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The Buggles

As the answer to the trivia question "What was the first act ever played on MTV?" 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 on August 1, 1981, the prophetically titled song's video was the first-ever broadcast on the fledgling cable network. Although 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 co-founded the ZTT label, as well as the group Art of Noise, and produced hits for the likes of ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Seal, among others. Horn and Downes, who had never toured as Buggles, occasionally performed under that name during the late '90s, 2000s, and 2010s. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Track List: The Age Of Plastic

1. Living In The Plastic Age

2. Video Killed The Radio Star

3. Kid Dynamo

4. I Love You (Miss Robot)

5. Clean, Clean

6. Elstree

7. Astroboy (And The Proles On Parade)

8. Johnny On The Monorail

9. Island

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You ARRRRE a radio staaaarrrrr! I was there watching with my Dad when MTV first launched. Good times, good times!
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greg.hanson7 9
Living in the Plastic Age & Clean, Clean, two of my favorites. Now the Ytube has killed they Video star
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mdanfang4
Oh Oh Oh. Love it!!! Follow 4 follow
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This song, Video Killed the Radio Star, was the debut offering that presented MTV to the masses, on August 1, 1981. A fantastic start, with the promo opening line, Ladies and Gentlemen, rock and roll. Spoken by John Lack as voice-over to the first Space Shuttle launch countdown, and segue to the moon landing, with a doctored American Flag shown as an MTV Flag, planted by Neil Armstrong. I love the Buggles, and Age of Plastic is a great album. I also loved Trevor and Geoff on Drama, with YES.
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catchy but good
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moleculematt
They consider the song 80's. But the song "Video Killed The Radio Star" was released on September 7, 1979. That just doesn't make any sense. They should consider this song 70s. I love this song. I didn't know that they were similar to The Beatles. Love them too. I love new wave. I think new wave is interesting.
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I met Geoff's brother Andy as we worked Deanwater bars in Wilmslow cheshire - he brought me a raw 45 record so I heard Video killed ... Ahead of most & got the lowdown on the TV top of pops etc

My family enjoy the song- local radios play it fondly - the tune stays and stays ... I have CD in car etc great inventive musicians

Peter E from Manchester
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What should we do after recording a great new wave album?
I have it--we'll join Yes!
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I remember watching The Buggles's Video Killed The Radio Star when MTV first came on the television.
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The 80's Were The Best !!
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desiree.whee l e r
Memories of high school, love it!
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I love those 80's video back in the day!!!
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I was born in '97 but I'm in love with 80's music!!!! I totally wish I could've lived in those days :( my dad is always telling me I would've fit right in lol he's always calling me Cyndi Lauper cuz he says I dress like her and act like her haha
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erighi
Remember happy days? Ah, the good old days.
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I love this song too much
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Sure, we remember
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1979. I remember listening to this on the radio in that year then two years later it's on this program called MTV
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Follow me for music you might like.
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Memories of listening to this song back in the day.
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If Video really killed the Radio star, then The Internet killed Blockbuster. . . . . . .
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I remember this song back in the day when I was in high school
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eduardocerva n t e s 3 9 4
I was born on month 7 of 1986 I think onto late 1990s music was still ok im a big fan of 80s and 70s .
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When Mtv actually played music videos and there was no reality tv.
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1st video on MTV
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Remember it well. Back in the good days. Or better times.
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Put the blame on VCR!!!!!! Fing awesome
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Thumbs up this guy VVV
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video killed the radio star the internet brought them back again
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Music Videos and the whole MTV phenomenon are one of the stupidest concepts ever foisted upon the American audience. Successful financially but bankrupt artistically . And we have a generation of MTV trained cameramen and directors who think it is cool to shoot people being interviewed from the side and then back to the front again.
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video killed the radio star picture came and broke your heart
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Napster killed the video star...
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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
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This song was the birth of MTV..Which back in the day meant music videos
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The Age of Plastic was the best of the new wave era, its a shame they didn't record more albums together
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If only the kids today heard the music of the 70 and 80 to appreciate quality music ! Todays music is lost !
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jeanne.ohara
Reality TV killed the video star...story of MTV.
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Nikki Minaj "check it out " brought me here
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ticketgeorge
Find the Bruce Wooley and the camera club
Version he Co wrote the song
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Radio killed the video star!
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Video killed the radio star
Love this song !!!!!
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MTV SUCKS!!!!!
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The Bass in this is awesome!
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Video killed the radio star.
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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.
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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.
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Lyrics show intelligence and reflection. Great melodies too. The entire album (yup! Pre-CD) is wonderful!!!
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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.
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I remember seeing this when MTV went on the air.......
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