She Blinded Me with Science
|"She Blinded Me With Science"|
|Single by Thomas Dolby|
|from the album Blinded by Science and The Golden Age of Wireless|
|B-side||"One of Our Submarines"|
5:09 (extended version)
|Label||Venice in Peril (UK)
Capitol Records (U.S.)
|Writer(s)||Thomas Dolby, Jo Kerr|
|Thomas Dolby singles chronology|
"She Blinded Me With Science" is a New Wave 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 featuring synthesizer sounds, plus a guitar track by XTC's Andy Partridge.
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." 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." Then, in 2009, it ranked No. 13 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.
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, 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.
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.
"Mr. Roboto" by Styx
|Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
April 23, 1983 - April 30, 1983
"Let's Dance" by David Bowie
In popular culture
- At the 1985 Grammy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California, in the famous synthesizer jam with other contemporaries Howard Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Stevie Wonder.
- The song was sampled by Mobb Deep in their song "Got It Twisted". Thomas Dolby approved the sample to be used by Alchemist, who produced the track.
- Kahn Souphanousinphone, a character from the Fox Broadcasting Company animated series, King of the Hill sings the song's chorus in the fifteenth episode of the show's second season titled "Three Days of the Kahndo".
- Todd Alquist, a character from the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, has the song set as his ringtone for whenever Walter White calls him.
- The song was featured in the CBS comedy series The Crazy Ones in the fourteenth episode of the show's first season titled "Simon Roberts Was Here".
- Greatest One Hit Wonders List (No. 20-1) from the VH1 website
- VH1's "100 Greatest Songs Of The '80s" an October 2006 press release from the VH1 website
- Kym Kilgore (2007). "Thomas Dolby plans spring tour, album". LiveDaily. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
- "Thomas Dolby - "She blinded me with science"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
- "Songfacts". Retrieved 2008-03-09.
- "RPM Magazine". Retrieved 2010-09-26.
- YouTube: "Synthesizer Medley at the 1985 Grammys"