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Friday, February 25, 2011

Thomas Dolby launched his career in the 1980s with the new-wave hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” Later, he created technology for musicians, mobile phones and iPads. Today: Dolby unveils new sonic creations -- with a live performance of songs in the The Greene Space. Plus: the Jamaican mento band The Jolly Boys are reinterpreting hits by Amy Winehouse, The Clash and others on a new album. They play for our live audience.

Mento Mood: The Jolly Boys

They were the hippest thing on the island of Jamaica in the late '50s, when Errol Flynn gave them their name. Flynn is long gone, but The Jolly Boys remain, and nearly 55 years later, they might still be the hippest thing on the island of Jamaica. Their latest album features covers of songs by The Clash, Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse done in the pre-reggae style known as mento. Check out their performance of the song “Emmanuel Road” live in The Greene Space.

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Pop's Mad Scientist Returns

Thomas Dolby blinded us with science in the 1980s. He hit us with ringtone technology in the last decade and a psychedelic iPhone app called “Toad Lickers” in 2010. Now, he’s putting out his first new album in almost 20 years. We’ll get a sneak preview of songs as Dolby and special guests Ethel and Rachelle Garniez perform for our live audience in The Greene Space. Check out the video below with Soundcheck host John Schaefer providing the "Science!" during Thomas Dolby's performance of his classic hit.

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