Thomas Dolby, real name Thomas Robertson, is an English artist whose stage name is actually a nickname given by his pals. A nickname that would refer to the principle of sound reduction used in particular for audio recordings. A nickname that also helped to avoid confusion with Tom Robinson, also a singer. But that will cause him a problem when the Dolby Laboratories sue him for misuse of this name. He won a lawsuit, allowing him to keep this surname.
His first single "Europa and the pirate twins" came out in 1981 and for a first try, it was rather successful. The title made a real worldwide hit and launched the artist's career, one could not better. A title taken from the album "The golden age of wireless" which was released in 1982.
Album which talks about radio technology, aircraft and submarines (!) and which will produce two other major titles which are "Radio silence" but also, and above all, the enormous "She blinded with science". Flagship title which remains to this day the biggest success of all the singer's discography. For a first album, it's a real master stroke !
At the same time, he is setting up what he calls the "Dolby's cube", a collaborative project with other artists and much more dance-oriented than his own creations. A first single "Get out of my mix" was released in 1983 and another "May the cube be with you" was released in 1985. Experiments with mixed success.
The year 1984 saw the release of the album "The flat earth", album which subtly mixes influences of jazzy, World music and electronic sounds. This is a new global success, notably thanks to the single "Hyperactive !". But as paradoxical as it may seem, it will be - already - his last notorious hit. Always taken from the same album, two other singles will be released, namely “I scare myself” and “Dissidents”. But that won't have the same level of success at all.
Small air gap for 4 years on the solo side. On the other hand, he multiplies the partnerships running 1986/1987 with artists like Cherry Bomb, Timothy Spall and other Ryuichi Sakamoto.
So we had to wait for the year 1988 to see the release of his new album "Aliens ate my Buick". An album much more dance-oriented than its predecessor and which will experience great success both across the Channel and across the Atlantic. “Airhead” will be the main extract.
New hole at the turn of the decade and returned in 1992 with the album "Astronauts & heretics". The success of the album will be limited this time to the Old Continent. Despite the success of the single "Close but no cigar", the artist's decline is underway and irreversible. The 1990s saw him gradually disappear from radar like many colleagues...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Europa and the pirate twins 1981
Radio silence 1982
She blinded me with science 1982
One of our submarines 1982
I scare myself 1984
May the cube be with you 1985
Field work 1986
Hot sauce 1989
Close but no cigar 1992
I love you goodbye 1992
1981 ... first year on the circuit and first global success, just that. This is called starting with a bang. HU-GE !
1982 .... a look to say the least funny, a unique sound of its kind, in short, we are dealing with the alien of the first choice. Superior quality guaranteed !
1982 ... which will undoubtedly remain as one of his most emblematic titles. The artist's talent grows irreparably in power over the months and years and produces more and more elusive titles
1982 ... an absolutely exceptional year 1982 with this new title which will go down in history as the best ranked of all his discography. The artist becomes one of the biggest phenomena of the moment across the Channel, but also global. MAS-TER-FUL !
1982 ... a year 1982 which never ends and which sees scrolling an incredible number of extraordinary titles. Admittedly, this one will be the least well classified of all but when one sees the quality, one is largely satisfied with it !
1984 ... after a one-year parenthesis with his concept group Dolby's Cube, he's back in dazzling form. Race results : new planetary top hit !
1984 ... a paradoxical year 1984 with titles tailored for the general public and others intended for a much smaller audience. This title would rather be part of the 2nd category ...
1984 ... there is really everything in this year 1984. Frankly inspired, quirky Intimist and trendy strikethrough. I'll let you guess what category this song belongs to ...
1985 ... after several years of numerous releases, this year 1985 will be a single title. A slowdown in production which also rhymes with a decline in inspiration. It will take some getting used to ...
1986 ... when 2 sizes, and especially 2 original of the moment come together, we can imagine that the result cannot be trivial. The proof !
1988 ... the last notorious hit. It does not mean that the adventure is quite over but we are getting closer. Slowly but surely...
1989 ... the artist clings and really puts good will to the work. But goodwill is not always enough ...
1992 ... he will still have passed the course of the following decade. And we find him transformed, in a musical register that was not at all his until then. This allows him to temporarily return to success
1992 ... a year 1992 which allows the artist to end the adventure in style thanks to several pieces of certain quality. The circle is now closed ...
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