Video killed the Radio Star is a song performed by the English band The Buggles , written and composed by Trevor Horn , Geoff Downes and Bruce Wooley. It was officially dedicated as the first radio soundtrack from the album The Age of Plastic in the summer of 1979 . The song was released on this album in 1979, about the same time as the version of Bruce Wooley, who had worked with Horn and Downes on two tracks ( Video killed … and Clean Clean ) before founding his own band. In advance of its time, the version of Buggles announces the synthpop , music of the 1980s.
Hans Zimmer worked as co-producer or arranger on this song and the others on the album The Age of Plastic . It is besides the keyboardist dressed in black that one sees behind Geoff Downes at the end of the video-clip 3 .
Version of Bruce Wooley (available on the album “Bruce Woolley And The Camera Club”)
ヤ リ タ ミ ン (YALITAMIN)
Ken Laszlo 2000
The Presidents of the United States of America
Other People’s Songs
Punk Goes 80’s
Ben Folds Five
Whatever and Ever Amen (bonus track on 2005 reissues)
Panicsville ( punk version ) on the album Evil? and the compilation Punk Chartbusters Vol. 2
Star Academy 2 on the album Star Academy Fait Sa Boum (Performed by Fabien, Aurélie and Nolwenn ).
Christophe Maé in the show “Generation 80”
The French radio host Cauet adapted the lyrics and sang (You’re a shitty voice but you’re Radio Star) in 2004.
Adapted in French by Étienne Roda-Gil for Ringo ( Sheila’s husband ) under the title Who is this big black raven? 4 and in Spanish (still by the same two) under the title Marilyn no se quiere casar 5
Matmatah takes this song in acoustic version in their concerts.
Libdub MX5FRANCE 6
IU in Dream High episode 8.
The resumption of The Presidents of the United States of America appears in the French film Radiostars .
The song was ranked number 1 in England and reached the 40 th place of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States . It was also a great success in France, selling 1,212,000 copies. This is also the 41 th single best selling of all time in that country 7 .
South Africa (Springbok Radio) 8
Germany ( Media Control AG ) 9
Australia ( Kent Music Report ) 10
Austria ( Ö3 Austria Top 40 ) 11
Belgium (Flanders Ultratop 50 Singles ) 12
Belgium (Flanders VRT Top 30 ) 13
Canada ( 100 Singles ) 14
Spain ( AFYVE ) 15
United States (Billboard Hot 100) 16
United States (Cash Box) 17
Europe ( Eurochart Hot 100 ) 18
France ( SNEP ) 19
Ireland ( IRMA ) 20
Italy ( FIMI ) 21
New Zealand ( RIANZ ) 22
Netherlands ( Nederlandse Top 40 ) 23
Netherlands ( Single Top 100 ) 24
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart) 25
Sweden ( Sverigetopplistan ) 26
Switzerland ( Schweizer Hitparade ) 27
France ( SNEP ) 28
Australia ( Kent Music Report ) 29
Belgium (Flanders Ultratop 50 ) 30
France ( SNEP ) 31
Australia ( Kent Music Report ) 32
Austria ( Ö3 Austria Top 40 ) 33
Canada ( Top 100 Singles ) 34
Italy ( FIMI ) 35
France ( SNEP ) 36
United Kingdom (BPI) 37
1 st October 1979
The music video was the first music video to be broadcast on the MTV cable channel , but the production admitted that it was just a coincidence. It is still simple and very kitsch, showing the group playing in a kind of shed. A woman in the costume of disco influence appears in a pipe.
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2003 : The tube was integrated into the Grand Theft Auto video game : Vice City in the FM radio .
2007 : The Justice group gives a nod to the Buggles in the DANCE clip where we see the inscription ” Internet killed the video stars ” on a T-shirt
2008 : The song included in the soundtrack of our 18 years of Frederic Berthe .
2009 : Robbie Williams also winks with his album Reality Killed the Video Star .
2011 : The song appears twice in the film Take This Waltz of Polley .
Appearance in the first episode of the series The Secret of Élise by Alexandre Laurent
Video of the recovery by Ringo [ archive ]
Original lyrics [ archive ]
Video-Clip [ archive ] ( wmv format )
Audio excerpts by different artists [ archive ] ( wma format )
Search for the title on MyStands (different artists) [ archive ]
Title search [ archive ] on Napster
↑ ( in ) Heather Phares, ” Video Killed the Radio Star – Review ” [ archive] , on AllMusic (accessed 28 August 2013 )
↑ a and b ( in ) ” Video Killed the Radio Star By The Buggles – Digital Sheet Music ” [ archive ] , on Musicnotes.com , Faber Music (accessed28 August 2013 )