The Buggles









The Buggles

was formed in 1977. The band consisted of Trevor Horn who was born in 1949 in Durham and played the bass guitar, guitar, percussion, and vocals. Geoff Downes was born in 1952 in Stockport, Cheshire and played the percussion and keyboard. The third member was Bruce Woolley. Horn and Downes first met in the mid 1970's while they were members of the band of the British singer, Tina Charles. After that they went their separate ways for a short time. Horn wanted to become a record producer but could not find the artists or songs to work with. Because of this, he reunited with Geoff Downes. The trio of Downes, Horn, and Woolley began to write their own songs so they could record themselves. It is said that the name of the group was either derived from Horn choosing the most disgusting name he could think of or the fact that it came from a private joke between Horn and Downes and was a pun on the Beatles.

Their first song was, Video Killed The Radio Star. In the summer of 1979 they submitted a demo to Island Records and they signed them at once. The recording had vocals by Tina Charles. Tina also helped funds the project. The song was mainly a Bruce Woolley song but he left before the song was released. Bruce wanted to form a new band. The members of his band were Thomas Dolby and Hans Zimmer. They called their band, The Camera Club. They also released a version of the same song. Three months after the song was given to Island Records, it was number one on the charts. Video Killed the Radio Star was released in 1979 and it was the 444th number one in the U. K. Charts. It was at the top for one week and it helped the Buggles to the top and to fame. The bandís first live performance was in 2004 when they appeared at a Princeís Trust concert celebrating Hornís career as a producer. The band did not perform in public much because they were low key studio creators. They preferred to just record their music.

The video for the song, Video Killed the Radio Star, was the first video aired on MTV North America two years later. The video was directed by Russell Mulcahy. By this time the Camera Club released their version of the song. Their songs were shortened on all of their videos. These included songs from the Age of Plastic Album and also on their follow up album, Adventures in Modern Recording. The band/bands will be remembered for a long time because of this one song alone and for their album about video games.