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Pick of the Week: The Moth – Thomas Dolby: Never Never Land

May 20, 2012
The Moth – Thomas Dolby: Never Never Land
Podcast release date: May 14, 2012
Time: 17:30

The Moth Podcast features true stories told at various Moth events around the country. This week’s story, told by Thomas Dolby at a Moth event in 2002, begins in 1981, when the videos for Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me with Science” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” were being produced in adjacent rooms. They both like each other’s song and they talk before Michael Jackson heads back to California. Michael Jackson tells Thomas Dolby to call him if he’s ever in California. A few months later, when Thomas Dolby travels to California to promote his hit single, he has the opportunity to visit Michael Jackson. During his visit to Michael Jackson’s home, he gets a glimpse into Michael Jackson’s eccentric lifestyle while talking to him about music.

I like the way their music brings them together and is the focus of their conversations, even though some unusual things are going on in the background. I was just starting to listen to top 40 and MTV when “Billie Jean” and “She Blinded Me with Science” were singles in the U.S. While listening to this story, I found myself missing a time when the media was more concerned with Michael Jackson’s music than his eccentricities and MTV was more concerned with music videos than reality TV shows.

If you want to hear more about Thomas Dolby, you might want to check out Thomas Dolby’s Fireside Chat on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. It’s not a podcast, but the hour-long online radio show includes Thomas Dolby talking about his music and life (including an abbreviated version of the story he told at The Moth) and some of his songs.

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