Saturday, May 14, 2011

Video Killed the Radio Star

Okay, I have to apologise. Last night I promised a real blog entry for today. Unfortunately what I did not anticipate last night was how long it would take to save everything I wanted from the old PC to move to the new PC. My songs (all 3000 or so of them) alone took two hours to back up. I will leave you then tonight with the classic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.

The song is famous as its video was the very first one played on MTV, a cable channel which now ironically no longer shows videos in any quantity (reality shows killed the video star...). The song seems to be set in the Fifties and Sixties, when television and other technologies were overcoming radio. Indeed, Trevor Horn of The Buggles has said the song was inspired by the J. G. Ballard story "The Sound-Sweep," in which a boy finds an opera star hiding away in a sewer. With technologies changing ever more swiftly, the song seems even more pertinent today than it was when it was released in 1979.

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