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She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

The Golden Age of Wireless by Thomas Dolby features She Blinded me with Science, a 1983 one-hit wonder“She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby is one of the greatest synthpop one-hit wonders of all time.

I’ll proudly place it in the same leagues as “Cars” by Gary Numan from 1979.

Or “Pop Muzik” by M from 1979.

Or “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles from 1979.

Or “Whip It” by Devo from 1980.

Or “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell from 1982.

Or “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo from 1983.

Or “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood from 1985.

Or “Perfect Way” by Scritti Politti also from 1985.

That seven-year stretch of new wave synthpop filled the airwaves with great sounds from bands like Berlin, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manouevers in the Dark (OMD). All of these cats hit the Billboard charts many times and don’t qualify as one-hit wonders.

Click to hear more synthpop one-hit wonders

In my opinion, Thomas Dolby belongs in that company vs. a one-hit wonder list. If you listened to modern rock or alternative stations in the early and mid-1980s, you heard lots of Thomas Dolby on the radio. Songs like “One of Our Submarines” and “Hyperactive” were staples on my local college radio station.

But “She Blinded Me with Science” was Dolby’s biggest and only Top 40 hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1983 and makes Thomas Dolby a one-hit wonder.

So there you have it.

I recommend his record, The Golden Age of Wireless that features “She Blinded Me with Science.” In fact, I recommend just about everything Thomas Dolby ever touched—and there is plenty to go around when you consider he has worked with Trevor Horn, Thompson Twins, Peter Gabriel, Def Lepard, David Bowie and was also a founding member of Bruce Wooley and The Camera Club that eventually evolved into The Buggles and Video Killed the Radio Star.

“She Blinded Me with Science” was in heavy MTV rotation for months. Few kids who were in junior high, high school or college in the early 1980s missed the video. And my bet is that most of them have a nostalgic affinity for this quirky pop song that put Dolby on the pop cultural map, way back in 1983, one of the greatest years for music and the year new wave truly broke through into the mainstream.

Click to read about 1983 and a complete list of 1983 one-hit wonders

Listen to She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby

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6 Responses to "She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby"

  1. hm insulators says:

    That’s Thomas Dolby playing all the synthesizers on Foreigner’s giant hit “Waiting for a Girl Like You.”

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    Dolby did a surprising amount of studio work in addition to his solo albums. He was also a founding member/contributor to Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club. You probably don’t remember them but I’m sure you remember the song Woolley wrote with Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn: Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.
    Michael

    Here is the Bruce Woolley version (although not the album version…I think this is a single or even a re-recording since it’s different than the version I have on original cassette tape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tuDZmJa5QY

  3. John Weriuk says:

    I recently heard She Blinded Me with Science while driving in the car with my son (14). He’s not very into music, but even he could tell how different She Blinded Me with Science sounds, even today, some 30 years later. That is an accomplishment!

  4. Michael Waterman says:

    True, John. A great song from a great era when “alternative” sounds really were alternative. Glad your son could appreciate the sounds and Dolby’s talent.
    Michael

  5. Heather says:

    How can you refer to Dolby as a “one hit wonder?” He has had MANY hits!! As did the Cars. I think you don’t understand quite what the term means…

  6. Michael Waterman says:

    Heather,

    Thanks for your comment. As the article reads, Thomas Dolby reached the Billboard Top 40 only one time in his long career. By the standards of Top One-Hit Wonders, that qualifies Dolby as a one-hit wonder. I’m referring to Cars by Gary Numan and not the band, Cars. Numan is a one-hit wonder; Cars are not.

    Cheers!
    Michael

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