"Video Killed The Radio Star" Turns 30.

Released Sept. 7, 1979, "Video Killed the Radio Star" went to #1 in the UK the week of Oct. 20, 1979. The song also went to #1 in Australia, Sweden, and Switzerland, and debuted on the US charts at #40, where it remained for one week.

"Video Killed the Radio Star" appears on The Buggles album The Age of Plastic and was the first #1 song for Island Records.

Trevor Horn has said that "the song - about a radio star whose career is cut short by TV - is based on a Ballard short story The Sound Sweep, in which a mute boy obsessed with collecting music discovers an opera singer hiding in a sewer. It taps into Ballard's interest in the hold of mass media on people's lives, especially the influence of television, beamed into the same suburban homes that used to listen in their millions to radio."

The video for "Video Killed the Radio Star" was directed by Russell Mulcahy who went on to direct, among many others, the Rio era videos for Duran Duran. "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video to be shown on MTV when the music channel debuted at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 1, 1981.

Video: Recorded at Wembley Arena in November 2004 for Produced by Trevor Horn, a concert for The Prince's Trust. This performance features all the original in-studio band members.