Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for "She Blinded Me With Science"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Oh man, "S" was tough, as there were a bunch of one-hit wonders to choose from. I decided to go with the 80s classic by Thomas Dolby. I think I was in the 3rd or 4th grade when this song came out in 1982. The song was a big hit here in the States, but I don't think it did much in his home country in the U.K.

The song is about a woman that confuses him by being overly complex. She probably rejected him and now he's trying to make sense of why she would do such a thing. It's enough to drive him crazy. I'm not really sure. But the sound is typical of the 80s synth pop New Wave sound that took America by storm.

What's fun about this song is how it samples some actual scientist yelling "Science!" In fact, if you yell it in a public place, a bunch of late 30 and early 40 year olds will know exactly what you're talking about.

Although "She Blinded Me With Science" remains Thomas Dolby's only big hit, he's stayed very active in the music industry. In addition to continuing to release albums, he has composed and performed music for movies, video games, and is even a professor of arts at John Hopkins.

A big myth surrounding Thomas Dolby is that he's the son of Dolby Laboratory's Dr. Ray Dolby (who invented that system behind your awesome surround sound home movie theater experience). He's not. Dr. Dolby actually does have a son by the same name, who is also an author.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

There were a few other songs, and I know he's done several soundtracks.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't even need to listen to this one - that 80s synth pop New Wave sound was in my head as soon as I saw the title. :)

Robin said...

I love this song! SCIENCE!

Pat Dilloway said...

That song is hilarious. I like the Bill Shatner cover of it too. Science!

kmckendry said...

I don't think I'd ever heard that one! SO funny. I love how he attempts to shake his hips in the middle of it! Really cool though how it all comes together.

Rusty Carl said...

I heard an interview with him recently on The Nerdist, he's done quite well for himself. If I recall correctly, he played synth on... I think it was a Foreigner album, even creating a very famous riff (for which he was uncredited). Really fascinating guy.

Tony Laplume said...

Dorky fun. Somehow not the theme to The Big Bang Theory...

farawayeyes said...

That's another one that got by me. Cute video.

ilima said...

Haha, I remember this one.

David P. King said...

That's the year I was born! I missed this one, but the Weird Science song found me eventually. :)

jaybird said...

You are so right, if I yell Science in a crowd someone is bound to know what I'm talking about. I can't think of this song and not laugh. It brings back so many memories.

Melanie Schulz said...

I love this one!

mooderino said...

So Hyperactive wasn't a hit over in the US? That's the one he's probably best known for over here.

Moody Writing

Sonia Lal said...

I never heard of this song before!

Colin Smith said...

I was a teen in the UK when this song came out, and I remember it well. The scientist you speak of was a well-known popular TV scientist-presenter named Magnus Pyke. He was infamous for flailing his long arms around whenever he described... anything, really! I couldn't tell you off-hand how well the song did in the UK charts, but I'm sure most Brits of my generation would at least know of it.

River Fairchild said...

Love this song! My daughter was 10, so I guess you're about the same age. I always picture the movie this played on with Kelly LeBrock. :)

Tammy Theriault said...

I can't say the title. it HAS to be sung!

Loni Townsend said...

I am among those who started singing as soon as I read the title. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely familiar with this song, and I had actually asked my wife the 80's expert if Thomas Dolby was the inventor of Dolby surround sound (she didn't know) So thanks for clearing that up!

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