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History in a song: The fate of Thomas Dolby's uncle in 'One of Our Submarines'



Another week at the grocery store, another trip down Memory Lane, er ... the Memory Aisle. Last week I was surprised when Bronski Beat showed up as the background store music and a week later, I had the pleasure of hearing Thomas Dolby’s One Of Our Submarines.

In fairness, One Of Our Submarines has been covered on the blog before when Steve featured it in July of 2011 as part of the predecessor of Lost and Found – the Sunday Earworm. But a song this interesting deserves a reboot since even finicky SIT80’s fans like it (Hello, Gary in Gilroy!).

The video for One Of Our Submarines is a different one than Steve featured, but still captures Dolby in his ‘80s prime. The 1982 song off his landmark The Golden Age of Wireless album and was inspired by Dolby’s Uncle Steven, who died on a British submarine that sank in a non-combat exercise during World War II. (Listen to Steve's full interview with Dolby on Episode 70 of the podcast.)

Dolby continues to love technology and his ringtone he designed Nokia is as about familiar today as the Happy Birthday song.

This month Dolby started his tour of the UK and will hit the states in October to perform his movie/music presentation of The Invisible Lighthouse, which is getting rave reviews.


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:55am]


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