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The Buggles

As the answer to the trivia question "What was the first act ever played on MTV?," the Buggles assured their place in pop music history. Vocalist and bassist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes formed the electro-pop duo in England in 1979 after meeting two years prior as session musicians. Their first single, "Video Killed the Radio Star," hit number one in the U.K. in late 1979; when MTV went on the air in 1981, the prophetically titled record's video was the first ever broadcast on the fledgling cable network.

Although the Buggles enjoyed three more British hits -- "The Plastic Age," "Clean Clean," and "Elstree" -- both Horn and Downes were more interested in production than performing; in 1980, they helmed Yes' Drama, joining the group as replacements for Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson. After Yes' subsequent momentary breakup, Downes signed on with Asia, while Horn formed ZTT Records and produced hits for the likes of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and ABC. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Friday night videos was the first music show I watched it was on analog tv not sure if thriller was the first video or something else defently remember safety dance
This song was the birth of MTV..Which back in the day meant music videos
The Age of Plastic was the best of the new wave era, its a shame they didn't record more albums together
If only the kids today heard the music of the 70 and 80 to appreciate quality music ! Todays music is lost !
jeanne.ohara
Reality TV killed the video star...story of MTV.
Nikki Minaj "check it out " brought me here
ticketgeorge
Find the Bruce Wooley and the camera club
Version he Co wrote the song
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Radio killed the video star!
Video killed the radio star
Love this song !!!!!
MTV SUCKS!!!!!
The Bass in this is awesome!
Video killed the radio star.
Saw this on Mtv. Mtv should have stuck to music videos. And why not have a Mtv station dedicated to the 80's music? It would be a bog hit.
I was in Gitmo in 1982 and 1983. I wasn't aware of MTV until late 1983. I wasn't and am still not impressed with music videos.
Lyrics show intelligence and reflection. Great melodies too. The entire album (yup! Pre-CD) is wonderful!!!
Like a Past Anything Good or Great, time will prove that the Buggles were more important in the Family tree of Rock music that these two men produced and made in just two albums as a group. They will eventually be in the Rock Hall for one song we all know about but let us not forget that YES will be as well as ASIA, will be there as well. Trevor users in a new way of producing in 1983 with 90125 without him Yes would still not be reverent.
I remember seeing this when MTV went on the air.......
OK, I confess to loving the music of the Buggles. Another reason for a dance party with my kids.
oh man i haven't heard this song for a long time! :D
gene.mckelve y
MTV retro stuff but I love it please return Music Television
rover64dd
Video music killed radio music. Reality shows killed video music. Pandora killed reality shows.
If u were in high school in the 80's this crazy s**t was the s**t !!
I heard spider pig on the Simpson movie B)
I'm 49 and I remember watching MTV for the first time in 1982 at my girlfriend's house. I remember this video as well. MTV is definitely not the same anymore and come to think of it, music in general just isn't the same either...
what a great time, early MTV when each new video was so cool...never hear music the same way again...
bootsylove
video killed the radio star rocks!!
hahaha love it this song is older than me
does anyone remember MTV actually playing music videos?
Lack of musical talent has done them all in!
This is my first memory of MTV. Made me smile. Of course, the effect on radio stars was brief. The video stars proved not to be a durable species after all.
emjdog7
I am so confused y'all...
jeanjacque2
and what, per chance, killed the Video (star)?
VIDEO KILLED NO FLIPPIN RADIO STAR!!!!! WHAT THE F***!!!!
So sad this is such a bygone era! :(
yeah damn MTV is so useless now i dont know who watches that crap any more
Back when MTV was good....(and played videos.)
Music Television needs more music!
And What was the second song MTV played?
Ultravox- Reap the Wild Wind.
Ironic that MTV no longer plays music videos.
me neither but love them
Here's a wierd useless fact: I missed the BUGGLES video waiting for the damn tv to warm up and although I watched MTV non-stop for months after that I have never seen the video. Besides they called it Music Television not Video Television. Whippersnapp e r s today don't give a hoot for the music they just want to talk about the hippity hops and the bling. (youth is most definately wasted on the young)
Oh the late 70's...Unfor t u n a t e l y the weed and mesc was too good and too easy to get back then...as a result I can barely remember half of it....roflma o
I stayed up the night of 1-1-81. Young, high with my whole life ahead of me. Memories, man, the memories
zooguy68
Hmmm, Pandora playing videos? Then what, reality shows? Please, not again......R e a l i t y killed the Video Network.
Hmm, will Pandora be launching a music video equivalent to their music radio?
I agree with Musicman. I was very young, but remember when MTV launched. We couldn't stop watching. I miss those days. Thanks to Pandora, I'm able to recreate some of those memories, through personalized radio stations. Way to go!!!
cd3design
I still love this song, especially the clapping!
kkitch9
i know right. i used to love that show but now all there is is crap
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