The Buggles are best known for their debut single, "Video Killed The Radio Star
," a #1 hit in their native UK and the first song played on MTV. "Living In The Plastic Age" was their next single.
The group was the duo of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, both of whom later joined Yes. Horn handled vocals and also played guitar and bass; Downes was the keyboard wizard who programmed the drums and handled the synths. They created a sound that could be hailed as futuristic or derided as artificial, but unlike other acts in this milieu (Gary Numan, New Musik), they made the criticism of this music the concept, exemplified in this song.
In a Songfacts interview with Downes
, he explained: "The whole concept of the Buggles was that nothing was real - everything was fake. So, the process we went through with the Buggles was very much a case of imitation: I was imitating strings and oboes and orchestral instruments, and Trevor used this sort of automaton voice. It was almost like the advancement of the technological age - with digital stuff. That was really how that came about, that song."