Thursday, December 07, 2006

Number 699 - The Buggles

Number 699

The Buggles

"Video Killed The Radio Star"

As the answer to the trivia question "What was the first act ever played on ?," 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, and later joined the group as replacements for Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson. After Yes' break-up, Downes signed on with Asia, while Horn formed ZTT Records and produced hits for the likes of and ABC. ~ [Jason Ankeny]

For Asia see Number 658
For ABC see Number 971

Crowbarreds choice for Website to find more on The Buggles ... Click on the address
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at (Err, do you really think we care because its MTV's first?) and the Album ranked at Number (Who the hell is MTV anyway? Is it one of ours Cryil?)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 68.5 out of 108
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