FREE MP3 DL: Buggles’ “On TV (1980 Disco Purrfection Version)”

It’s not a Buggles song that even Trevor Horn fans tend to cherish, at least not compared to “Video Killed The Radio Star”, “Living In The Plastic Age”, “I Love You Miss Robot” and “I Am a Camera” but it is part of the Buggles/Horn atmosphere, and thus it is celebrated here in this new edit by DJ Disco Cat. The it in this question is “On TV”, taken into a 1980 Disco Purrfection Version so move it out of the TV circuits and into the dance floor.

COVERED: Buggles vs. Kenna (Part 2)

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Three months ago, I posted an edition of Covered that involved Kenna paying homage to the Buggles‘ debut album, The Age Of Plastic. Three months later, he has honored the Buggles again.

This time, Kenna has collaborated with Donald Glover, a/k/a Childish Gambino, and the homage could be a combination of two different Buggles sleeves. The picture sleeve for “Video Killed The Radio Star” features Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes standing as they are on the cover. However, if you also look at the sleeve for “The Plastic Age”, that photo is cropped and looks a bit closer to what Kenna tried to borrow for their cover.
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If Kenna ends up honoring the picture sleeve for Buggles’ “Clean Clean”, things may get dangerous.

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COVERED: Buggles vs. Kenna

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In 1980, Island Records released the debut album by The Buggles, The Age Of Plastic. It featured Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley. While Woolley was not shown on the cover of The Age Of Plastic, he was in the video for “Video Killed The Radio Star”, the album’s first single. The album featured other great songs like “Living In The Plastic Age”, “Astroboy (And the Proles on Parade)”. and the awesome “I Love You (Miss Robot)”. During the same year, Horn and Downes would become members of Yes for the album Drama, which left some wondering if Yes should continue on as a band, as Horn essentially replaced original vocalist Anderson. The band eventually did break up. The Buggles were barely a blip in the United States until August 1, 1981, when a brand new cable network called MTV: Music Television, showed “Video Killed The Radio Star” as their first means of programming. From that point on, it would also help put Horn on the man as a producer. Two years later, Horn would end up producing Yes’ big comeback album, 90125.

Kenna is an artist from Virginia who dabbles in soul, synth pop, and a bit of electronic wizardry. Having made music since the late 90’s, he has been pushing himself to be at the top of his game, and has been successful in doing so. He has just released a song called “Relations (An Ode To You & Me)”, the cover of which is an homage to Trevor Horn and the plug through his neck that electrifies him. One can say that perhaps his music does the same for Kenna, or maybe as a means for you to plug yourself as well for a bit of mutual musical harmony. Plug in.

If you like the song below, you may download the track for free while supplies last by clicking here (9.1mb).

SOME STUFFS: Trevor Horn puts on producer’s hat once again for Yes

Big progressive rock news today. Legendary music producer Trevor Horn will be working with Yes for a new album, to be titled Fly From Here. It is the first studio album for Yes in ten years, while it’s the first time Horn and Yes have worked together since 1987’s Big Generator. Will this album work for fans in 2011? Perhaps.

Some useless facts. This is the third time Horn and Yes have worked together. The first time was when he and keyboardist Geoff Downes, both of them known as two-thirds of the group The Buggles, became members of Yes for their album Drama. Horn served as the band’s new vocalist (replacing Jon Anderson. The album was somewhat of a flop and they split up. Two years later, bassist Chris Squier wanted to make new music and formed Cinema. Eventually, Cinema eventually became a Yes project again, Jon Anderson rejoined the group, and Horn (being one of the “it” producers at the time) was asked to join in as producer. It was Horn who made it possible to place Yes on pop radio for good. Horn worked on a few tracks for their follow-up album four years later, Big Generator, although many felt that the album’s core came from guitarist which many felt was more of a vehicle for guitarist Trevor Rabin, who joined the band for 90125.

Horn will have worked with Yes under three different singers: himself, Anderson, and the band’s current vocalist, Benoit David (Anderson had fallen ill three years ago and was given doctor’s orders to rest. The group didn’t want to wait around and chose to tour without him, which moved Anderson to comment publicly that he was disappointed by their decision.)

Yes have been together as a band since 1968, with bassist Squire being the only member to have been with the group throughout their 43-year duration. Let’s be honest though: while Yes’ “classic period” and their 90125 album (which is 28 years old and no doubt classic, but purists will say “no, give me The Yes Album over that electronic clickety-clack) will remain FM radio staples, can this album make an impact on buyers in 2011? On older buyers, indeed. For fans of Horn, definitely. Or is the album merely an advertisement of sorts so that they’ll be able to say “we have new music, which most of the public will ignore but by the way, we’re going on tour”? Plus, a singer that is a complete unknown, and Horn knows how fans reacted to Yes when he was their singer. Looking back, Drama is a really good album but David is unproven. However, Journey has had Arnel Pineda as their lead vocalist for the last few years, and has managed to gain a loyal following not only by Journey fans, but by Filipino fans around the world who love that “their boy” is in one of their favorite groups. Will people be that loyal to David? Hard to say, since Yes has never had that kind of youthful following like Journey did. Only time will tell (and yes, that was an Asia reference, a group that featured Yes/Buggles keyboardist Downes and guitarist Steve Howe, who is also in this incarnation of Yes).

At the end of the year, we’ll see how well this re-re-union between Horn and Yes worked out. Cheers to both.

VIDEO: & Nicki Minaj’s “Check It Out”

31 years ago, Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley, along with vocalist Tina Charles, told us that “Video Killed The Radio Star”, even though most people did not associate radio, or music, with video. 31 years later, the song gets an upgrade by a musician who arguably killed his own hip-hop for the sake of the pop dollar, if you are to believe the hate that’s on the web. I ofcourse speak of, and regardless what you have to say about him or his current output of music, he’s making more money than everyone who complains about it worldwide. Here he is on his collaboration with Nicki Minaj, the “it” female of the moment. Now say what you want about her, that despite an approach that seems to combine Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, and Elton John theatrics, it seems she feels she knows this is what the public wants. However, talk to diehard hip-hop heads and while some may hate the visuals, they will say she gets down like Chaka Khan and has one of the best rhyme schemes out there.

As the song title suggests, they both want you to “Check It Out”. The song is from Nicki’s forthcoming album, Pink Friday, scheduled for release on November 22nd.