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"They'll Never Be as Big as the Buggles",
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This review is from: The Age Of Plastic (Audio CD)
Despite living through the short Buggles era, I did not buy this album, but I did buy their singles. After the initial glow, I didn't think that much of `Video Killed the Radiostar' when it first came out. I was fifteen at the time, and thought the track was a bit twee. I did love `Clean, Clean' though, and was amazed it became stalled in the lower reaches of the charts. And after that, the Buggles members seemed to move on to other things, on to the supergroup Asia and Trevor Horn producing many of the greatest hit albums and more of the 1980s.
I recently bought this CD because I could not find `Clean, Clean' on any compilation, but am disappointed to find that the album version was slightly but noticeably different from the single. Never mind, for there is enough good material here worthy of play. The opening track `The Plastic Age' is perfect pop; the intro and exit of this and other tracks immediately catch and maintain attention, and one can see already how Horn was to be a seminal producer for the rest of the decade and beyond. Future musicologists wanting to know how UK pop sounded in the first half of the 1980s could do worse than play this one album. The lyrics are intelligent too.
Sleevenotes are provided by the group, giving some background to their origins and success. There is, however, a lack of credits to other musicians, unless of course they also played the saxophone and did the girlie singing too!