Thomas Dolby says he gets lonely onstage from time to time. The electronic-music whiz -- who scored big during MTVs nascent days with She Blinded Me With Science -- has spent the past several years playing one-man shows. But Ive yet to become institutionalized for talking to myself, he laughs. On his latest tour, the 48-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist brings along three members of the San Francisco-based Jazz Mafia Horns, who also back him on his new EP, Live at SXSW. Its refreshing to play with a live band, says Dolby. I like the idea of putting some of the more up-tempo and funkier numbers in my set.
Live, Dolby (a laptop star before they had a name for such guys) and crew rework many of his 80s tunes. They also try out some new songs like Your Karma Hit My Dogma -- a biting track inspired by the former Mr. Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, who illegally sampled She Blinded Me With Science. I found out about it after it was already on MySpace and had several thousand downloads, says Dolby, who settled with K-Fed out of court. I dont know if it was just ignorance or what.
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