She Blinded Me With Science
In the 80s, it seems, there were songs about pretty much everything. Sure, you had the standard themes of being in love, falling in love, and occasionally the melancholy ballad about falling out of love… and then there was that song about two scientists who are dancing close together with the sweet smell of chemicals wafting through the air.
Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science” was an instant hit in 1982, climbing all the way up to #5 on the Billboard charts, and it has since endured as one of the all-time classic one-hit wonders.
Dolby, born Thomas Morgan Robertson, was one of the pioneers of the synthesizer, and he had a field day showing off his toys in “Science”. The song is full of synth loops, riffs, and samples, including sound clips from Dr. Magnus Pyke (the old guy who keeps shouting “Science!”).
But if the song is odd, then the video is just downright bizarre (Yeah, we know… welcome to the 80s, right?) “Dr.” Dolby arrives at the Home for Deranged Scientists only to find himself surrounded by a bunch of whacked-out old men (plus that guy with the jet pack up on the roof), and then he has a dream where he’s “playing” a woman who’s dressed to look like a cello.
Hey we never said that much of anything in the 80s made sense, but it sure was fun, huh? Can you imagine anyone today making a song quite like “She Blinded Me With Science”? Us neither.
And the best news is that our man Thomas is still plugging away. In fact, he’s got a new album scheduled to be released later in 2010, featuring Mark Knopfler and Regina Spektor, among others.
We ♥ She Blinded Me With Science.