Label: Island Records - 5201 290 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Portugal • Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Disco
It is a concept album about the possible repercussions of modern technology. The title was conceived from the group's intention of being a "plastic group" and the album was produced in the wake of the success of their debut record, " Video Killed the Radio Star "which topped the UK Singles Chart. Most of the album's other tracks were written during promotion of the single. Keyboardist Geoff Downes characterised the album as "science fiction music Mixing was completed before Christmas InPaste magazine ranked The Age of Plastic the 45th best new wave album of all time.
It was a big experience for both of us and after a couple of years of doing that, we had quite a few songs together It was at that stage that we decided to become artists. We felt that it was about time that somebody started making good, well-produced pop records again. We wanted to give people something more than they already had. The Buggles were signed to Island Recordswho gave Horn and Downes recording and publishing contracts, and started recording their upcoming first studio album in the first half of The vocals of the album were recorded at Sarm East to a click track using a Roland TR drum machine, and other various machines and boxes synced up the tracks.
If, for instance, something required an effect, whether it be tape delay or phasing or some big, delayed reverb, the art was to get that effect right and record it It all had to be done and then, as I said, it would influence the next process. He stated: "We'd make it as clean as we possibly could, bounce that down to two tracks Lose My Mind - Raw Geronimo - Dream Fever then we'd erase.
Unable to make the album sound like what was typical of other records released in the late s, as well as finding it boring, Kid Dynamo - Buggles* - The Age Of Plastic "figured that if I couldn't get records to sound like Elton Johnwhich I couldn't because I couldn't figure out how they did it, then whatever I could do, I'd better exaggerate it. So I had to pre-date that technology by finding my own ways of achieving certain sounds.
Some music reviewers have labeled The Age of Plastic as the first landmark of another electropop era. It's like modern psychedelic music. It's very futuristic. Downes and Krinein Magazine noted the tracks' instrumentations of guitars, bass guitar, drums, vocoded, robotic and female vocals, and synthesizers used to emulate orchestral instruments, Princeps Tenebrarum - Upwards Of Endtime - Beyond Infinity Kid Dynamo - Buggles* - The Age Of Plastic as compositional elements of a variety of complex builds.
We also used the occasional session guitarist to play various bits and there were three or four girl singers involved. Apart from that, we did everything ourselves. The Age of Plastic is a tragicomic  concept album with lyrical themes of intense nostalgia and anxiety about the possible effects of modern technology.
Lead single "Video Killed the Radio Star", released months earlier, was commercially successful, topping the record charts in 16 countries,  including the UK Singles Chart.
Among retrospective reviews, Jeri Montesano from AllMusic described it as "a fun record that doesn't need to be taken too seriously". He further said that "it would be difficult to find a record from this era that sounds half as good. Pop rarely reaches these heights. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction described the LP as "one of the best examples of the decade's characteristically disposable pop",  while Spin named it one of the "8 Essentials of Post-Kraftwerk Pop".
But a few Trevor Horns—people who use studio technology the way a curious and playful child uses a room full of fictile toys—are nice to have around. Less favourably, Joseph Stannard opined that The Age of Plastic "sounds like unfinished business, a series of good ideas in need of elaboration".
That bombastic electro-sound became [Trevor] Horn's trademark as a producer. Skip it. The new edition included 9 additional tracks, three of which were from the re-release album. A single and special DJ version of "Elstree" also appeared on the reissue of the album, as well as a 12" version of "Clean, Clean". On 28 SeptemberThe Buggles reunited to play their first full-length live concert. It was a fundraiser with all earnings going to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. The Buggles — producers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Age Zerbino - Pagliaccio - EroIronico Plastics.
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