The Golden Age Of Wireless

Label
EMI UK
Release date
13 Jul 2009
Running length
19 tracks
Running time
76:32

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Flying North (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:50 197
2 Commercial Breakup (2009 Digital Remaster) 4:17 152
3 Weightless (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:48 160
4 Europa And The Pirate Twins (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:18 340
5 Windpower (2009 Digital Remaster) 4:19 173
6 The Wreck Of The Fairchild (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:29 145
7 Airwaves (2009 Digital Remaster) 5:18 172
8 Radio Silence (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:50 188
9 Cloudburst At Shingle Street (2009 Digital Remaster) 5:45 135
10 One Of Our Submarines (2009 Digital Remaster) 5:10 227
11 She Blinded Me With Science (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:41 395
12 Radio Silence (Guitar Version) (2009 Digital Remaster) 4:51 103
13 Urges (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:38 156
14 Leipzig (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:52 151
15 Urban Tribal (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:44 102
16 Therapy / Growth (Demo) (2009 Digital Remaster) 4:04 59
17 Airwaves (Demo) (2009 Digital Remaster) 5:19 73
18 Sale Of The Century (Demo) (2009 Digital Remaster) 2:52 72
19 Pedestrian Walkway (Demo) (2009 Digital Remaster) 1:27 78

About this album

Talk to anyone who was the right age in the early ’80s for both pop radio and the dawn of MTV, and “She Blinded Me with Science” will inevitably come up. The most famous song from the reissued version of the album, it’s a defiantly quirky, strange number that mixes its pop hooks with unusual keyboard melodies pitched very low and a recurrent spoken word interjection (“Science!”) from guest vocalist/video star Magnus Pike. To Thomas Dolby’s credit, the rest of the album isn’t simply that song over and over again, making The Golden Age of Wireless an intriguing and often very entertaining curio from the glory days of synth pop. Part of the album’s overall appeal is the range of participating musicians, no doubt thanks in part to Dolby’s own considerable range of musical work elsewhere. “She Blinded Me with Science” itself features Kevin Armstrong on guitar, Matthew Seligman on bass, mega-producer Robert “Mutt” Lange on backing vocals, and co-production with Tim Friese-Greene. Elsewhere, Andy Partridge contributes harmonica, Mute Records founding genius Daniel Miller adds keyboards, and Lene Lovich adds some vocals of her own. The overall result is still first and foremost Dolby’s, with echoes of David Bowie’s and Bryan Ferry’s elegantly wasted late-’70s personas setting the stage. If anything, The Golden Age of Wireless is the friendlier, peppier flip side of fellow Bowie obsessive Gary Numan’s work, where the melancholy is gentle instead of harrowing. Dolby’s melodies are sprightly without being annoyingly perky, his singing warm, and his overall performance a pleasant gem. Especially fine numbers include the amusing romp “Europa and the Pirate Twins” and the nostalgia-touched, just mysterious enough “One of Our Submarines.

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  • Antonionii

    Masterpiece, took me quite a long time to ''get'' it but now I think it's one of the best of the era.

    26 May 7:37pm Reply
  • MackSpane

    Absolutely MASTERFUL album... It's one of the very few performances where the music is all electronic but I like it anyway.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • erickleptone

    They did indeed use different versions on some releases (US/UK) - Thomas has just remastered a deluxe edition which should be out soon and will fill the gaps and more (thanks TD!) - In the meantime, this will do nicely - a great, great album :)

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • dasNeonlicht

    I really neglect this album too often. It is a piece of synthpop perfection. Brilliant songs.

    5 May 2008 Reply
  • genkiman-ca

    I am not so keen on the CD version, I prefer the vinyl. It seems they remixed or used different takes of some of the tracks, i.e. Radio Silence as a good example. This motivated me to start digitizing my vinyl albums.

    8 Mar 2008 Reply
  • SuicidalRed

    Took me too long to replace my Golden Age of Wireless on vinyl with CD. Cracking album

    19 Dec 2006 Reply

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