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Our Icons: Blondie

Posted 30 November 2016 by Blog Author

OUR ICONS: BLONDIE

Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Ok, we’re not gonna leave you hangin’ on this one. Blondie is the band. Debbie Harry is the boss runnin’ the show.

They straddled the line between 70s post-punk and 80s new wave, droppin’ records, drawing art school street cred and mainstream appeal.

With a stacked back catalogue and solo careers to absorb, you might not know where to start. No sweat, we got a room with a view.

The band

Formed n 1974, two years before punk would even sniff the NYC club scene, Blondie were already taking the proto-punk styles of bands like MC5 and The Stooges to the next level.

Embracing synths and shiny production earlier than contemporaries like the Talking Heads, not to mention an ear for huge melodies, Blondie easily translated from tiny gigs to big festival stages.

Even if you couldn’t name them, you know at least four Blondie songs already. Their anthems are for the young blooded, crafted to be turned up real f’n loud, with guitar licks and throbbing bass supporting Debbie Harry as her voice swayed between lilting and high voltage.

Where to start

PARALLEL LINES (1978)

Blondie’s third record comes out swingin’ for the fences. Opening with post-punk anthem, ‘Hanging On the Telephone’. BAM! Then ‘One Way or Another’. BAM! Hell, every indie band you love from the early naughties owes its entire career to the final chords of Telephone.

Embracing synths and shiny production earlier than contemporaries like the Talking Heads, not to mention an ear for huge melodies, Blondie easily translated from tiny gigs to big festival stages.

The record is buoyed by Harry’s huge voice and crisp guitar riffs that would be the Rosetta Stone for the next decade of New Wave, but on the iconic ‘Heart of Glass’ it’s the bass that leads the win. The throbbing bass line grazes the frantic energy of disco without anchoring it in music’s most notorious fad.

TOP TRACKS: Heart Of Glass, Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another

The get up

Slick suits and sex appeal. Blondie was always substance over style, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of style goin’ around. In fact, all Debbie needed was a t-shirt to turn heads.

Posted 30 November 2016 by Blog Author

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