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  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0000257O9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
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1. The Plastic Age
2. Video Killed The Radio Star
3. Kid Dynamo
4. I Love You (Miss Robot)
5. Clean, Clean
6. Elstree
7. Astroboy (And The Proles On Parade)
8. Johnny On The Monorail
9. Island
10. Technopop
11. Johnny On The Monorail

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Remastered reissue of 1980 new wave classic includes three bonus tracks, 'Island', 'Technopop' & 'Johnny On The Monorail (A Very Different Version)'.

Part of the early-1980s great explosion of pop music (witness: Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson) to have any real impact, an accident of fate-titled "Video Killed the Radio Star" inextricably links the Buggles to the rise of MTV. Unfortunate for the band's future, the two best Buggles tracks (the other, "Clean Clean") were cowritten with Bruce Woolley, who simultaneously released them (with less success) with his new band, The Camera Club. The artificial sound of these comparatively primitive keyboards and drum machines, once embraced by nihilist popsters on the edge of punk, has since mutated (Gary Numan, Eno, Woodentops, etc.) into the all-but-voiceless electronic music of the late '90s. Regardless, the Buggles manifested a handful of pop gems in science fiction clothing. And why not? We still read Bradbury and Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. Oddly, what once seemed such smart and jaded music now plays as the voice of joyous optimism. Go figure. --Grant Alden --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on April 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album upon its release, and accidently left it at a friend's house for a couple weeks.As he fell in love with it, I couldn't wait to get it back and hear myself! Wow! I had never heard anything quite like it! I soon joined the military service, and for handling simplicity I bought a copy on cassette. Played it do death, shared with friends.. wore it out. Bought a second one, which lasted a little longer. Finally, the compact disc was issued, and yes, i have one, and i play it alot!I wish these guys would produce more albums/projects. (Yes, i have "Adventures In modern Recording", and Geoff Downes' experimental "symphonies" on vinyl...) This album influenced me to check out Yellow Magic Orchestra, Bill Nelson's red noise, and Depeche Mode.
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exactly what my daughter wanted for Christmas and came on time and no problems. Good tunes that we both enjoy to listen to and sing along with.
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HASH(0x9c0c2888) out of 5 stars The Buggles's critique of much more than video and radio July 27 2003
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on
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).
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c09318c) out of 5 stars Holds Up Well -- Much More Than You Think Sept. 16 2005
By Todd and In Charge - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There is a lot going on in this album than the one-off novelty of "Video" suggests -- this is a complex sci-fi ode to a discomforting, sometimes optimistic, occasionally joyful future. It's rendered in an engaging, deft mix of "new-wave" synth sounds, sterile guitar and drums, and washes of sound that manage to capture the tone and feel of this near-future dystopia quite effectively.

To me, it's a bit like The Cars' Panorama or Todd Rundgren's The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect, both recorded at the same time, in that what is created here is an insular world, a bit cold and distant, providing a glimpse at the future that, to my ears today, ironically sounds quaint, inviting, and comforting. To be honest, as the headlines today blare continuing bad news, I'm going to keep going back to this future as it's often preferable to our present....
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfaeac8) out of 5 stars The Buggles - Great Synth Pop Oct. 6 2004
By Leonardo D - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"The Age of Plastic" contains some great pop songs although the production is now starting to show its age a little. The members of The Buggles, unlike many of today's so called pop stars, were all seasoned musicians. This is reflected in the quality of both the playing and material throughout the album. The arrangements are inventive and interesting and it is clear that this record was an inspiration and influence on many of the 80's and 90's pop acts. The album is an introduction to the production style that would become Lead Singer Trevor Horn's trademark. Fans of the 80's Yes albums "90125" and "Big Generator" will undoubtedly recognise some stylistic similarities in places. Highlights include the worldwide mega hit "Video Killed The Radio Star", "Clean Clean", "Elstree" and "Johnny on The Monorail". Overall a fine melodic pop record.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db49b58) out of 5 stars One-off soundtrack to the industrialized future Oct. 13 2002
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
How to describe the Buggles? How about this: staccato robotic and electronic sounds coupled with light-hearted sounds, soaring female choruses, electric guitars, new-wave synthesizers, and vocals and an overall proto-industrial sound that would influence Depeche Mode, Camouflage, New Order, and Electronic. The difference is that the Buggles sound less colder than the above groups. The title track is a prime example of what I described above.
"Video Killed The Radio Star," historical because its video was the one that launched MTV, is far better than the Presidents of the United States remake. The distance travelled between different media, from that wireless back in 1952 to the then-present day of 1979, can be heard in the distorted male vocals and the strings, which evoke a kind of nostalgia for the lost past. The female vocals singing the chorus are classic.
Things move to a quicker pace with "Kid Dynamo," with electric guitars and strings boosting things along.
"I Love You (Miss Robot)" with electronically synthesized vocals singing the chorus lends credence to the futuristic setting of this album. Love those female vocals mid-song!
"Clean, Clean" begins with a slow baroque synthesizer before going full force with guitar and drums. The synthesizer solo in the middle of the song is classic late 70's new wave electronica.
"Elstree" is a slower number about the British studio of the same name and tells of the protagonist's fantasy of playing heroes in historical B-pictures. The song closes with the sounds of a galloping horse. An electronical version of that stock music from British historical sagas is included as well.
"Astroboy" isn't as remarkable compared to the rest of the album. "Johnny On The Monorail" however, continues with the quick-paced soundscape of synthesizer-mania.
This is more of a futuristic mechanized soundtrack for the industrial landscape of the current day and near future than ELO's Time. Considering that this came out in the new-wave movement of the late-70's/early 80's, this one-of-a-kind nugget is to be cherished for all time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3fb9b4) out of 5 stars Pristine techno-pop with a sense of humor. Oct. 19 1999
By Nelson R. Willis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's interesting to think that after making this album these guys (Trever Horn & Geoff Downes) joined Yes! The Buggles and Yes were usually pretty different from eachother. Both bands were, however, managed by Brian Lane. When Trev & Geoff wrote a particularly non-Buggleish song, "Fly from Here," they wanted Yes to perform it. By that time (late '70s / early '80s), Yes was in the habit of writing all their own material, but since Yes was down by two (singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman), they convinced the Buggles to join them for a time.
_Plastic Age_ is an album typical of a sound in the early '80s which offered a sharp contrast to what was typical radio fare in the '70s. Everything got very tinny, antiseptic, electronic, even quirky. This sharply contrasted with the earthy, soulful sounds of the '70s like Grand Funk, Doobie Brothers, and Seals & Crofts. I like either sort of sound, though.
Trevor provides good singing, bass, and guitar, while Geoff provides very neat keyboard parts and some additional vocals. The lyrics tend to be funny, interesting, and clever. I liked this album to begin with, and grew to like it even better with additional listenings. It's beautiful, really.