Aliens Ate My Buick

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Aliens Ate My Buick
Aliens Ate My Buick cover (Thomas Dolby).jpg
Studio album by
Released13 April 1988
Studio
  • Soundcastle (Los Angeles)
  • Smoketree (Los Angeles)
GenreNew wave, funk
Length44:52
LabelEMI-Manhattan
ProducerThomas Dolby, Bill Bottrell
Thomas Dolby chronology
The Flat Earth
(1984)
Aliens Ate My Buick
(1988)
Astronauts & Heretics
(1992)
Singles from Aliens Ate My Buick
  1. "Airhead"
    Released: 1988
  2. "Hot Sauce"
    Released: 1989
  3. "My Brain Is Like a Sieve"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Rolling Stone[2]

Aliens Ate My Buick is the third studio album by English new wave/synth-pop musician Thomas Dolby, released in 1988.

Reception[edit]

The album peaked at number 30 on the UK Albums Chart. The lead single from the album, "Airhead", peaked at number 53. Second and third singles, "Hot Sauce" and "My Brain Is Like a Sieve", peaked at number 80 and number 89, respectively. In the US, the album peaked at number 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.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Thomas Dolby, unless otherwise indicated.

  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" (Dolby, Matthew Seligman) – 4:30
  7. "Budapest by Blimp" – 8:40
  8. "May the Cube Be With You" – 6:49 (CD/cassette bonus track)

Personnel[edit]

  • Thomas Dolby – vocals, keyboards

The Lost Toy People

  • Larry Treadwell – guitar
  • Mike Kapitan – synthesizer
  • Terry Jackson – bass
  • David Owens – drums
  • Laura Creamer – vocals, percussion

Additional musicians

  • Robin Leachvoiceover (track 1)
  • Ed Asner – voiceover (track 5)
  • Edie Lehmann – backing vocals (track 1)
  • Donny Geraldo – backing vocals (track 1)
  • Mendy Lee – backing vocals (track 1)
  • Bruce Woolley – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Colin Crabtree – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Rose Banks Stone – backing vocals (track 3–5)
  • Jean Johnson McRath – backing vocals (tracks 3–5)
  • Lesley Fairbairn – backing vocals (track 7)
  • Bill Watrous – trombone
  • Arno Lucas – congas, timbales
  • Bill Bottrellspaghetti western guitar (track 3)
  • Csilla Kecskesi – Hungarian aria (track 7)
  • Erica Kiss – Hungarian translation (track 7)
  • Gueysel Tejada – domestic cleaning and outburst (track 3)

Technical

  • Thomas Dolby – co-producer, arrangements
  • Bill Bottrell – co-producer, engineer
  • The Lost Toy People – arrangements
  • Steve Vance – artwork, typography
  • Leslie Burke – front cover and inner sleeve photography
  • Dennis Keeley – back cover photography
  • Kathleen Beller – front cover model
  • Mike Tacci – second engineer
  • Daryl Koutnik – second engineer

References[edit]