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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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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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OK, I confess to loving the music of the Buggles. Another reason for a dance party with my kids.
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oh man i haven't heard this song for a long time! :D
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gene.mckelve y
MTV retro stuff but I love it please return Music Television
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rover64dd
Video music killed radio music. Reality shows killed video music. Pandora killed reality shows.
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If u were in high school in the 80's this crazy s**t was the s**t !!
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I heard spider pig on the Simpson movie B)
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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...
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what a great time, early MTV when each new video was so cool...never hear music the same way again...
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bootsylove
video killed the radio star rocks!!
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hahaha love it this song is older than me
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does anyone remember MTV actually playing music videos?
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Lack of musical talent has done them all in!
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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.
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I am so confused y'all...
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jeanjacque2
and what, per chance, killed the Video (star)?
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