Maybe Radio Needs to Kill the Video Star

Music videos. I love them, you love them, they are a beloved medium! But now more than ever I find myself shying away from the visuals of music on YouTube in favor of listening-only parties on Pandora. Most music can (and should) stand on its own two legs without help from a perky/crazy/troublesome video. I explore this notion in this post I wrote for Geek Force Network. (Special thanks to the wonderful duo of Sam and DJ Wonderdog of the I Hate Vegetables podcast for mentioning this article in Episode #003: Mayor Gargamel. So awesome!)

Geek Force Network

When the Buggles released their now classic and prescient hit Video Killed the Radio Star in 1979, MTV wasn’t even born yet. But once the channel hit the airwaves in the early 1980s, Radio Star, though it was about the infiltration of technology into life generally, became the anthem for a generation left behind — a generation that grew up on the real sounds and sights of music rather than those contrived by wacky studios and artists. But MTV brought music to the masses in a whole new way. No longer did people have to line up outside a club or stadium to actually see their favorite artists; they could do so freely from the comfort of their homes. Sometimes those musicians appeared in strange costumes and make-up, in visually weird situations that made no sense, or in the simplest of atmospheres. But however they were shown, they were…

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  1. Hey, Cary! I don’t know if you’d be interested, but there is a fan project for making a sequel for Banjo Tooie going on right now. It’s called Project Imagination. But in order for the project to succeed, it needs some volunteers. The list of what the project needs can be found here:

    If you don’t want to help with anything listed on that post, then the next best way to help is by getting the word out.The more people that now about it, the more likely the project will get volunteers. Of course, if you don’t want to help, that’s fine too. No one has to do something that they don’t want to!


    1. Oh wow! This is sooooo cool!! I will absolutely spread the word. Game design is not my thing, but I look forward to seeing this progress into something great. I love Banjo and Kazooie and would love nothing more than to see them in another game!


      1. Thanks! I don’t really do any game designing either, yet. So, like you, one of the ways I’ve been helping is by spreading the word. I’m also making a list of confirmed helpers on my blog. Thanks again!


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