Living on Video


About Living on Video

"Living on Video" is a song by Canadian synthpop band Trans-X written and published in 1982, but not released as a single until May 1983 by Polydor Records, and re-released in 1984. It became a massive hit worldwide, as well as peaking at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100. Trans-X also recorded a French-language version under the title "Vivre sur Vidéo". The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years.


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Give me light
Give me action
At the touch of a button
Flying through hyper-space
In a computer interface
Stop living on video
Stop integrated circuits
Stop sur un faisceau de lumière
Stop is this reality?

Traveling in a light beam
Laser rays and purple skies
In a computer fairyland
It is a dream you bring to life
Stop living on video
Stop integrated circuits
Stop sur un faisceau de lumière
Stop is this reality?

Living on video
Sur un faisceau de lumière

I see your glitterring blue eyes
You look at me with a smile
It's a computer fantasy
It is waiting for you and me
Living, living on video
Living, living on video

Living, living on video
Video, video, video 

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Trans-X is a Canadian 1980s synth band formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They are known for their hit song "Living on Video" which charted world wide. more »

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Written by: Pascal Languirand

Lyrics © COHEN AND COHEN, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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12 facts about this song

Release Date
"Living on Video" was initially released in 1983 by the Canadian synth-pop group Trans-X.
Band Formation
Trans-X was formed by Pascal Languirand in Montreal, Quebec in 1981.
High Chart Performance
The song became a hit and reached number 9 on the Canadian Singles Chart and number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.
Enhanced Success
The song achieved even greater success in the international market, peaking at number 1 on the Billboard Dance chart in the same year, 1983.
It was re-released in 1985 and achieved similar success, reaching number nine in the remains 20 of the top popular songs.
Multiple Versions
Trans-X has recorded this song in many different languages over the years, including English, French, Spanish, and Russian.
Go-to Anthem
The song has become a go-to anthem for the Hi-NRG genre, which is a genre of uptempo disco or electronic dance music.
Popular in Dance Clubs
During its peak, "Living on Video" was played largely in dance clubs, and it has a strong association with the 1980s dance scene.
Trans-X only Hit
Despite having a successful career spanning over 30 years, Trans-X is largely regarded as a one-hit-wonder because of the success of "Living on Video".
Featured in Various Compilations
"Living on Video" has been included in various dance music compilations, emphasizing its impact in the world of electronic music.
Remixes and Renditions
There have been various remixes and renditions of the song by various artists around the world due to its widespread popularity.
Distinctive Beat
The song is known for its distinctive beat and electronic sound, typical of the synth-pop genre it belongs to.

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