What seems like yesterday, but is actually last November, I photographed Thomas Dolby at Real World where he was working on material for ‘A Map of the Floating City’ - his first album in two decades, available from today on the B&W Society of Sound.
Thomas Dolby was an indelible part of the electronic music landscape on both sides of the Atlantic in the 80s. The Zelig of synthpop, he was seemingly there or thereabouts at all points of that crucial decade. He enjoyed huge solo success with She Blinded Me With Science and Hyperactive!, composed and performed on hits for everyone from AOR giants Foreigner to none-more-quirky new wave girl Lene Lovich, produced three superlative albums for Prefab Sprout, and even co-wrote the much-sampled early rap classic Magic’s Wand by Whodini.
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