The Buggles

Formed 1977. Disbanded 1981.
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Producers: Trevor Horn and Lol Creme

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The Buggles were a British new wave duo consisting of Trevor Horn (vocals, bass guitar, guitar) and Geoff Downes (keyboards, synthesizers, electric piano, piano, drums, percussion, backing vocals). They are best known for their 1979 debut single "Video Killed the Radio Star" that was No. 1 on the singles charts of sixteen countries. The music video for that song was the first to be shown on MTV; it aired in the U.S. at 12:01 on 1 August 1981. It was the lead single of the Buggles' first album, The Age of Plastic, which had three UK-hit singles.

Shortly after Downes' move to the band Asia and the commercial failure of their second album, Adventures in Modern Recording, in the UK, the group came to an end in 1981. However, Downes and Horn have been performing Buggles' songs together since 1998. When they collaborated again on the Yes album Fly from Here in 2011, they used songs originally recorded as demos for the Buggles as a basis for most of the material.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Adventures in Modern Recording – Deluxe Edition

    Adventures in Modern Recording – Deluxe Edition 2010

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    There’s a hyperactive mind at work on Buggles’ second album.