Along with many other Brits I have a thing for the Shipping Forecast. I love that feeling of driving late at night with that strange mantra of shipping areas and weather warnings and feeling heartily glad that I'm not one of the poor sods in peril on the sea. Thomas Dolby must have knowingly tuned into this feeling when he put an excerpt of the Shipping Forecast read by John 'Boggy' Marsh at the end of Windpower.
Thomas Dolby- Windpower
was sold to 80's audiences as a 'Mad Professor' figure probably because
he played synths, was kind of clever and ...oh...he wore glasses! I
first became aware of him on a BBC 1 talent show fronted by David Essex,
obviously. His first album 'The Golden Age of Wireless' is full of
clever songs, he was a brilliant synth programmer but it never sounds
cold or technical like many albums of its era....in fact it sounds very
elemental. Is it just me or does 'One of our Submarines' nick the Six
Million Dollar Man theme tune?
Thomas Dolby- One of our Submarines
Dolby went on to produce Prefab Sprout producing strange and lovely
atmospheres for Paddy MacAloon's songs. His second album 'The Flat
Earth' has its moments but as is often the case, the first one is the
one to get.
Buy 'The Golden Age of Wireless' by Thomas Dolby
from the comments to the original post
stevedomino - "my fiancee's response to marc-o's latest post:
"thomas dolby?? that's not a name i thought i'd hear again..."
too sure about that, 'windpower' was a track i really liked at the time
(which album has "hyperactive"?? did magnus pike appear in the video?)
marc-o. have you bought any albums since "max headroom" was cancelled?!
coming next: howard jones' 'the 12" album'!!!"