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Aliens Ate My Buick

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This Is The Melodical, Manic Wizard Known To All As Thomas Dolby's 1988 Solo Release. Highlights Include: 'Hot Sauce', 'Budapest By Blimp', 'May The Cube Be With You', Plus Five More Tracks. Dolby Is Also Known For His Production and Sound Engineering Talents.

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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Manhattan Records
  • ASIN: B000006Y9Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Appel on March 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
By many, Thomas Dolby is considered a one hit wonder with the classic song, "She Blinded Me With Science", however, music gurus who know the real genius of this artist know better. "Aliens Ate My Buick" examplifies the often zany, but talented musical genius and wit of Thomas Dolby. All 8 tracks here are hook filled fantastic cuts starting with the dance moving, funny, driving "The Key To Her Ferrari" followed by the equally hilarious "Airhead". The mood moves to George Clinton-like funk with "Hot Sauce" as the funk, pop and fun continues on. "The Ability to Swing" is one energetic pop song and one of Dolby's best. Even better to even a classic in my opinion is the the unbelieveable "Budapest By Blimp", 8:38 of pure listening indulgence that floats along so smoothly. Due yourself a favor and get this CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Curry on July 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This album is what Dolby fans live for, pure energy! Thomas Dolby moves this album through a series of changes that takes each song and pushes the energy level up a notch, in succession, the album builds and builds, bringing a climax that starts at the beginning and holds you there with a majority of the album. KEYS TO FERRARI is fun as he pulls you into the driver's seat and tells you what he REALLY thinks. HOT SAUCE is fun, bringing the level up yet again, its zesty and has a funk to it that will move even those who dare not dance in public. Dolby does himself justice with this album, as it looks as though he took all that musicality that flows through his body and put it into something that is difficult to replicate. For anyone who has or has not heard Dolby, THIS IS THE ALBUM TO BUY. If it hooks you, then get the others, but this is where to start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on March 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This c.d. is one of the main reasons why I have been a Dolby fan since She Blinded Me With Science from 1983; Thomas Dolby is an unpredicatble musical genius!You never know what type of musical direction or theme he will undertake or command from one album to the next. Though his vocals are not his strongest point, he makes up for it with his ingenuity in covering various styles from swing, r & b, funk, pop-rock, campy space-age stuff ( though not new age)to some of the more subtle and thought provoking ballads. To have passed this album up back in '88 was a mistake;Oh, well, ain't nuthin like the present to make up for it. I don't know if it's because Dolby had a bit of collaboration with the Master of Grand Funk himself George Clinton (not Bill) or that the year it was produced in that I can hear faint traces of Prince's style trying to emerge and take a peek from underneath ever so often. This project can be listened straight through or played with the random track feature on a c.d player without sacrificing theme or disrupting a smooth playback through and through. Dolby's next project after Aliens Ate My Buick was the Cajun styled-influenced and beautifully written Astronauts and Heretics (again, not what you think or would expect). To show how he has influenced other artists as well, I recommend the Patti Austin c.d. The Ultimate Collection where she does a jazzy number of The Ability To Swing !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "tmunro" on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album was different than his previous ones, but it is more electric. Totally full of energy and sass that deserved more credit from the critics. It's like no other. I saw the theatrics of his stage show in support of this album and it blew me away. Play "Pulp Culture" very loud!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
What can I say? Wow- this album is by far the best Dolby has produced to date. It is not a wallpaper album. This CD is a journey. It has so many part's to extract, but is fun too. The music is simply phenomenal. Open guitar chords, haunting piano lines, danceable (though I dont know why anyone would want to compare him to George Clinton?!) beats. I espically love it when he slows things down and takes us through "Pulp Culture" (one of the best slide-solo's I have heard) and the sweet-reggae style "My Brain is Like a Sieve" and moves us to "Budapest By Blimp", the rockenist most errie and wonderul song on the album. Album's do not get any better than this. I have had it since it came out in 1988 and I still find something new, and something delicious about it every time. If you are considering buying it, you won't be dissapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Drozdiak on February 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Having read the other reviews and criticisms of this disc, I do understand the negativity. Having said that - one thing does not get mentioned, that should be. Every single "desert island disc" I know has one thing in common. The song sequencing is impeccable, and has never been more obvious than on this disc. The whole thing kicks of with Robin Leach etc. and some great musicianship. When we get to 'Pulp Culture', his observations about LA etc are clearly moving out of the one-hit wonder realm and more into the Steely Dan ouvre. I'm still marveling that he got Ed Asner to do the cameo :) The level of musicianship matches the infectious lyrics ("shag gets in your eyes - YES!)

Anyway, for sure the highlight of this disc by far is 'Budapest By Blimp', a poignant, musical and sad highlight. Still get chills every time I hear it. I was vastly disappointed by the next record (5 yrs later) 'Astronauts and Heretics', very weak IMHO.

Anyway Aliens is a fantastic record, download it, buy it, whatever, but this is proof that the 'scientist' has som real substance in him.

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