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The Buggles[1][2] are an English New Wave band consisting of Trevor Horn (vocals, bass guitar, guitar) and Geoff Downes (keyboards, drums, percussion). They are remembered for their 1979 debut single "Video Killed the Radio Star" that was #1 on the singles chart in 16 different countries.[3] Its music video was the first to be shown on MTV in the U.S. at 00:01 on 1 August 1981.



Early days (1977–78)

Horn and Downes first met in the mid 1970s, while members of the backing band of British singer Tina Charles, though they did not actually play on her studio releases. After this stint they briefly went their separate ways, Horn playing bass guitar in the house band at Hammersmith Odeon for a while, where he met Bruce Woolley. During this period Horn yearned to become a record producer, but was frustrated by not being able to find ideal songs or artists to work with. As a result he reunited with Geoff Downes, and the trio of Horn, Downes and Woolley began writing their own songs to record themselves as a studio band.

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