Bruce Woolley was in the Buggles but left before they had any hits. As he wrote the song with the remaining buggles they agreed they would both record it. The Woolley version is very different to this.
Also, this is a different version of Kid Dynamo to the album track. An adult does the talking over the middle 8 on the album, but a boy does it here.
Not sure if i'm imagining this but i once heard that 1970's "popette" saint Tina of Charles put up the money for our bespectacled hero and side-kick to record this ditty...they,apparently, having been her backing musicians on such butt shakers as Dance Little Lady,Dr Love et al!. Apart from the four singles the album was,well,disappointing...although this track appears with an extra ten seconds of synth melody right at the end.You might not think that worth commenting on but when i play this on my long walks through the English countryside during hot summer afternoons the effect on my emotions is so amazing...it makes you glad to be alive on such days.Try for yourself..but make sure you have that longer version!.
Japan's "Music Labo" singles chart of 10 march 1980 published in Billboard on 15 march 1980 under HITS OF THE WORLD shows Buggles entering at #20 on Island entitled "RADIO STAR NO KIGERI" - sounds like a Japanese language version to me - can a 45catter from Japan shed light perhaps?
The reason it's considered an 80s record is probably because it didn't do well as a single when it first came out in 1979 and not that many people remember it that first time around . When MTV ran it that first time, it wasn't even on active release, but since it WAS the first video played on MTV , and it was in the 80s, it's considered an 80s record
I remember it from my childhood and although I was born in 1979, i obviously don't remember that far back so it must have been big in the early 80s. Also, now it often gets put on 80s set soundtracks (eg The Wedding Singer, GTA Vice City etc) and played at 80s nights... at the other end of the 80s, you get The Stone Roses etc that most people think of as the 90s...