The Buggles

The Buggles



The Buggles were an English new wave band formed in London in 1977 by singer and bassist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoffrey Downes. They are best known for their 1979 debut single "Video Killed the Radio Star" that topped the charts in 16 countries.

Formed in London, the duo released their first album, The Age of Plastic, in January 1980 with "Video Killed the Radio Star" as its lead single. Its music video was the first shown on MTV in the US in August 1981. Soon after the album's release, Horn and Downes joined the progressive rock band Yes, recording and releasing Drama in the process. Following a tour to promote the album, Yes disbanded in 1980. The following year, the Buggles released a second album, Adventures in Modern Recording. Its lack of commercial success led to the break up of the group.

Since 1998, Horn and Downes have occasionally performed the Buggles' songs.



The Age of Plastic
The Age of Plastic is the debut studio album by the British new wave duo The Buggles, composed of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes.
Adventures in Modern Recording
Adventures in Modern Recording is the second and final studio album by British synthpop duo The Buggles, released in 1981 on Carrere Records.
"Elstree" is a synthpop song by The Buggles from their debut album, The Age of Plastic.
Living in the Plastic Age
"Living in the Plastic Age" (on some releases simply listed as "The Plastic Age") is a synthpop song written, performed and produced by The Buggles.

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Blast back to the past in ’80s-themed Coast Union musical
  –  March 23, 2017
Set at William Ocean High School circa 1985, the play features songs like Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” Kenny Loggins’ title track from “Footloose” and “Mickey” by Toni Basil.
Margaret Cho Opens Up About How Joan Rivers and the Go-Go’s Changed Her Life
  –  March 21, 2017
Her image and everything is so fabulous.” “This is pop, pop, pop music. It’s sort of in the vein of the Buggles’ ‘Video Killed the Radio Star.’ This is like when we were listening to synthesizers for the first time. This was around the same ...
National killed the radio station
  –  March 21, 2017
The Buggles song ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ probably isn’t the best comparison but National’s anti-public broadcasting ideology is slowing starving our only public broadcaster, RNZ. As it once again demonstrated over the recent earthquakes ...
Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)
  –  March 20, 2017
I played this one-hit-wonder nonstop when it came out in 1979. It was definitely ahead of its time, setting the stage for the sounds of the ’80s and the MTV age. This blog is my journal. I just choose to share it with the world instead of keeping ...
Ben Folds Five’s Whatever and Ever Amen 20 Years Later
  –  March 18, 2017
In 2005, a remastered version of the album would be released with additional content, including a covers of the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” and a lounge version of the Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly”. Additionally, it contained ...
The UK gets new coins, but why?
  –  March 15, 2017
However, with the rise in cashless payments, online transactions and mobile banking, is there any point? The Buggles classic song heralded the age of music videos and was the first ever played on MTV. As the lyrics, and that fact, highlight, old ...
Women in Music: The Ladies Responsible for Shaping the Industry
  –  March 14, 2017
Following the flash of the iconic moonman, MTV airs 10 music videos to the public. The second video to air (just after “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles) is Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run.” Throughout the 1980s, Benatar proves herself ...
The Buggles
  –  February 24, 2017
Iconic pop tune gets re-imagined for the 21st Century… When it comes to pop tunes, there’s a select few that manage to be immediately recognisable regardless of whatever decade they were recorded in. So the iconic opening bars of The … Read More

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