Blondie is the only rock act that I can honestly say I worshipped.%0D\
The combination of the incomprable Debbie Harry, the NY attitude, the catchy songs with the witty and sardonice lyrics.%0D\
And the fact that they seem ageless.%0D\
I LOVE THEM!
I loved them too. Worshipped them. Had all the records, 45s, books, magazine articles, posters, badges, etc.%0D\
They gave this small town queerling hope that there was a world for me out there.%0D\
I have never seen them live. I bought tickets for one of their tours a few years ago but it was cancelled. Now they seem to be doing 80s retro tours with bands like the B-52s, Pretenders, Pat Benetar, Cheap Trick. If they bring one of those to my city I would definitely go. Even if it''s at a casino or someplace lame like that.
I was obsessed with my older sister''s Auto-American cassette in the summer of 1986. SO many cool, eerie songs on there - "Angels on the balcony", "Do the dark." I''d listen to it over & over on my walkman on family vacations.
reel to reel is living rarity
Clem Burke was hot! He was still pretty hot when they did No Exit.
Meh! The movies were cute but the strip stopped being funny about the time Alexander and Cookie stopped aging.... and where are Daisy''s pups??\
Still the hunger strike was an inspired idea.
They were a little before my time, but I heard the teenagers listening to them. Having said that, I like the song ''One Way or Another''.
I got my first Blondie record in 2nd grade and Debbie Harry was my childhood role model. Loved Fade Away from Parallel Lines.
What about me?
I caught the video for Rapture on tv yesterday - loved it all over again. So cool ... I had the Parallel Lines album back then and loved all the hits - and saw Debbie when she was with the Jazz Passengers. She certainly beats Madonna!
"And the fact that they seem ageless."\
You might want to set up an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
Debbie is now 65, which is staggering. She''s still really cool and the music is timeless -- in fact, it''s probably more classic now than it was at the time.\
My favorite Blondie song of all time: "Rip Her to Shreds."
Dressed in a Robert Hall sweater... Acting like a soap opera queen
Great stuff they did that never really became hits:%0D\
Love at the Pier%0D\
Accidents Never Happen%0D\
Kung Fu Girls%0D\
I Didn''t Have The Nerve To Say Know%0D\
They were just a little ahead of their time.
Still love Debbie''s "I Want That Man" - it used to be my getting ready to go out song !
Sunday Girl is the best song ever.
Oh, you know her, Miss Groupie Supreme!\
Yeah, you know her, Vera Vogue on parade!
Debbie is great on "Shayla".%0D\
When you see her on talk shows, she comes across as rather shy, even somewhat demure.
Posers. Seriously. Chased trends. No?
Did anyone else hear the remix of "Rapture" with the Doors'' "Riders of the Storm"? It was around in 2005 or so. About the most perfect mashup ever - the songs went together really well.
[quote]Posers. Seriously. Chased trends. No?%0D\
They were no more poseurs than, say, the Police or the Clash. Those white English boys didn''t invent reggae but they were certainly happy to borrow it for a while.%0D\
Blondie dabbled in rap and hip hop at a time when no other white artist did. You could argue that they were the first white artists to bring rap to the mainstream.%0D\
I know I was certainly not really aware of rap or hip hop culture until Blondie started dabbling in it.
Besides, they were part of the original CBGBs crowd that more or less invented punk.
I preferred the Pretenders, and Chrissie Hynde is the ultimate rock singer AND new wave icon imo. She''s just so versatile, and is blessed with the best voice in rock ever.\
But Blondie come a very close second.\
So many great songs from their back catalog, and they all still sound fresh today.\
I also love Fade Away, but my favorite is Rapture. What a song!
I just wanted to bring up the producer of all their commercial albums, Mike Chapman. I've only recently started realizing how many hit songs he either produced or wrote, that I love. He didn't write any hit songs for Blondie because they didn't need any help with that, he just produced for them. Hit songs he wrote for others (with partner Nicky Chinn) include many glam-rock hits for The Sweet and others in the early 70s. Later they wrote Exile%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99s "Kiss You All Over", Toni Basil%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99s "Mickey", Nick Gilder%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99s "Hot Child In The City" and most of Suzi Quatro's hits. Another one is Altered Images' "Don't Talk To Me About Love" which I'm not sure he wrote, but definitely produced, and it sounds very Blondie-like.
Recently I heard Huey Lewis and the News' "Heart and Soul" playing and I was surprised I liked it. I thought I hated all their hits. I looked up the song tonight and it turns out it's a Chapman-Chinn song. I'll bet it's Huey Lewis' one cool hit. Don't confuse it with "The Heart of Rock and Roll is Still Beating" which was their typical dreck.
Anyone have any other Chapman produced or written gems to recommend?
R23 I actually enjoyed the 1983 solo album Mike Chapman produced for ABBA singer, Agnetha F%C3%83%C2%A4ltskog. Much more MOR than Blondie for the most part, but the title track, "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" was a hit in some European countries and a sleaze/morning music classic in the US in places like The Saint, right up there with the Phyllis Hyman/Jean Carn staples of that sound..
These days they don't talk much about the heroin haze Debbie & Chris were in during Blondie's demise 1st time around. The BBC Doc from a few years ago "One Way Or Another" touches on it, but Mike Chapman did an interview where he revealed a bit more:
[quote] After Parallel Lines, Chapman was, as he put it, untouchable. John Lennon left messages on his phone. Andy Warhol gave him original artworks (one hangs in his home). And the New York underground welcomed him into its pale, underfed bosom.
"Are you familiar with 'chasing the dragon'?" Chapman asked me, sucking a Moscow Mule through a straw. At a candlelit table in the corner of Sails, he pretended to be Debbie Harry smoking opium. He had vintage Harry down pat. The lusty pout, the junkie daze. A couple looked up from their seafood salads to find him seductively sucking an invisible pipe.
"Debbie called it 'chasing the dragon'. Debbie would say, 'Here Mike, it'll make you feel good'. I'd say no, but nobody could say no to Debbie. Nobody. I'd do it and for the next two hours I'd have no idea where I went. It's the scariest feeling.
"Then we'd go to Studio 54 and Debbie would say, 'Here Mike, do a line of this'. We all did coke, it was no big deal. But sometimes you'd accidentally snort heroin and you'd be recovering for days."
Chapman saw the end of Blondie looming in 1982. He saw it three floors up in a dilapidated New York mansion owned by Harry and Stein. "Every night, Debbie would sit in this empty room in this black chair made for her by H.R. Giger (the Swiss surrealist who designed the extraterrestrial in Alien). It had all these alien skulls on it and stuff. I'd look down at her from the third floor. She'd chase the dragon, then go sit in this black chair with a black mosquito net pulled around her. She'd spend the night there. Total darkness. This was my recording artist, the girl I'd spent the last five years making hit records with. I knew that was the end."[/quote]
Thanks for the response r24, I do like the Agnetha song. I like how the verse part recalls a slowed down version of the euro-disco hit "Love Is In The Air" with an equally pretty melody for the chorus.
I have a friend who was around that scene at the time who said "You could always tell when Debbie was on heroin, because she looked fantastic. When she wasn''t, she was fat and homely."
Union City Blue is my favorite.
When I was a student at Pratt in the late 70s, one of my boyfriends played in a garage band. Occasionally he play at CBGB and Max''s Kansas City. One of the bands he played with was Blondie. \
Deborah Harry had big tits and exuded star power. She joked that all the straight boys who lusted after her, talked into her tits. She was an ex Playboy Bunny and truly looked the part. \
She was focused on her performance when she was there working so I didn''t get to hang out with her much. Still, she was nice to my boyfriend and me the few times we encountered her.
What a brilliant band. So many great songs. I remember my sister telling me that the band around Harry''s arm on the cover of Parallel Lines referred to Heroin. I listened to that album until it fell apart in the summer of 1978/79. %0D\
Blondie hit it big here in Australia with "In the Flesh" and I was gone the moment I saw Debbie in her beret on Countdown. I do know that Rip her to Shreds was about Nancy S and Pretty Baby was about Brooke Shields.
One of the best bands ever. However their last album 'Panic of Girls' was a bad album with the exception of the song "Le Bleu"
I felt highly disappointed when i finally listened to their last album 'Panic of Girls'
I didn't expect that result. Their previous two albums were so promising and great! To release such a bad work (Panic of Girls) is surprising for a band like Blondie. I hope that their next album will be ok. Otherwise...that would be a same for Blondie.
You know what else i noticed to their last album?
Ffs, Jimmy Destri and Romy Ashby are not in this work! What the hell is going on with Blondie? Are you crazy Debbie Harry and Chris Stein? You lost your ace composers by pushing off Destri and Ashby. That was a so bad bad bad and fatal decision. Bring them back! You should also bring back Nigel Harrison. He knew how to write good songs. What the hell is going on and Blondie lose their members? I smell a big egoism here. Debbie, Chris...get a grip! You are exterminating Blondie with your diva attitude. The fact that you didn't use Destri in 'Panic of Girls' was a bit too much!
The result of course betrayed you!
* a shame
Did someone say Huey Lewis is gay?
I love Blondie. They were just one of many at the time to mix musical genres. Punk, jazz, country, r & b, reggae, and the burgeoning rap scene. The Clash, Culture Club, the Police, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads and many more. Ignoring the songwriting, Blondie has always been about the musicianship. Never a wasted moment from Harry, Stein and Burke.
I want to add that I have always loved Blondie! Screw Madonna! Madonna is a nothing but a major fame and money whore, but Blondie seemed like her music mattered to her and there was no strive for BS. The three favorite songs that I love of hers are, The Tide is right, Heart of Glass, and Rapture.I was just a little kid when those songs were played by my older brother and older sister. Not only those songs are super, but they give me lots of great memories of my childhood.
BTW, there are countless songs I couldn't get enough of as I was growing up in the 80s. I mainly liked New Wave music by British groups. I saw they look today and they aged a lot!
Debbie looks her age, but she looks FABULOUSLY her age.
[quote] I preferred the Pretenders, and Chrissie Hynde is the ultimate rock singer AND new wave icon imo. She's just so versatile, and is blessed with the best voice in rock ever.
R22 I completely agree!
[quote] They should release a new album. Their last one was a disgrace.
Also agree. And frankly, I think they may have said everything they can say. Which is not a bad thing.
R45, yes you are certainly right but it would be wonderful if Blondie could be great again. Blondie haven't been wonderful only in the distant past. For example, I loved their albums 'Curse of Blondie' and 'No Exit'. I wish they could make something similar next time.
'Happy Dog' is such a cute, scrumptious song!
"X Offender" was such a great song -- a '60s girl group opening and surf break interspersed with this taut New Wave story about a girl who gets arrested by a cop because he thinks she's a whore. Then she ends up stalking him.
'(Can I) Find the Right Words (To Say)'
Oh the agony...or the pain
R49, interesting sound but the lyrics are not that good. Anyway, i'm expecting more from Blondie. We'll see.
WHET Jimmy Destri (who was hot as fuck back in the day). Did he decide to retire or is that the result of some more Blondie drama?
Didn't bother checking out "Panic of Girls" but I'm not surprised to read here that it's crap, given the terrible lead single ("Mother" which sounded that not only were they not trying, they weren't even bothering to pretend either.)
A pity considering what a great surprise the "No Exit" comeback album was. Oh well, they had two good runs. I'm grateful I got to see them live in the late 90s, something I had resigned myself to never witness in my lifetime.
Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat remain two of my favorites albums of all time. Dreamin', Picture This (picture this a day in December) Union City Blues, Sunday Girl...I would obsess about one song and then move onto another. I was working at a club as a disco waiter in 79 and Heart of Glass was big and it was pandemonium when they played that. A melding of Giorgio and New Wave. Still holds up. As Liz Lemon would say, " I want to go to there."
How did I get to be 56?
From what I can remember, Harrison was asked to rejoin but refused then sued along with Infante when the group relaunched. Infante was loathed by the rest of the group and never got an invite to rejoin. Destri had major drug problems and left/was asked to leave in 2004 to sort himself out.T
Wiki says Lorna Luft did background vocals on Slow Motion. Who knew?
We don't wear that uniform . . .
[quote]Wiki says Lorna Luft did background vocals on Slow Motion. Who knew?
Anyone who bothered to read the liner notes to Eat to the Beat.
Be gone, dilettante!
Holy shit does Debbie's face work look good here.
The latest round makes her look 25 years younger from certain angles, esp. when she smiles.
Video from two weeks ago:
R56, I was in elementary school when I bought that album, cut me some slack!
I love Angels on the Balcony. "The children come in here and they dare the ghost.."
Nile Rogers said when he produced that album for Debbie, he got hate letters from people saying they won't buy "n-word music." Shows the divide there, even with a disco-friendly artist like Debbie. Even though she was aping Donna Summer, a lot of Blondie fans would never buy any Donna's "n-word music."
I love that Blondie is still a working band and making albums, even if they aren't as good as their earlier work. But that's the case with most artists. Theire first handful of albums are great and make them stars, then everything they do after that can't really live up.
I thought Panic of Girls had some nice moments. What I Heard and Love Doesn't Frighten me harken back to classic rock and roll Blondie.
I heard that one song form the upcoming album with Beth Ditto and I don't like it. They're getting experimental again.
When Blondie reformed for No Exit Debbie and Chris wanted the original line-up back. Harry, Stein, Burke, and Gary Valentine. Gary wasn't interested so I think they contacted Nigel Harrison, who also wasn't interested for some reason. As another other poster stated, they always hated Jimmy Destri.
But really, Destri and Harrison were only in Blondie for a few years during their heyday. The current line-up (supporting players) has been with the band for over 20 years.
Jimmy Destri says that his time with Blondie is over. He resents that he's not been given another chance, considering how messed up on drugs everyone else in the band was at some point, especially Debbie and Chris.
I'm waiting 'Ghosts of Download' to finally come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I liked some of their songs, but they weren't that great. As I recall, they burned out fairly quickly, due to drugs and bad management (isn't that the death knell of ALL rock bands?).
Debbie Harry was unique in that she was truly a beautiful woman. You don't see too many beautiful women in rock and roll. Of course she marred her beauty because she was "punk" (white blonde hair with a lot of roots showing, clothes that looked like they came out of a garbage can) but that didn't diminish her stunning face.
Harry and Chris Stein were a typically fucked up rock couple. They were both druggies. Stein came down with some weird disease that incapacitated him; Harry selflessly took care of him until he began to recover. Harry became a heroin addict. They lost all their money, and Blondie went by the wayside But they're still alive and that in itself is something, considering how messed up they were.
How can i find an easy way to download Blondie's new album? I don't want to be logged in to download! Ffs! That's too much. I hope you know another way. Thanks...