The Buggles’ Video Killed The Radio Star is one of the big hits of years gone by, now its been given a new lease of life.
Written by Bruce Woolley, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, the original Buggles music video is famous for being the first ever shown on MTV when it launched in 1981. The words “Video” and “Radio” are similar in multiple languages, this, plus the record’s distinctive, ground-breaking production helped propel the track to top sixteen international music charts, including the UK, Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as the Japanese Oricon International Chart.
Now Bruce Woolley and The Radio Science Orchestra have re-recorded the song featuring British singer-songwriter Polly Scattergood (Polly Scattergood, Arrows and On Dead Waves – Mute Records) and co-produced by Keypad. This darker, more reflective version of the genre-shaping synth-pop classic is a very new direction for the tune, and yet from the first listen, it feels hauntingly familiar.
The single is released today (February 24th) on Gramophone Records and will be available for streaming and download and can be pre-ordered on iTunes. The new VKTRS video will feature cameo appearances from synth pioneer Thomas Dolby and The Retronaut’s Wolfgang Wild, as well as animations by renowned Video Artist Louise Bellairs (The Art of Scared Geometry)
A remix by Steve Dub (The Chemical Brothers’ engineer in residence) is also currently in the works and the release will follow in March.
“I remember listening to Video Killed The Radio Star as a teenager. It was always playing in my school canteen and it was one of those iconic tracks everyone instantly knew and loved, so when Bruce asked me to collaborate with him and the Radio Science Orchestra on this re-working of it, I was naturally very excited. We both share a love of synths, so enjoyed spending time together in the studio experimenting with building a new soundscape for the track, layer by layer. It began to take shape quite organically much like the video. None of us really knew where any of it was going until it was finished – it was a lot of fun to be part of”. – Polly Scattergood