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)
Singles from The Flat Earth
  1. "Hyperactive!"
    Released: January 1984
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 number 14 on the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album was "Hyperactive!", which peaked at number 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 number 46 and number 90 respectively. The album charted at number 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.