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I still love Blondie!
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 11:22 AM (Pacific)

What's not to love? Debbie Harry was the first woman I can even recall fronting her own band, and not just being eye candy up front. But more than that--Blondie was the seminal American New Wave band, largely because of Harry. (If you doubt me, picture Blondie as an all-male group.)

Debbie Harry was sexy, but not in some simplistic, leather-and-chains way. She brought humor to the genre, and she was the girl next door. She even did the band with her steady boyfriend...if you go back and examine the videos, he's the one who's always somehow closest to her in them.

However, Harry wasn't squeaky clean; there was always a slight roughness which only made her more appealing. A quintessentially American persona, and what makes this nation great. (Okay, I am a drivelling fan.)

Blondie had to disband in the early 1980's when Chris Stein (the boyfriend) was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Harry broke up the band to take care of Stein.

Stein recovered though and Blondie got back together, fairly recently. Harry is a bit older now, but there's something sentimental and touching about seeing her.

Blondie then:

Dreaming (Live 1979)

The lyrics to this song are to die for.

Heart of Glass

» Play this one

The intro to this video summons the thought: "Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets." :D This is Blondie's token "disco" tune, complete with a mirrored ball.


Apparently this song fared better in Europe. :p But strip away the New Wave tchotchkes and you have a thoroughly modern composition.

And finally, this gem, which I've heard only here and now (it never got radio play):


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