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The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star"

The Buggles hold an important landmark in rock ’n’ roll history: the video for “Video Killed The Radio Star” was the very first video ever shown on MTV! The Buggles consisted of two young musicians, Trevor Horn and Geoffrey Downes, who were simply trying to write a hit single. Even the name The Buggles was chosen simply because it sounded like The Beatles.

The song tells the story of changing technology and the effects it has on society. As a boy in England, Downes grew up listening to the radio, and the stars of that era, the radio DJs, were soon replaced by the growing popularity of television.

“You know radio was huge in obviously the ’50s, and then towards the end of the ’50s, television started coming in and those guys that were famous on the radio weren’t famous anymore,” Downes says. “So it was very much a kind of how technology changes the way people view things and the way stars are made and then a star will become no longer a star because he has been used by another medium. The Internet is now something, you know, it was you surfing television and television is still big, but a lot of people view things now off the Internet rather than on the television, so it’s an ever-changing world.”

Geoffrey Downes left the Buggles after a short stint and eventually founded the band Asia, which had a string of massive hits in the early ’80s.

And although “Video Killed The Radio Star” went down in music history for its MTV debut, it was somewhat of a flop on radio two years earlier when it only managed to squeak its way to No. 40 in November of 1979.

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