Aliens Ate My Buick

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Aliens Ate My Buick
Aliens Ate My Buick cover (Thomas Dolby).jpg
Studio album by Thomas Dolby
Released April 1988
Genre New wave
Length 44:52
Label EMI-Manhattan
Producer Thomas Dolby
Thomas Dolby chronology
The Flat Earth
(1984)The Flat Earth1984
Aliens Ate My Buick
Astronauts & Heretics
(1992)Astronauts & Heretics1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Aliens Ate My Buick is the third studio LP release by new wave/synthpop artist Thomas Dolby. It peaked at #30 in the UK Albums Chart. The album's sales were disappointing and reviews were mixed. The lead single from the album, "Airhead", peaked at #53. Second and third singles, "Hot Sauce" and "My Brain Is Like a Sieve", peaked at #80 and #89 respectively. In the U.S., the album peaked at #70.

Dolby has said in interviews that he believes the album's commercial failure was due to his change in musical direction, evident on the album. Expectations of songs in the mould of "She Blinded Me With Science" and "Hyperactive!" were met only by the album's second track, "Airhead".

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Thomas Dolby unless otherwise noted

  1. "The Key to Her Ferrari" – 4:39
  2. "Airhead" (Dolby, Grant Morris) – 5:07
  3. "Hot Sauce" (George Clinton) – 5:03
  4. "Pulp Culture" – 5:35
  5. "My Brain Is Like a Sieve" – 4:52
  6. "The Ability to Swing" (Thomas Dolby, Matthew Seligman) – 4:30
  7. "Budapest by Blimp" – 8:40
  8. "May the Cube Be With You" – 6:49*
  • Was a bonus track on cassette and CD releases only.[3][4]


  • Thomas Dolby – keyboards, vocals
  • Larry Treadwell – guitar
  • Terry Jackson – bass
  • David Owens – drums
  • Mike Kapitan – synthesizer
  • Arno Lucas – congas, timbales
  • Laura Creamer – percussion, vocals
  • Bill Watrous – trombone