Music / The Buggles
Geoff Downes (left) and Trevor Horn (right)
I heard you on my wireless back in '52,
Lyin' awake intent on tuning in on you,
If I was young it didn't stop you coming through,
Oh a oh
"Video Killed the Radio Star"

The Buggles were a band in the 1980s, recognized for the first video played on MTV, "Video Killed the Radio Star". Its members include Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, who both would contribute to the Yes album Drama during the absence of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, the latter of whom would form the Progressive Rock band Asia. Horn would become one of the music industry's most in-demand producers and helped shaped the characteristic sound of '80s pop music.

They released only two albums, The Age of Plastic in 1980 and Adventures in Modern Recording in 1982.

Adventures in Modern Troping:

  • End of an Age: "Video Killed the Radio Star" (for radio), "Elstree" (for the British film industry).
  • Foreshadowing: The bass-heavy "I Love You Miss Robot" points towards their later contributions to the Yes album Drama, which is stylistically similar.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: "I Love You Miss Robot".
  • Iconic Item: Trevor Horn's glasses, to the point where the cover of Adventures in Modern Recording features them prominently as a hint that Horn basically was The Buggles at that point.
  • I Am the Band: Adventures in Modern Recording is pretty much a Trevor Horn solo album, as Geoff Downes had joined Asia.
  • Lead Bassist: Trevor Horn.
  • Lyrical Dissonance (if not outright Hypocritical Humor): Pretty much their entire output was synthesised shiny hypermodern machine pop... bemoaning the impact of technology on modern life.
  • Raygun Gothic: Most of their lyrics.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": They did, though whoever designed their sleeves didn't always.
  • Spiritual Successor: Trevor Horn's production work is arguably The Buggles with different people fronting it.
    • The 2011 Yes album Fly from Here, with Downes playing keyboards and Horn producing, is largely made up of unused Buggles songs, notably the 24-minute title suite (albeit with new additions from Chris Squire and Steve Howe).
  • Title Track: Adventures In Modern Recording.