Speaking of Thomas Dolby, his solo work gets a really bad rap, mainly because of the dated, cliched “She Blinded Me With Science!” and “Hyperactive”- his only major US singles. Granted, his lyrics aren’t exactly deep thought, but they’re more trenchant than they seem, and this compilation, which pulls tracks from throughout Dolby’s 80s career, is almost as much substance as it is slick, smart 80s style. I’m loving the Ford & Lopatin fusion vibes of “Mulu The Rain Forest” and the Paisley Park funk of “Airhead”. Highly recommended.
This is my first adventure with the Spotify/Tumblr Embed feature, and it’s also my first adventure cross-posting to Facebook, so welcome, new Facebook readers!
Anyways, this is one of my favorite recent playlists, and I’ve spent a long time on it, and almost no one seems to have seen it and dang it I AM PROUD OF YOU LITTLE PLAYLIST
…uh, it’s all sophisti-pop, which is most of what I’ve been listening to lately: basically the kind of stuff that grew out of the “Avalon”-era Roxy Music sound, but with some real songwriting talent. The genre “peaked” around 1985, I suppose, but so many of these great songwriters wrote at such a slow pace that they were writing great music over a span of twenty years or so. I especially recommend Prefab Sprout (the project of Paddy McAloon, who is perhaps the greatest under-appreciated songwriter of the 1980s) and The Blue Nile (of whom lead singer Paul Buchanan gives Paddy McAloon a serious run for his money). The Joni Mitchell track may seem out of place, but it was produced by Thomas Dolby and is VERY much of the same sound. Enjoy!