The song was written by Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley Horn has claimed that Woolley was primarily responsible for the musical content, while Horn wrote most of the words. Woolley was responsible for the addition of the words 'put the blame on VTR'. The first version was recorded by Woolley & the Camera Club (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards) for his albumEnglish Garden, which was a hit in Canada. The Buggles later recorded the song and it reached number one in the UK Charts the week of 20 October 1979, the first-ever number one for the island records label. It also would top the Australian charts, and made the Billboard hot 100 in the United States, debuting on 10 November 1979, and peaking at number 40.
It appears on the album The Angel of Plastic, where it has an additional piano coda. The complicated arrangement and production of the song, which includes a chorus sung by a group of very high-pitched backup singers, foreshadows Horn's later career as a producer. It appears on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and in the game itself.
|"Video Killed the Radio Star"|
|Single by The Buggles|
|from the album The Age of Plastic|
|Released||7 September 1979|
|Genre||New Wave, Synthpop|
|Length||4:13 (album version)|
3:25 (2010 Japanese re-issue single version)
|Writer(s)||Geoff Downes, Trevor Horne, and Bruce Woolley|
|The Buggles singles chronology|