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Aliens Ate My Buick, released in 1988, is the third studio LP release by new wave/synthpop artist Thomas Dolby. It peaked at #30 in the UK Albums Chart. The album's sales were disappointing and reviews were mixed. The lead single from the album, "Airhead", peaked at #53. Second and third singles, "Hot Sauce" and "My Brain Is Like a Sieve", peaked at #80 and #89 respectively. In the U.S., the album peaked at #70.

Aliens Ate My Buick
Aliens Ate My Buick cover (Thomas Dolby).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1988
StudioSoundcastle, Smoketree
GenreNew wave
Length44:52
LabelEMI-Manhattan
ProducerThomas Dolby, Bill Bottrell
Thomas Dolby chronology
The Flat Earth
(1984)
Aliens Ate My Buick
(1988)
Astronauts & Heretics
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]

Dolby has said in interviews that he believes the album's commercial failure was due to his change in musical direction, evident on the album.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Thomas Dolby unless otherwise noted

  1. "The Key to Her Ferrari" – 4:39 **
  2. "Airhead" (Dolby, Grant Morris) – 5:07
  3. "Hot Sauce" (George Clinton) – 5:03
  4. "Pulp Culture" – 5:35
  5. "My Brain Is Like a Sieve" – 4:52
  6. "The Ability to Swing" (Thomas Dolby, Matthew Seligman) – 4:30
  7. "Budapest by Blimp" – 8:40
  8. "May the Cube Be With You" – 6:49*
  • Was a bonus track on cassette and CD releases only.[3][4]

PersonnelEdit

  • Thomas Dolby – keyboards, vocals
  • Larry Treadwell – guitar *
  • Terry Jackson – bass *
  • David Owens – drums *
  • Mike Kapitan – synthesizer *
  • Arno Lucas – congas, timbales
  • Laura Creamer – percussion, vocals *
  • Bill Watrous – trombone
  • Robin Leach - Voice over (Track 1)
  • Ed Asner - Voice over (Track 5)
  • Bill Bottrell - Spaghetti Western Guitar (Track 3)

* The Lost Toy People

Backing Vocals

  • Edie Lehmann, Donny Geraldo, Mendy Lee (1)
  • Bruce Woolley, Colin Crabtree (2)
  • Rose Banks Stone, Jean Johnson Mcgrath (3,4,5)
  • Lesley Fairbairn (7)

Engineering

  • Bill Bottrell

2nd Engineers

  • Mike Tacci, Daryl Koutnick

ReferencesEdit