An opera singer in a sewer

In the JG Ballard short story, “The Sound-Sweep”, a deaf-and-dumb character goes around vacuuming up stray music in a world that has none. While doing so, he comes across an opera singer hiding in a sewer. Which New Wave song did this inspire?

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Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.

Question by Amit Varma