One METROLIVINGZINE.COM staffer reminisces about the aerobics fitness craze of the early 1980s.

Sometimes – fact is indeed stranger than fiction. On September 7, 1979, the Buggles released the album titled The Age of Plastic with the hit song Video Killed the Radio Star. That same year I was in preschool about to enter kindergarten. I went to an experimental elementary school in the district of North Vancouver in BC called Blueridge Elementary School.

Blueridge Elementary School was experimental in that they had done away with traditional classrooms. All of the students in grades K-5 worked in a massive room separated only by flimsy partitions.

Every day, or so it seemed. Mr. C would drag a large table into the middle of the giant room where all of the students in grade K-5 worked and set up a boom box. Mr. C. wound hop onto the top of the table and commence aerobic exercises and all of the kids would happily follow along in unison.

Mr. C would have all of the greatest late 1970’s-1980’s pop and disco hits blaring from the boom box as he led us in our daily aerobic exercises. I will always fondly remember Mr. C as one of the best teachers I ever had. I am grateful for his kind efforts back then to boost my self-confidence as I was the daily target of schoolyard bullies. 

YouTube Video: Video Killed the Radio Star

About the Song Video Killed the Radio Star