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The Buggles

Updated on August 17, 2014

Video killed the radio star...

Best-known for their #1 and video hit VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR, the Buggles were a short-lived but influential New Wave group. They went on to have a second album and briefly the entire band joined art-progressive pioneers YES.

Later bassist and singer Trevor Horn went on to become one of the biggest music producers in the UK. Keyboard player Geoff Downes is best known for his massive keyboard array which he used during his tenure as part of the 80s supergroup ASIA.

"Video Killed The Radio Star"

In August 1981, this was the very first video that every played on (then brand-new) MTV. The song had originally been recorded by Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club in 1979. Horn and Downes wrote the song and were part of the Camera Club backing band for Woolley. They re-recorded the song for the first Buggles album and avideo by Russell Mulcahy didn't do much, until MTV was invented. Then it brought the Buggles a lot of attention. By this time however, the Buggles had joined YES.

Here they are performing the song on UK TV in 1979, two years before the song would appear on baby MTV.


Age of Plastic (+3 Bonus Tracks)
Age of Plastic (+3 Bonus Tracks)

This is a newer re-release of the Age of Plastic album. In addition to the original tracks, it contains three bonus tracks including some singles that were released in Japan only.


Links and Sites - learn more about the Buggles

Since the Buggles existed in the days well before the invention of the internet, there's not a lot out there about them.


Adventures in Modern Recording
Adventures in Modern Recording

Not a lot of people realized the Buggles put out a second album. The majority of work on this album was done by Horn as Downes was busy with ASIA by this time. This re-release also contains some bonus tracks.


More Buggles Videos

While a lot of people have seen the music video for VKTRS, none of their other videos ever seemed to get airplay. There are also a few clips from UK tv appearances. Being studio musicians, the Buggles never went out on tour until they joined YES.

In 2004, Downes and Horn reunited to play the Prince's Trust and live Buggles music was heard for the first time in over 20 years.



Horn and Downes stepped in for Anderson and Wakeman for this one album and a tour. The overall sound of the band still adheres to the YES style, but has more pop elements.


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      chrissuard lm 

      8 years ago

      great lens, never heard of them until today!

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      10 years ago

      Love the Buggles! Rolling this Lens to my John Wetton Lens for the Downes/Wetton/Asia connection!

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      10 years ago

      cool! I'm an all 80s music vid lensmaster and love that the 80s are so popular here on Squidoo, I didn't ever hear anything else by the buggles other than that famous Mtv hit

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Thanks for an excellent addition to the 80's New Wave Alternative Music Group!


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