She Blinded Me with Science

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"She Blinded Me With Science"
UK cover art
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"
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
"She Blinded Me With Science"
"One of Our Submarines"
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Music video
"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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[3]

Song structure[edit]

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!"

The song was showcased as part of Dolby's appearance at the South by Southwest 2007 music festival.[4]

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.

Dolby co-directed the music video with Steve Barron.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Country Peak
United Kingdom 49[6]
United States 5[6]
Canada 1[7]
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

In popular culture[edit]

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.[8]

The song was sampled by Mobb Deep in their song "Got It Twisted". Thomas Dolby approved the sample to be used by The Alchemist, who produced the track.[9]

The song is featured in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as one of several collectible tracks.


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