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Talk to anyone who was the right age in the early '80s for both pop radio and the dawn of MTV, and "She Blinded Me with Science" will inevitably come up. The most famous song from the reissued version of the album, it's a defiantly quirky, strange number that mixes its pop hooks with unusual keyboard melodies pitched very low and a recurrent spoken word interjection ("Science!") from guest vocalist/video star Magnus Pike. To Thomas Dolby's credit, the rest of the album isn't simply that song over and over again, making The Golden Age of Wireless an intriguing and often very entertaining curio from the glory days of synth pop. Part of the album's overall appeal is the range ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Talk to anyone who was the right age in the early '80s for both pop radio and the dawn of MTV, and "She Blinded Me with Science" will inevitably come up. The most famous song from the reissued version of the album, it's a defiantly quirky, strange number that mixes its pop hooks with unusual keyboard melodies pitched very low and a recurrent spoken word interjection ("Science!") from guest vocalist/video star Magnus Pike. To Thomas Dolby's credit, the rest of the album isn't simply that song over and over again, making The Golden Age of Wireless an intriguing and often very entertaining curio from the glory days of synth pop. Part of the album's overall appeal is the range of participating musicians, no doubt thanks in part to Dolby's own considerable range of musical work elsewhere. "She Blinded Me with Science" itself features Kevin Armstrong on guitar, Matthew Seligman on bass, mega-producer Robert "Mutt" Lange on backing vocals, and co-production with Tim Friese-Greene. Elsewhere, Andy Partridge contributes harmonica, Mute Records founding genius Daniel Miller adds keyboards, and Lene Lovich adds some vocals of her own. The overall result is still first and foremost Dolby's, with echoes of David Bowie's and Bryan Ferry's elegantly wasted late-'70s personas setting the stage. If anything, The Golden Age of Wireless is the friendlier, peppier flip side of fellow Bowie obsessive Gary Numan's work, where the melancholy is gentle instead of harrowing. Dolby's melodies are sprightly without being annoyingly perky, his singing warm, and his overall performance a pleasant gem. Especially fine numbers include the amusing romp "Europa and the Pirate Twins" and the nostalgia-touched, just mysterious enough "One of Our Submarines." [This edition of The Golden Age of Wireless contains bonus demos and a DVD of live performances.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099926791524
  • Catalog Number: 2679152

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flying North (3:50)
  2. 2 Commercial Breakup (4:18)
  3. 3 Weightless (3:49)
  4. 4 Europa and the Pirate Twins (3:19)
  5. 5 Windpower (4:20)
  6. 6 The Wreck of the Fairchild (3:29)
  7. 7 Airwaves (5:19)
  8. 8 Radio Silence (3:51)
  9. 9 Cloudburst at Shingle Street (5:46)
  10. 10 One of Our Submarines (5:11)
  11. 11 She Blinded Me with Science (3:42)
  12. 12 Radio Silence (4:52)
  13. 13 Urges (3:39)
  14. 14 Leipzig (3:53)
  15. 15 Urban Tribal (3:45)
  16. 16 Therapy/Growth (4:05)
  17. 17 Airwaves (5:20)
  18. 18 Sale of the Century (2:52)
  19. 19 Pedestrian Walkway (1:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Europa and the Pirate Twins
  2. 2 Windpower
  3. 3 One of Our Submarines
  4. 4 Radio Silence
  5. 5 New Toy
  6. 6 Urban Tribal
  7. 7 Flying North
  8. 8 Jungle Line
  9. 9 Puppet Theatre
  10. 10 Samson & Delilah
  11. 11 She Blinded Me with Science
  12. 12 Airwaves
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Dolby Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba, electronic percussion
Lene Lovich Vocals, Background Vocals
Akiko Yano Background Vocals
Kevin Armstrong Guitar
Andy Partridge Harmonica
James Allen Background Vocals
Les Chappell Vocals, Background Vocals
Judy Evans Background Vocals
Lesley Fairbairn Background Vocals
Justin Hildreth Drums
Simon Lloyd Flute
Daniel Miller Synthesizer
Bruce Woolley Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Mark Heyward-Chaplin Bass Guitar
Guido Orlando Voices
Technical Credits
Thomas Dolby Composer, Producer, Contributor, drum programming, Mastering, Wavestation, Annotation
Andy Partridge Producer
Chris Birkett Engineer
Wally Brill Engineer
Lesley Fairbairn Personal Assistant
Tim Friese-Greene Producer
Tim Hunt Engineer
Martin Levan Engineer
Peter Mew Mastering
Chris Stone Engineer
Peter Woolliscroft Engineer
Mike Hedges Engineer
Barry Kingston Engineer
Scott Minshall Reissue Layout
Paula Flack Marketing
John Marsh Contributor
Annie Horwood Label Design
Guido Orlando translation
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