Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles

The Buggles sang this song at the end of the 1970ies. It describes the career of a singer that was cut short by TV, video and new technologies.

I recently realized that my kids, 5 & 7, had no idea what a bank was. They have never been to one since we do everything on-line nowadays. How far have we come? What else has become obsolete due to technology?

I love this song…I was in my pre-adolescence & the Buggles seemed so cool.

 

Lyrics:

I heard you on the wireless back in Fifty Two
Lying awake intent at tuning in on you.
If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through.
Oh-a oh

They took the credit for your second symphony.
Rewritten by machine and new technology,
and now I understand the problems you can see.
Oh-a oh

I met your children
Oh-a oh

What did you tell them?
Video killed the radio star. (x2)

Pictures came and broke your heart.
Oh-a-a-a oh

And now we meet in an abandoned studio.
We hear the playback and it seems so long ago.
And you remember the jingles used to go.
Oh-a oh

You were the first one.
Oh-a oh

You were the last one.

Video killed the radio star. (x2)
In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone to far
Oh-a-aho oh, (x2)

Video killed the radio star. (x2)

In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone to far.
Pictures came and broke your heart, put the blame on VCR.

You are a radio star. (x2)

Video killed the radio star. (x4)

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/videokilledtheradiostarlyrics.html

Mono portable Radio Tape Recorder from the Ger...

Mono portable Radio Tape Recorder from the German brand Universum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vocabulary Boost:

  • Playback: repetition
  • Jingles: tunes
  • Rewind: reverse
  • Blame: fault, culpability

Fluency Builder:

  1. Have you still got a tape deck in your home?
  2. When was the last time you bought a CDs?
  3. Do you think the kids in your family have already seem a disc man?
  4. How often do you use a pen or pencil during the day?
  5. Have you ever used a typewriter?
  6. What other things have become outdated?
  7. Do you have a telephone at home?

Lem..xo!

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