Henry, presumably when you say VCR, you mean VHS (as in the main format used in the 80s, 90s and beyond). VCR was actually an earlier unsuccessful format by Philips (before Video 2000!), long before this Buggles song. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_Cassette_Recording
Obviously without being too pedantic, VCR became a standard description for any Video Cassette Recorder but VTR was and is still used (eg Sony always used VTR).
Yes That would be the Video 2000. There Tapes were twice the size of a VHS Tapes. They were around at the same time as Beta. As they Lost out to Beta and Beta lost out to VCR's. So In 1979 It could only be VTR. Or HVTR (Home Video Tape Recording) as it was known. H.
I saw a Betamax VCR and some tapes at an electronics and stereo equipment shop in Newcastle(Australia) way back in 1972, but it was only on display and colour TV was still three years away back then. You should've seen some of the earlier VCR machines! Massive, humungous beasts, they were! And the cassettes they used made the VHS cassettes look like matchboxes when put next to them. U-matic, I think they were, grand-daddy to the Beta format!, Hey R.C.! Wanna chat further on this? PM me or on e-mail(I've given you my e-mail address in a recent PM I sent you. Quite happy for you to use it, we won't be restricted by numbers of characters we can type).
Curious there! I always thought it was "put the blame on VCR" but on listening to the clip, and seeing the lyrics in English above the Spanish translation(I believe it to be Spanish), they sing "put the blame on VTR" - Video Tape Recorder rather than Video Cassette Recorder.
I wish to state categorically that I vehemently DISAGREE with the sentiments expressed in the title of this song.... Video DID NOT kill the radio star! He/she is alive and thriving on community stations across Australia and wherever community radio exists... So there!!!(blow raspberry and laugh loudly). That oughta tell 'em. Ya reckon, R.C.?
By the way, Polygram issued the complete 4-odd minute version on a 3-CD box set called "Retro Hits Of The 70s" back around the mid-1990s or so.
on this day 5th of December 1979 Video Killed The Radio Star made its debut on the NSW Top Forty charts it was number one for six weeks and stayed on the charts for eighteen weeks it was the last number one for 1979 and for the 1970's
on this day 14th of November 1979 this song entered the New South Wales local top 40 it debut at number 20 and reached number one and occupied at the top for six weeks and stay charts for eighteen weeks it was the last number one song of 1979 and the last for the seventies