The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star

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The first ever video played on MTV was appropriately Video Killed the Radio Star. The song peaked at #40 in the Billboard 100, #1 in the UK and #6 in Canada in 1979. I’ve always liked this song but it took a few listens. It was written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley.

The Presidents of the United States of America also did a version of this song in 1998 that I like.

Here is a quote from Trevor Horn…  “It came from this idea that technology was on the verge of changing everything. Video recorders had just come along, which changed people’s lives. We’d seem people starting to make videos as well, and we were excited by that. It felt like radio was the past and video was the future. The was a shift coming.”

From Songfacts.

Trevor Horn wrote this after reading a science fiction story…

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