Post by nickheynes on Nov 10, 2014 13:20:52 GMT
Ok folks for you listening pleasure I would like to present
Thomas Dolby’s "Astronauts and Heretics".
I first got into TMDR when I heard “Windpower” from his first album “The Golden Age of Wireless” at that time I was interested in OMD Human league and of course, Kraftwerk . I was also impressed at his being cool while also geeky as I was a speccy four eyed geek who was anything but cool!
He is best remembered for 2 hits “She blinded me with Science” and “Hyperactive” (which was originally written for Michael Jackson)
Anyway he released 2 more albums “ The Flat Earth” and “ Aliens ate my Buick” collaborated with George Clinton and Whodini, played in Bowie’s band at Live Aid plus a load more stuff before releasing Astronauts./
For me this was quite a departure for him it and it took more than a few listens to appreciate the album. Where many performers would repeat what they have done previously, this work sounds and feels a lot more organic than his previous recordings and some recording was done in out of the way places. Dolby seemed to take a bit of a step away from technology (Although he did have a tech co called Beatnik which was responsible for the polyphonic Nokia theme we all love!) I particularly like the Zydeco/Cajun Techno influenced songs and the humour in Silk Pyjama’s is right up my alley. Eddie van Halen plays on “close but no cigar” and there are a number of other guests throughout.
Also listen to his work with Lene Loveitch and Foreigner (Sessions and touring with them bankrolled his first album and enabled him to invest in a Fairlight)
Incidentally there is an ELO connection in that Bill Botrill co-produced the Album.
I'm sorry I'm not techy enough to do a link but if you copy and paste the below you should find it ok.
Hope you enjoy it!