Synthpop vet Thomas Dolby has a new double-disc retrospective on the way, titled Hyperactive, which is out July 27 via BMG Masters. It includes his international hit "She Blinded Me with Science," as well as lesser known but excellent singles "Europa and The Pirate Twins," "One of Our Submarines," "Hyperactive!" and lots more. (Tracklist is below.) He's also got a North American tour that coincides with the new comp -- a multimedia show called "An Evening of Music and Storytelling With Thomas Dolby":

In this intimate solo performance, Thomas will allow members of the audience to randomly pick songs from his 30-year catalog. He will tell the story behind the genesis of each, while simultaneously deconstructing its musical parts, synth sounds, and lyrics. The resulting music will be output from his laptop and keyboards, and projected on a screen behind him, along with personal photos and memorabilia. Each performance will therefore be a slightly different audiovisual experience, with surprises each night.

For those who read Dolby's terrific memoir, here's a chance to hear more of his stories (and music). The tour hits NYC on August 3 at The Cutting Room and tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed, along with a few of his '80s videos, below.


Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive tracklist:
1. Hyperactive!
2. Europa And The Pirate Twins
3. Radio Silence
4. Screen Kiss
5. Valley Of The Mind's Eye
6. I Scare Myself
7. The Devil Is An Englishman
8. Windpower
9. Dissidents
10. Eastern Bloc
11. Airhead
12. Cruel
13. The Ability To Swing
14. Neon Sisters

1. She Blinded Me With Science
2. One Of Our Submarines
3. The Flat Earth
4. Beauty Of A Dream
5. Budapest By Blimp
6. I Love You Goodbye
7. Urges
8. Pulp Culture
9. Close But No Cigar
10. Leipzig
11. Silk Pyjamas
12. May The Cube Be With You
13. Airwaves
14. My Brain Is Like A Sieve

Thomas Dolby - 2018 Tour Dates
Wed. July 25 LOS ANGELES, CA Largo at the Coronet
Fri., July 27 LOS ANGELES, CA Microsoft Theater (supporting Blondie)
Mon. July 30 ALEXANDRIA, VA (DC) The Birchmere
Tues. July 31 ANNAPOLIS, MD Ram’s Head
Wed. Aug 1 SELLERSVILLE, PA (PHILADELPHIA) Sellersville Theater
Fri. Aug 3 NEW YORK, NY The Cutting Room
Sat. Aug 4 NATICK, MA Natick TCAN Center for the Arts
Sun. Aug 5 NEW HAVEN, CTState House
Mon. Aug 6 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ Dante Theater
Wed. Aug 8 BALTIMORE, MDCenter Stage