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The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star (1979)

The video for the Buggles' classic one-shot, about how the rise of television (and, by extension, music videos) hurt the careers of those performers whose looks would not translate well to the new medium.

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Russell Mulcahy
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Cast

Credited cast:
The Buggles ... The Buggles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Debi Doss Debi Doss ... Debi Doss
Geoff Downes ... Geoff Downes
Trevor Horn ... Trevor Horn
Linda Jardim Linda Jardim ... Linda Jardim
Hans Zimmer ... Hans Zimmer
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The video for the Buggles' classic one-shot, about how the rise of television (and, by extension, music videos) hurt the careers of those performers whose looks would not translate well to the new medium.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

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MGMM STUDIOS See more »
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Trivia

This was the very first video ever shown on MTV, which aired on August, 1981. See more »

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Featured in The '80s: The Decade That Made Us: Lift Off (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Video Killed the Radio Star
Written by Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn and Bruce Woolley
Performed by The Buggles
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The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star is still important as the music short that launched MTV
19 April 2017 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When MTV began its broadcast on August 1, 1981, this particular video was its launching pad, so to speak. Watching it now, it seems both futuristic and retro concerning the way the sets were designed, hair was worn, and music was presented at the time. Listening to the lyrics now, I still can't understand its point but it's still alluring to hear it, even now. So yeah, The Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star still enchants with its looks and sound.


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