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Video Killed The Radio Star

Written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley in 1978 the track first appeared on the album English Garden by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club. Later recorded by British group The Buggles, consiting of Horn and Downes and a semi silent partner Bruce Woolley.

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Original Artists: 10cc
Album: The Age Of Plastic
Released: 1979-09-07
Genres: Pop, 80s, Acoustic
Artists: Pudenski Brothers
Avatar: pudenski-brothers-avatar

The MTV Effect

The songs music video is well remembered as the first music video shown on MTV in the United States on 1st August 1981. It was a glimpse into the future of ever changing music. It was also the first video shown on MTV classic in the UK in March 2010. The song was written in the late seventies at the time when music videos were all the rage and a lament for the golden age of radio, where families gathered around the radio to listen to the music at the time. An older singer who was struggling to continue to be popular and highlighting the fact that visuals were now becoming as important as the song itself. It was no longer good enough to be a good musician, you also had to look good or different to make it. The theme of the song is highlighted by the use of the filter on the vocalist as a hint back to the radio generation. The new sound devotees bought an unprecedented number of synthesizers in place of guitars.


Video Killed The Radio Star Originally Recorded By The Buggles

I heard you on the wireless back in '52
Lying awake intently 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 on 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 VTR...

You are the radio star
You are the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
You are the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
You are the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
You are the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
You are the radio star

Oh-a-oh, oh-a-oh...

 


Where did the name Buggles Come From?  

The booklet for the CD remaster of their first album,The Age of Plastic, says that the origin for the band name arose out of a private joke between Horn and percussionist/keyboardist Geoff Downes, and was actually a pun on "Beatles". It was originally called Bugs, however extended to The Buggles when someone declared the Bugs would never be as big as The Beatles. The group are best known for their 1979 debut single Video Killed The Radio Star which topped the UK singles charts in 1979.

Horn and Downes joined progressive rock group 'Yes' who disbanded in 1981.

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