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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:32 am

Legendary New Yorker band formed in the late 70s, set to release another new LP, Pollinator, in May. They had several #1s in the UK, and singer Debbie Harry set many a bedroom wall alight. Here are a few of their best efforts:

Sunday Girl

Call Me

Rip Her to Shreds (live)

Rapture

Fun

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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:15 am

Blondie - One Way or Another
Just over an hour from 2006, as the New York New Wave hipsters briefly conquered the world on the back of Debbie Harry's sex appeal. It was fun to learn their big break came from Australia, where a DJ played the wrong side of a record and it went to #1  Laughing Their musical experimentation was impressive, but drugs brought it all down, and their band line-up problems seem to take the edge off their unlikely late-90's revival.

Blondie @ Glastonbury (2014)
From the Other Stage, the oldies crank out the familiarity, with a couple of surprises. However, Debbie Harry is nearly 70, and has looked past it for 25 years.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:42 am

Blondie's New York and the Making of 'Parallel Lines'
Rather than a straightforward Classic Albums, this interviewed most of the band, and producer Mike Chapman, about their classic 1979 effort that turned them from an average band into global superstars. There was a lot of blah blah blah about Debbie being a feminist/fashion icon and the usual overdose of adulation for New York. But it was still interesting to hear about the songs.

Blondie - Live!
From their last Tour, in 1982, at some place in Toronto, They ran through an interesting mix of hits, and encored with a cover of "Start Me Up" and their big movie smash "Call Me". Hard to credit that after their massive hiatus, they returned well enough to still be a going concern today.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:47 am

Discovering: Blondie
Debbie Harry retains her reputation as "most iconic woman" and inspiration for Madonna, Lady Gaga and anyone you care to name. Interestingly, it was a mix-up that got them a big break in Australia, and a cover version which brought them to attention in the UK, before they hit paydirt on their 3rd album, Parallel Lines. Though they experimented with different styles, heroin problems fed into the demise of the band, and a long hiatus until their resurrection in 1999. They continue to tour and record, though they haven't had a hit in years.

Blondie: Song By Song
One Way Or Another, Heart Of Glass, Call Me and Rapture. As well as Debbie, Chris and Clem, praise came from Joan Jett and various fans and journalists. Their changing musical styles were a tick box for them.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 22, 2017 6:51 am

The Pollinator album entered the charts at #4 Exclamation
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:27 am

Video Killed The Radio Star: Blondie
Chrysalis Records' Peter Wagg gave insights into how they did a video for Detroit 442, Picture This being about Chris Stein, the disco sounds of Heart Of Glass, the Eat to the Beat video project, the New York tribute of Union City Blue, the ground-breaking antics of Rapture and so on.

My View: Clem Burke
Left-handed drummer for hire who spent the time between the end of Blondie's 1st phase by working with Eurythmics (eg Thorn In My Side), and getting to sit in for many other acts, making friends with Glen Matlock, Hugh Cornwell and many others, starting a project in connection with a university into the health stresses of drumming, and so on. He was glad when Blondie reunited, and he's always drumming for someone.
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