chose “Buggles” because “It was the most disgusting name I could think of at that time”, but the booklet for the CD remaster of “The Age of Plastic” says that it arose out of a private joke between Horn and Downes and was actually a pun on “Beatles”

Radio Killed the Video Star

Video Killed the Radio Star” celebrates the golden days of radio, talking of a singer whose career is cut short by television. The original video of this song was the first video to be shown on MTV on August 1, 1981.  On February 27, 2000, it became the one millionth video to be aired on MTV.

Being largely a studio creation, Buggles never toured as such. There were a couple of Top of the Pops appearances, and later some performances for promotional purposes in support of the second album, but the first live outing by the original duo came in a low-key appearance in 1998. Later an appearance at a Prince’s Trust concert celebrating Horn’s career as a producer in 2004 was billed as the band’s first-ever live appearance.

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I heard you on the wireless back in Fifty Two.
Lying awake intent and tuning in on you.
If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through.
Oh-a oh
They took the credit for your second symphony.
Rewritten by machine and new technology,
and now I understand the problems you can see.

Oh-a oh
I met your children
Oh-a oh
What did you tell them?
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.

Pictures came and broke your heart.
Oh-a-a-a oh
And now we meet in an abandoned studio.
We hear the playback and it seems so long ago.
And you remember the jingles used to go…

Oh-a-oh
You were the first one
Oh-a-oh
You were the last one.
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.

In my mind and in my car,
We can’t rewind we’ve gone too far
Oh-a-a-a oh
Oh-a-a-a oh
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.

In my mind and in my car,
We can’t rewind we’ve gone too far,
Pictures came and broke your heart,
Put the blame on VCR
You are a radio star
You are a radio star
Video killed the radio star.
You are the radio star (x5 fade out)
Oh-a oh

Audio from the 1979 The Age of Plastic album: (548)

About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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