Thomas Dolby deserved more time on the 'Airwaves'
I must admit that while I loved She Blinded Me With Science in 1983 (and still do), that I never listened to Thomas Dolby albums in the '80s. Because of Steve Spears dogged praise of Dolby over the years on Stuck in the '80s, my situation of listening to Dolby albums has been rectified and thankfully I now know all about great songs like Airwaves.
Airwaves was a single off of Dolby's 1982 album The Golden Age Of Wireless and did not chart anywhere. It wasn't much later that the stand alone single She Blinded Me With Science became a hit and was later put on all subsequent reissues and repackaging of The Golden Age Of Wireless.
The video for Airwaves is in contrast to many of his other silly videos as Dolby is a spy runner trying to relay messages across the border in a police state. The dark lighting and cold snow-covered set compliments the atmospheric music of Airwaves.
For more Thomas Dolby, you can always listen to SIT80s Podcast No. 70 to listen to Steve's interview with Dolby or you could come back to the blog the rest of the week to discover several of the side projects of Dolby in the '80s.
(Don't forget that Thomas Dolby is also performing on the 2018 voyage of The 80s Cruise, along with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Billy Ocean, Berlin, Katrina of Katrina and the Waves, The Tubes and Tommy Tutone. The trip is hosted by Rick Springfield along with former MTV veejays Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman. Save $1,000 or more off regular rates when you use the promo code STUCK when booking your cabin.)