"Into the Lens"
is a song originally written by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes of The Buggles
. It was first released as "Into the Lens"
on the Yes
in 1980, and the year after on Adventures in Modern Recording
, the second and last album of The Buggles. Both versions were also released as singles: "Into the Lens (I Am a Camera)" by Yes in 1980 and "I Am a Camera" in October 1981 by The Buggles (on Carrere Records
The first version of the song was a demo, recorded on a Sunday afternoon when songwriters Trevor Horn
and Geoff Downes
started working on a second The Buggles album in 1980. When they joined Yes, it gained input from other members Steve Howe
, Chris Squire
and Alan White
, and therefore, "Into the Lens" features a more distinctive "prog rock
" sound. When Horn and Downes resumed work on the Buggles album, the song was reworked as "I Am a Camera" - now with a tendency towards the characteristic synthpop
style of that group. Trevor Horn said about the two versions:
<blockquote>The song "I Am a Camera" was a Buggles track and we had adapted it into a Yes track. It became "Into the Lens" and, naturally, slightly more overblown. I don't mind "Into the Lens"—the melody's unadulterated while the arrangement's a lot more complicated—but I still prefer The Buggles version.... Read More