Friday, February 4, 2011

Buggles -- "Video Killed The Radio Star" (1979)

I heard you on the wireless back in '52
Lying awake intently tuning in on you
If I was young it didn't stop you coming through . . .
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star

This song, which was released in 1979, was a #1 hit in 16 countries -- including the UK, France, Italy, and Sweden.  It reached #2 in Germany, but only #40 in the US.

The music video of "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video to be shown on MTV, which began broadcasting at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981 (or 8/1/81, if you prefer).  MTV's choice of this video was no doubt intended to be ironic, given that the song is about television bringing an end to the golden age of radio.

Here's the "Video Killed The Radio Star" music video:

Here's a link you can use to buy the song from iTunes:

Video Killed the Radio Star - The Age of Plastic

Here's a link you can use to order from Amazon:

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