- May 26, 2018
I never knew he was on that show. I have a friend who worked on it and another friend in the RTE archive. Might see if they can dig it out.I'm amazed how long little memories can lurk forgotten in the back of ones brain but for some reason watching this brought back to me a flashback of Dave Heffernan interviewing Thomas Dolby on "Anything Goes" thirty five or so years ago.
If he was sending messages into space via the medium of synth sounds he must have been communicating with EnoThough I started out as strictly acoustic with my choice of instruments as a youth, I always kept one close ear on the synthesized music coming out of the UK at the time. I kept thinking that if these acoustic instruments could be rewired and used as triggers for other sounds, then the musical world could be your oyster.
This dude, Thomas Dolby, managed to do it before anybody else though. His methods were amazing to my ears and even now you can strip any of his heavily synthesized pieces back to the basics of their acoustic form and they still sound amazing and use some very original/unusual methods of arrangement. Lyrically, he was edgy and uncompromizing, and the subject matter was usually quite obscure references to wind power, signals from outer space, missiles disappearing, and other Cold War related ideas.
But most of all: he could laugh at himself and the music business in general.
Quite a maverick for the times, and the songs have lasted well - not to mention the lyrics.
Thomas Dolby: 'Dissidents' (The Flat Earth - 1984)