Thomas Dolby is a strange fella. Yes, I’m talking about the guy that wrote, recorded, and produced the kitschy 80’s classic, “She Blinded Me With Science”. A session musician still to this day, Dobly (actually last named Robertson) released one of the most unusual but instantly recognizable synth-pop tracks of the very early 1980’s. Not originally on his debut album, Dolby would retweak and remix this particular song no more than ten times before finding the right mix of odd and accessibility.
The British interpretation of the phrasing, to blind someone with science means to deliberately distract someone with verbal gymnastics. Speaking over your head is the layman explanation. And that’s quite a turn of the word. But not lost is the actual science references in this song, which all point to the genius of it all. It’s as equally as confusing as it is fun to listen to. Sound familiar?
Really, all we want is less blinding with science and more poetry in motion. Thanks Sir Dolby.