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John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes

A native of England, Geoff Downes went to Leeds School of Music. Upon moving to London, he met Trevor Horn. Working together on commercial jingles, they formed the group the Buggles. They recorded their first album and released it in 1979, sparking a hit with the song "Video Killed the Radio Star." The video for that piece has the particular distinction of having been the first video played on MTV, a fact that has certainly earned Downes at least one spot in the annals of musical history.

Next up for Downes was a particularly unusual twist of fate. When Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman left progressive rock stalwart Yes, Brian Tate, who managed both bands, contacted the Buggles to see about bringing them in as the replacements. The two groups hit it off and Downes and Horn became the newest members in the perpetually changing lineup called Yes. The group released the Drama album with this lineup, and went out on tour. However, musical times were changing and older fans were not so willing to accept a Yes without Anderson, so the group broke up.

Like a phoenix rising from the ash, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes hooked up with Carl Palmer and John Wetton to form Asia. Their first album planted them firmly on the musical map, netting them a couple of hits and a best-selling tour. As lineup changes much like those that haunted Yes began to strike Asia, Downes was the only constant in a sea of change. He has done some solo work and another Buggles album, but Asia remains his primary focus. ~ Gary Hill, Rovi
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I love this song. It is so awsome:) I also like the singers they ROCK my world, they are so romantic too:)
alanpoocat
"Hey look, Tuesday! Pig n' a poke!"- Dean Winchester, 3.11 Mystery Spot
This is not the song from South Park. It's Heat of the Moment by Asia.
I saw this on South Park
Hi
More of a focus on Geoff Downes than on Wetton and Downes. Still, both are my favorites.
It was the heat of the moment that f**ked me up!

toddc93
One word.LOVE!!! ! ! !
I love the South Park episode were they start singing this song
This remaster sucks. Great song. I saw them at the rock it club in Tampa in 91. The place was an outhouse but they were good
Wow this bio sucked First of all JW had nothing to do with Aria. That was a John Payne Lead Vocal Album. All you did was state his releases. No mention of the John Wetton the man that has been through so much to get not only his career back on track with Geoff Downs and Aisa but his life back from the depth of being at one's lowest and rising above it all. I love this station but give equal opp to each and every rocker on here. The Mamm'a and the Pappa's got so much interjection why not John
Nope - Geoff Downes is definitely spelt with a G.
Uhh...isn't Geoffrey, spelled with a J!???
We went to see Asia last night and it was AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! They still sound like they did from the very first album. We love you Carl!!!!
Greg Lake replaced Wetton for the "Asia in Asia" concert. Lake only did those few shows. Lake left and Wetton came back to record "Astra" sans Steve Howe. However, the original 4 memebers of Asia are back. They have released "Pheonix" and "Omega".
Was not Wetton in Asia with Greg Lake?
Nice~Talent!

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