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Golden Age of Wireless
     

The Golden Age of Wireless

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by Thomas Dolby
 

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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 (

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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 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."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0077774600927
catalogNumber:
460097
Rank:
12860

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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
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
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
Chappell   Contributor
Tim Friese-Greene   Producer
Tim Hunt   Engineer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Michael Hedges   Engineer
John Marsh   Contributor

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