went to Leeds School of Music. Upon moving to London, he met
. Working together on commercial jingles, they formed the group
. They recorded their first album and released it in 1979, sparking a hit with the song "Video Killed the Radio Star." The video for that piece has the particular distinction of having been the first video played on MTV, a fact that has certainly earned
at least one spot in the annals of musical history.
Next up for Downes
was a particularly unusual twist of fate. When Jon Anderson
and Rick Wakeman
left progressive rock stalwart Yes
, Brian Tate, who managed both bands, contacted the Buggles
to see about bringing them in as the replacements. The two groups hit it off and Downes
became the newest members in the perpetually changing lineup called Yes
. The group released the Drama
album with this lineup, and went out on tour. However, musical times were changing and older fans were not so willing to accept a Yes
without Anderson, so the group broke up.
Like a phoenix rising from the ash, Steve Howe
and Geoff Downes
hooked up with Carl Palmer
and John Wetton
to form Asia
. Their first album planted them firmly on the musical map, netting them a couple of hits and a best-selling tour. As lineup changes much like those that haunted Yes
began to strike Asia
was the only constant in a sea of change. He has done some solo work and another Buggles
album, but Asia
remains his primary focus.