Sunday, July 26th, 2009
8:32 pm - God Bless the Internet...  
...for once again showing me something that I did not know.

This time it's that the lead singer of the Buggles was Trevor Horn, who later produced most of the BritPop that showed up on MTV in the eighties. Fitting for the man whose "Video Killed the Radio Star" launched MTV in the first place. I found this out only after stumbling across a video on Youtube of a Prince's Trust concert honoring him.

Now, I'd heard of Trevor Horn plenty of times, but until I saw the video, I had no idea he was the guy with the funny glasses. A quick check of wikipedia also adds something else I never knew. After achieving fame with VKtRS, the Buggles merged with Yes, with Horn taking over for Jon Anderson and Geoff Downe replacing Rick Wakeman. When Anderson returned to the band, Horn became the producer. Huh.

And now I remember where the last place I saw his name was. He produced Dear Catastrophe Waitress for Belle & Sebastian.
 
 
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hackerguitarhackerguitar on July 27th, 2009 - 09:32 pm
He was also part of Yes during their lowest period, the Drama album. I don't dislike it but it's a weak band - Horn's voice is no Jon Anderson, and his bass playing is completely eclipsed by Chris Squire.

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DXMachinadxmachina on July 27th, 2009 - 11:13 pm
Oh, yeah, I totally agree. I think that was part of what I found so stunning, because although his voice is similar to Anderson, in no way does he have Anderson's range. And Downes is no Wakeman.
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hackerguitarhackerguitar on July 27th, 2009 - 11:17 pm
I remember the quasi-hit from that album well - Tempus Fugit. Musically it was a lot easier than earlier yes - even Steve Howe's parts are (generally) simplified.

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