The Golden Age of Wireless

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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...
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Editorial Reviews

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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 077774600927
  • Catalog Number: 460097
  • Sales rank: 39,242

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Dolby Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Lene Lovich Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert John Background Vocals
Akiko Yano Background Vocals
Kevin Armstrong Guitar, Trumpet, Vocals
Andy Partridge Harmonica
James Allen Background Vocals
David Birch Guitar
Les Chappell Vocals, Background Vocals
Judy Evans Background Vocals
Lesley Fairbairn Background Vocals
Justin Hildreth Drums, Multi Instruments
Simon House Violin
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Background Vocals
Simon Lloyd Flute, Multi Instruments, Brass
Daniel Miller Synthesizer
Matthew Seligman Moog Synthesizer, Moog Bass
Miriam Stockley Background Vocals
Bruce Woolley Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Heyward-Chaplin Bass, Bass Guitar
Dr. M. Pyke Voices, Voiceover
Akiko Yono Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Thomas Dolby Producer, drum programming, Wavestation
Lene Lovich Contributor
Akiko Yano Contributor
Andy Partridge Contributor
Bosco Contributor
Les Chappell Contributor
Tim Friese-Greene Producer
Tim Hunt Engineer
Chris Stone Engineer
Michael Hedges Engineer
John Marsh Contributor
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