The Flat Earth

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The Flat Earth
The Flat Earth (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1984
Recorded1982 - 1983
GenreNew wave
Length37:22
LabelEMI, Capitol Records
ProducerThomas Dolby
Thomas Dolby chronology
The Golden Age of Wireless
(1982)
The Flat Earth
(1984)
Aliens Ate My Buick
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
The Village VoiceC+[3]

The Flat Earth is the second album by Thomas Dolby. It was released in February 1984, peaking at #14 on 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.

A remastered "Collector's Edition" of The Flat Earth was released on 13 July 2009, complete with bonus tracks and new 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 (2)

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swan, Glenn. "The Flat Earth – Thomas Dolby". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (29 March 1984). "Thomas Dolby: The Flat Earth". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (24 July 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 14 April 2018.