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The Age Of Plastic +3(Ltd.Reissue)

Buggles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UNIVERSAL
  • ASIN: B000AA7BP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Buggles have their place in music history because their quirky hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" has the distinction of being the first music video shown on MTV. But their 1980 debut album "Age of Plastic" deserves to be remembered on its own terms; not just for the "futuristic" music, but because the lyrics represent a coherent critique of the world of technology as being full of potential but fraught with peril. Even a cursory look at "Video Killed the Radio Star" shows the song is offering up less than subtle ironies about the medium of pop music, not to mention the fledgling MTV. The Buggles consisted of the tandem of Geoffrey Downes on percussion/keyboards and Trevor Horn doing bass/guitar/percussion/vocals, both of who were obviously more interested in producing. That same year they produced the Yes album "Drama," and the pair ended up joining the group and replacing Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.
Pay attention to the lyrics on this album. "Kid Dynamo" is about the death of imagination in the age of mass media, a proposition that is clearly becoming more and more obvious with each year. "I Love You Miss Robot" is not kinky, despite its title, and is about the pitfalls of human dependence on technology. As for the music, it is pretty diverse. ""Video Killed the Radio Star" is upbeat and peppy while "Johnny on the Monorail" is the exact opposite, dark and brooding. Of course, at the time the use of electronic devices was considered cutting edge and the novelty of it all distracted from the potency of the lyrics. The Alan Parsons Project tried to do something along these lines with with 1977's "I Robot," but that effort seems ponderous and pretentious when compared to "Age of Plastic." I think I could make a compelling argument that this is one of the top ten, or at least top two dozen albums, from the decade (and you can go either way on that as the end of the 1970s or the start of the 1980s).
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 29 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit, I bough this album for "Video", only to discover that the entire album is excellent. Standouts of course would include "Clean, Clean", "Elstree", "Plastic Age", and of course "Video Killed the Radio Star". It should be mentioned that although Amazon's review mentions drum machines, all the drums were actually played by a real drummer (none other than Ultravox's Warren Cann), though Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes wanted him to sound like a drum machine ('cause they didn't have one at the time)!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Buggles have their place in music history because their quirky hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" has the distinction of being the first music video shown on MTV. But their 1980 debut album "Age of Plastic" deserves to be remembered on its own terms; not just for the "futuristic" music, but because the lyrics represent a coherent critique of the world of technology as being full of potential but fraught with peril. Even a cursory look at "Video Killed the Radio Star" shows the song is offering up less than subtle ironies about the medium of pop music, not to mention the fledgling MTV. The Buggles consisted of the tandem of Geoffrey Downes on percussion/keyboards and Trevor Horn doing bass/guitar/percussion/vocals, both of who were obviously more interested in producing. That same year they produced the Yes album "Drama," and the pair ended up joining the group and replacing Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.
Pay attention to the lyrics on this album. "Kid Dynamo" is about the death of imagination in the age of mass media, a proposition that is clearly becoming more and more obvious with each year. "I Love You Miss Robot" is not kinky, despite its title, and is about the pitfalls of human dependence on technology. As for the music, it is pretty diverse. ""Video Killed the Radio Star" is upbeat and peppy while "Johnny on the Monorail" is the exact opposite, dark and brooding. Of course, at the time the use of electronic devices was considered cutting edge and the novelty of it all distracted from the potency of the lyrics. The Alan Parsons Project tried to do something along these lines with with 1977's "I Robot," but that effort seems ponderous and pretentious when compared to "Age of Plastic." I think I could make a compelling argument that this is one of the top ten, or at least top two dozen albums, from the decade (and you can go either way on that as the end of the 1970s or the start of the 1980s).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Quality music that will never die!" 27 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is an exceptional album of nostalgia and pulsating electricity! As a synth musician myself, I drift off into a world of awe when I hear it, especially 'Living in the Plastic Age'. Most people remember 'Video Killed The Radio Star', but 'Living in the Plastic Age' is indeed a finer track. It borders on classical synth pop and is amazingly written. But then again, Trevor Horn has produced for many major artists including the Pet Shop Boys and Madonna.
Go on, buy the album! It's only 3 and a half quid for pete's sake! You'll love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars do you remember the days..of kid dynamo... 26 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The days of cold dark winter mornings getting ready then walking to school. 'Video Killed the Radio Star' and 'Plastic Age' on the radio before breakfast TV came along. I only bought this album 3 years ago; songs such as 'Astro Boy,Technopop and Kid Dynamo' although they were on the B side of the singles i owned in 79/80 never got listenend to.These songs are so beautifully forlorn and at the same time optimistic about the future.The reprise at the end of'Video'(not on the single)sets off emotions long ago left behind in 1979. ''i heard you on the wireless back in '52..' in 79 that was 27 years in the past, now 1979 + 27 = 2006. So next year look back down that same length of time and see if 'Video' evokes the same thoughts.Im glad to be living in the Age of Plastic...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Video didn't kill this radio star he just became a genius producer
The album from 1980 that first got me into Synth and New Wave Music.

A master class in writing, sound and production techniques from the genius that is Trevor Horn. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mr. Scott Carrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great electro pop gem from one of the pioneers
I have this on vinyl somewhere and consequently hadn't heard it in years, what a gem this is, yes a little eclectic for some but I loved hearing these songs again
Published 4 months ago by Cozzy Leicester
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time....great music!
Dating from way back when, 1980, and following on from the number 1 charting single "Video killed the radio star", this album is really far better than I thought it might have... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BobM
4.0 out of 5 stars Its not just "Video killed the radio star"
Genuine music changing album. Bits still sounding futuristic today. If you don't know " Clean Clean " you are missing a big piece of musical genius.
Published 6 months ago by michael fenwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Club disco
Superb, I had been waiting to buy this for a long time, ever since the single was released over twenty years ago. That's the music industry for you.
Published 15 months ago by Paul Green
4.0 out of 5 stars The olden days re-visited
I favorite band from the early 80's. And i still can enjoy there quirky sound and odd lyrics. Some things can survive time and give you the feel good feeling. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Johan L
5.0 out of 5 stars Buggles pure magic
I have just replaced my original album with this CD. This is a Classic in every sense. The lyrics are great, but it is the pure musicianship which stuns. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Incredibly Bendy Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Buggles Revisited
I first bought this album on cassette in 1979, whilst working in Germany and when I rediscovered it recently great memories came flooding back to me. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dr. A. KELLS
2.0 out of 5 stars None of the other tracks come close to 'Radio Star'
It's not exactly a bad album. But it's hard to avoid comparing the other tracks to 'Radio Star'.

Were they too busy promoting the single, but under pressure to produce... Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by David P Wragg
4.0 out of 5 stars "They'll Never Be as Big as the Buggles"
Despite living through the short Buggles era, I did not buy this album, but I did buy their singles. Read more
Published on 17 May 2010 by Nicholas Casley
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