The Flat Earth

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The Flat Earth
Studio album by Thomas Dolby
Released February 1984
Recorded 1982 - 1983
Genre New wave
Length 37:22
Label EMI, Capitol Records
Producer Thomas Dolby
Thomas Dolby chronology
The Golden Age of Wireless
(1982)
The Flat Earth
(1984)
Aliens Ate My Buick
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

The Flat Earth is Thomas Dolby's follow-up LP to The Golden Age of Wireless. It was recorded in 1983 and released in early 1984. It peaked at #14 in the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album was "Hyperactive!", which peaked at #17 in the UK Singles Chart, making it Dolby's highest-charting single in his home country. Second and third singles, "I Scare Myself" and "Dissidents (The Search For Truth)", peaked at #46 and #90 respectively. The album charted at #35 in America, but none of the singles from the album made the top 40.

A remastered "Collector's Edition" of The Flat Earth was released on 13 July 2009, complete with bonus tracks and personal sleeve notes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Thomas Dolby, except where noted.

LP: PCS 2400341[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Dissidents" (Thomas Dolby/Kevin Armstrong/Matthew Seligman) - 4:56
  2. "The Flat Earth" - 6:41
  3. "Screen Kiss" - 5:33

Side B[edit]

  1. "White City" - 5:19
  2. "Mulu the Rain Forest" - 5:00
  3. "I Scare Myself" (Dan Hicks) - 5:40
  4. "Hyperactive!" - 4:13

2009 Remastered Collector's Edition CD: 50999 2 67911 2 8[edit]

  1. "Dissidents" (Dolby/Armstrong/Seligman) - 4:56
  2. "The Flat Earth" - 6:40
  3. "Screen Kiss" - 5:35
  4. "White City" - 5:22
  5. "Mulu the Rain Forest" - 4:55
  6. "I Scare Myself" (Hicks) - 5:40
  7. "Hyperactive!" - 4:17
  8. "Get Out of My Mix (Dolby's Cube)" - 4:44 (1)
  9. "Puppet Theatre" (Dolby/Seligman) - 4:14 (1)
  10. "Dissidents (The Search for Truth Part 1)" (Dolby/Armstrong/Seligman) - 7:17 (1)
  11. "Field Work (London Mix)" (with Ryuichi Sakamoto) (Dolby/Ryuichi Sakamoto) - 4:05 (1)
  12. "Don't Turn Away" (from the film Howard the Duck) (Dolby/Allee Willis) - 5:03 (1)
  13. "The Devil is an Englishman" (from the film Gothic) (Dolby/Stephen Volk) - 3:30 (1)
  14. "I Scare Myself" (Live on tour, 1984) (Hicks) - 6:17 (1)
  15. "Marseille" (Live on tour, 1984) (Dolby/Adele Bertei) - 4:41 (1)

(1) Bonus tracks

  1. "Audio Lecture/White City" - 8:11 (2)
  2. "Dissidents (Live)" (Dolby/Armstrong/Seligman) - 4:46 (2)
  3. "I Scare Myself (Live)" (Hicks) - 5:36 (2)
  4. "New Toy (Live)" - 4:22 (2)
  5. "Puppet Theatre (Alternate Version)" (Dolby/Seligman) - 4:19 (Dolby/Seligman) (2)

(2) Bonus audio download available at www.thomasdolby.com

Personnel[edit]

  • Mixed by Mike Shipley (tracks 1 to 6), Alan Douglas (track 7)
  • Engineer - Dan Lacksman
  • Mastered by Wally Traugott at Capitol, L.A.

Notes[edit]