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Video Killed the Radio Star (1979) - Buggles

Music video (clip)

A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. The American cable television channel MTV ("Music Television" launched in 1981), originated the format of end-to-end music video programming without any conventional programs, although the music video itself has a history dating back to the earliest days of sound film.

Music videos are primarily a marketing device intended to promote the sale of recordings. Alan Durant (1984, p.115) has criticized music videos tendency for glittery escapism, musical portraiture, which, "may fix currencies of sounds, but...may also close eyes to music seen more broadly as practice." (Middleton 1990, p.91) --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_video [Feb 2005]

Video Killed the Radio Star

"Video Killed the Radio Star" is a song written by the Buggles, which was later made into a music video. It is noteworthy because it was the first video shown on MTV, when the channel debuted on August 1, 1981 (at 12:01 AM). Because there were few videos to choose from, this one seemed the logical choice for the fledgling network.

Written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley, the song reached number one in the UK charts in 1979. It appears on the album The Age of Plastic.

The song was covered by the Presidents of the United States of America in 1998. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_Killed_the_Radio_Star [Oct 2004]

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