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Video killed the Radio Star - The Buggles

Continuing with the "old school" vibes of late, today's song is in honour of VCR day!

There isn't a lot of information on how VCR day came about or where it is celebrated, however it is a day paying homage to the good ol video cassette which was first introduced in 1956 then becoming more widely available in the 70's through to the 90's.

Ah. Thinking about Ye Olde VCR brings back so many fond memories.

Was there anything more exciting in life than having a sleepover with your friends, getting shedloads of popcorn and chocolate, asking your dad to take you to Mr Video. You and your friends would fan out to ensure all grounds were covered, strutting around in your Spice Girl platforms, pausing to feed your Tamagotchi and getting lost in the possibilities of which video to take out (anything with Leonardo Di Caprio was a given). You were truly living your best life when your parents would let you take out TWO videos as a treat.

The only special feature was not having to rewind the tape (thank you for being kind and having a lil rewind)

Naturally, such delights didn't come without their own stresses - getting the video that took ages to rewind (you could have a five-course meal and it would still be whirring its way to the start), having someone record over last night's Days of our Lives before you watched it (and this was the episode that Stefano was going to die. Again.), the tape malfunctioning and popping out the machine randomly and of course, the tape intestines you would have to wrangle once the machine ate the tape.

Fun fact about the song: it was the very first music video to be debuted on MTV on the 1st August 1981! (And then years later Reality Star killed the Video star, but I digress)

The song, written in one hour, was created by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Dolby in 1978. The Buggles' version, while better known, was not the first version - Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club first recorded it.

The song is classified as new wave and synth-pop and the different sound of the music was described as looking into the future.

It is a song looking at the impact of modern technology, the resistance to new inventions as well as remembering the past. Trevor Horn was inspired by memories of listening to Radio Luxembourg as a child.

This song really does bring on nostalgia, not only for old fashioned movie nights but for times gone by. It's scary to think that the "modern" technology the song speaks of is now so outdated and even its own successor - the DVD player - is now sooooo 2000's.

While the rapid advancement of technology is exciting -(soon watching Netflix on your phone will be "old school" no doubt, it is sometimes good to reflect back on the things and times that we once enjoyed or found exciting, remember that feeling of joy and to see how far we have come.

In my mind and in my car
We can't rewind, we've gone too far

1 Comment

Jun 16, 2021

Great song and great article. Thanks Claire!!!

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