The Buggles

English New Wave band

The Buggles were a pop/rock band formed in 1977 consisting of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes. They had re-teamed after an earlier incarnation, Camera Club, which had also included Bruce Wooley, Thomas Dolby, and Hans Zimmer (Academy Award-winning film composer). The Buggles achieved fame with their first single, "Video Killed the Radio Star", a number-one hit in the UK charts, whose video launched nascent cable network MTV on August 1, 1981.


  • They send the heart police to put you under cardiac arrest
    And as they drag you through the door, they tell you that you've failed the test.
    • "Living in the Plastic Age", The Age of Plastic (1980).
  • Hello, Doctor, lift my face
    I wish my skin could stand the pace.
    • "Living in the Plastic Age".
  • I heard you on the wireless back in '52
    Lying awake intent at tuning in on you.
    If I was young, it didn't stop you coming through.
    • "Video Killed the Radio Star", The Age of Plastic (1980).
  • They took the credit for your second symphony.
    Rewritten by machine and new technology,
    and now I understand the problems you can see.
    • "Video Killed the Radio Star".
  • Video killed the radio star.
    • "Video Killed the Radio Star".
  • And now we meet in an abandoned studio.
    We hear the playback and it seems so long ago.
    • "Video Killed the Radio Star".
  • In my mind and in my car
    We can't rewind, we've gone too far.
    Pictures came and broke your heart.
    Put the blame on VTR.
    • "Video Killed the Radio Star".
  • Elstree, remember me?
    I had a part in a B-movie.
    I played a man from history
    • "Elstree", The Age of Plastic (1980).
  • God, you know it's hard to keep the fighting clean
    • "Clean, Clean", The Age of Plastic (1980).
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