Song of the Day, October 14: Flying North by Thomas Dolby

Today’s song is Flying North by Thomas Dolby. Often pigeonholed as an 80s novelty act and One Hit Wonder, Thomas Morgan “Dolby” Robertson is a prolific producer and session musician. He has logged a number of hits on the British charts, despite having only one Top 40 hit in the U.S., the Top 10 smash She Blinded Me With Science. Taken from that songs’s home album, the sublime Golden Age of Wireless, this song is one of his very finest. Using a fear of flying as a touchstone, this song about a frequent traveller is filled with reflections on life on earth at the end of the 20th Century. Despite all our technology (even then!), we are bound by physical laws and our human frailties. As Dolby puts it, “The poles are tethers we are born in.” Wish Thomas Dolby a happy 53rd birthday today and enjoy this amazing song.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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