The Golden Age of Wireless

The Golden Age of Wireless

by Thomas Dolby
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The Golden Age of Wireless

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 5099926791524
catalogNumber: 2679152
Rank: 64437


Disc 1

  1. Flying North
  2. Commercial Breakup
  3. Weightless
  4. Europa and the Pirate Twins
  5. Windpower
  6. The Wreck of the Fairchild
  7. Airwaves
  8. Radio Silence
  9. Cloudburst at Shingle Street
  10. One of Our Submarines
  11. She Blinded Me with Science
  12. Radio Silence
  13. Urges
  14. Leipzig
  15. Urban Tribal
  16. Therapy/Growth
  17. Airwaves
  18. Sale of the Century
  19. Pedestrian Walkway

Disc 2

  1. Europa and the Pirate Twins
  2. Windpower
  3. One of Our Submarines
  4. Radio Silence
  5. New Toy
  6. Urban Tribal
  7. Flying North
  8. Jungle Line
  9. Puppet Theatre
  10. Samson & Delilah
  11. She Blinded Me with Science
  12. Airwaves

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
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,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
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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