She Blinded Me with Science

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"She Blinded Me With Science"
Single by Thomas Dolby
from the album Blinded by Science and The Golden Age of Wireless
B-side "The Jungle Line" (UK) "Flying North" (US)
Released 1982
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1981
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:42
5:09 (extended version)
Label Venice in Peril (UK)
Capitol Records (U.S.)
Writer(s) Thomas Dolby, Jo Kerr
Producer(s) Thomas Dolby
Thomas Dolby singles chronology
"Windpower"
(1982)
"She Blinded Me With Science"
(1982)
"One of Our Submarines"
(1982)
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"She Blinded Me with Science" on YouTube

"She Blinded Me With Science" is a song by British musician Thomas Dolby, released in 1982. It was first released as a single in the UK in October 1982 and was subsequently included on the EP Blinded by Science and the second edition of Dolby's debut album The Golden Age of Wireless. It is a quirky, playful synthpop song.

Although a success in the United States, peaking at No. 5 in the Billboard Hot 100 and 2 weeks at No. 1 in Canada's RPM Magazine, the song barely managed to score among the Top 50 in Dolby's native United Kingdom, peaking at No. 49 in the UK Singles Chart.

Dolby is often considered a one-hit wonder in the United States on the basis of the song's chart success there. In 2002, U.S. cable television network VH1 named "She Blinded Me with Science" No. 20 on its list of the "100 Greatest One-hit Wonders."[1] While the song is Dolby's only Top 40 single on the Billboard Hot 100, he has had other songs that scored on the music charts. In 2006, VH1 placed it at No. 76 on their list of "Greatest Songs of the '80s."[2] Then, in 2009, it ranked No. 13 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Song structure[edit]

The song's chorus, "She blinded me with science", plays upon the colloquial British expression "to blind [someone] with science", meaning to deliberately confuse someone by giving the impression of highly complex knowledge.

The song features interjections from the British scientist and TV presenter Magnus Pyke,[1] who repeatedly shouts "Science!" and delivers other lines in a deliberately over-the-top mad scientist voice, such as, "Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto! You're beautiful!" Producer "Mutt" Lange sings the high octave doubling Dolby's chorus vocals.

The song was showcased as part of Dolby's appearance at the South by Southwest 2007 music festival.[3]

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Dolby commits himself to a Home for Deranged Scientists. Various mad scientist types operate fanciful inventions on the grounds of the Home and act insane with normal scientific items. Throughout the course of the video, Magnus Pyke (as the Home Doctor) tries to diagnose what he is suffering from, all the while being seduced by Miss Sakamoto, a secretary in the Home. (This may be a reference to Akiko Yano, who was married to Ryuichi Sakamoto and is credited with backup vocals on The Golden Age of Wireless.) Dolby co-directed the music video with Steve Barron.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Country Peak
position
United Kingdom 49[5]
United States 5[5]
Canada 1[6]
Preceded by
"Mr. Roboto" by Styx
Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
April 23, 1983 - April 30, 1983
Succeeded by
"Let's Dance" by David Bowie

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