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The Music Of LASER558 – Thomas Dolby

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Iconic singers and bands of the 1980s have left an indelible mark on the music industry and continue to captivate audiences today. One such figure is Thomas Dolby, a British musician and producer who rose to fame in the 1980s with his unique blend of synth-pop and new wave sounds.

Born Thomas Morgan Robertson in London, England, Dolby began his musical career in the late 1970s as a session musician and synthesizer programmer. He adopted the stage name “Thomas Dolby” as a tribute to the Dolby Laboratories sound system and released his debut album, “The Golden Age of Wireless,” in 1982.

Dolby’s breakthrough came with the release of his second album, “The Flat Earth,” in 1984. The album spawned several hit singles, including “Hyperactive!” and “She Blinded Me with Science,” which reached the top 5 on the UK record charts. The quirky music videos for these songs further solidified Dolby’s status as a pioneering artist in the emerging MTV era.

In 1984 and 1985, Dolby’s music was prominently featured on the pirate radio station LASER558, which broadcasted from the North Sea and gained a devoted following among music fans in the UK. His futuristic soundscapes and innovative production techniques set him apart from his peers and helped define the sound of the 1980s.

Today, Thomas Dolby continues to push the boundaries of music and technology. In recent years, he has focused on his role as a music educator and entrepreneur, founding the online music platform Beatnik Inc. He has also released new music, including the album “A Map of the Floating City” in 2011, which showcased his versatility as a songwriter and performer.

Dolby remains active in the music industry, performing live concerts and participating in industry events. His influence on the music of the 1980s continues to be felt today, as new generations of artists are inspired by his pioneering spirit and innovative approach to music making.

Thomas Dolby stands as a trailblazing figure in the music world, whose impact on the 1980s continues to resonate with audiences worldwide. His legacy as a musician and producer remains strong, and his ongoing work in music education and technology ensures that his influence will endure for years to come.

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