The Buggles (“Video Killed the Radio Star”)

A brilliant, (self-)reflective initiation into the age of music videos and what would much later turn into the era of YouTube… I remember with great excitement the highly marketed launch of MTV in 1981, and this song was perfectly chosen, and with great irony, as MTV’s debut. A slew of videos would follow, and this song encapsulates that moment when the imagination of your favorite bands and singers was often thwarted by the grim reality of their appearance in music videos that distracted from the sound and fantasy that we had in the age of pre-internet felicity. The Buggles killed it, as did MTV with this excellent choice for their debut… that was when MTV was really MTV…

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