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Koo Koo/Def, Dumb & Blonde Import

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Digitally remastered two-fer from the Blondie vocalist and Punk/New Wave icon containing her first and third solo albums: Koo Koo (1981) and Def, Dumb & Blonde (1989). 21 tracks total. BGO. 2009.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jump Jump - Debbie Harry
  2. The Jam Was Moving - Debbie Harry
  3. Chrome - Debbie Harry
  4. Surrender - Debbie Harry
  5. Inner City Spillover - Debbie Harry
  6. Backfired - Debbie Harry
  7. Now I Know You Know - Debbie Harry
  8. Under Arrest - Debbie Harry
  9. Military Rap - Debbie Harry
  10. Oasis - Debbie Harry
  11. I Want That Man
  12. Lovelight
  13. Kiss It Better
  14. Maybe For Sure
  15. Calmarie
  16. Get Your Way
  17. Sweet And Low
  18. He Is So
  19. Brite Side
  20. Bugeye
  21. End Of The Run


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B0025AY46Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By W.H. on August 13, 2009
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I love Deborah Harry (with or without Blondie), and it's great to have her first solo album, 1981's Koo Koo, back in print and digitally remastered. The album is very much of its time, but I hesitate to call it "dated" because I enjoy it so much. The stripped-down sound is worlds away from Blondie's at it gave Harry a voice of her own.

Her third solo album, 1989's Def, Dumb, & Blonde is also great but for a completely different reason than her first album. Eight years after Koo Koo's release, it served as a welcome return for Harry to a fuller, poppier Blondie-esque sound.

The problem with this edition's Def, Dumb, & Blonde is that it only has eleven tracks. The cd version released in 1989 and re-released in 2005 has fifteen. I understand that the original vinyl album released in 1989 had only eleven, and the four extra tracks were bonus tracks appearing only on the cd. Why didn't BGO re-release the original cd version, as opposed to the shorter lp version? There's plenty of room for all fifteen tracks on this cd.

If both Koo Koo and Def, Dumb, & Blonde were here in their entirety, I would give this 2-disc set five stars. Since D,D, & B is incomplete, I can only give it three stars.

(The missing tracks are Bike Boy, I'll Never Fall In Love, Comic Books, and Forced To Live.)

Serious Deborah Harry fans might want to buy this 2-cd set for Koo Koo (it costs less than used copies of previously released editions) and buy the fifteen-track version of Def, Dumb, & Blonde seperately. More casual fans could make do with this set alone or with Harry's greatest hits album, Most of All.
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Just to clarify: Although Amazon has this listed as a single CD, I was very pleased to find that this is a two CD package, with all of KOO KOO on one disc, and the shorter (vinyl?) version of DEF, DUMB AND BLONDE on the other disc. It definitely plays better with the albums separated.

KOO KOO, while no masterpiece, is hardly a musical disappointment, and had one of the most striking album cover images of the '80s. The grooves from Chic trio Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson are solid and well produced. Harry's voice is spirited and she sounds like she's having fun working with some new musicians. But there's definitely an X factor missing ... nothing sounds like a hit, and none really succeeded. However, "Backfired" is funny and sassy, and "Now I Know You Know" is as sultry as anything Harry has cut in her entire career. Reggae song "Inner City Spillover" has some truly weird lyrics!

DEF, DUMB AND BLONDE sounds a world away, made almost ten years after KOO KOO. The original U.S. CD was better, which had a total of 15 songs compared to this version. It suffers from a frilly, let's-have-fun! 80s production and Harry also sounds like she's somewhat surrendered and defeated, after the failure of Blondie's THE HUNTER, and of second solo album ROCKBIRD. There's a sense that her time had kind of come and gone to this album, which always makes it sound kind of sad to these ears.
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Okay, since I'm a Blondie/Debbie fan since 1978, I'll throw my hat into this...

For anyone wondering, BUY THIS COLLECTION IF YOU WANT A BRAND NEW REMASTERED VERSION OF DEBBIE'S 1ST SOLO ALBUM. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE OTHERS HERE ON AMAZON...TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE. SO HAPPY WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE! ALSO, IF YOU HAVE A COPY OF DEF, DUMB, AND BLONDE, BUY THIS ONE ANYWAY, SINCE IT'S THE TRUE REMASTER AND NOT JUST A REISSUE FROM 1989, LIKE THE ONE WOUNDED BIRD RECS. RELEASED 4 YEARS AGO. THE DIFFERENCE IN SOUND IS VERY OBVIOUS.

KOO KOO, from 1981, is a pretty good album. It's interesting, but a very different kind of animal from what Debbie had been giving us since 1976 w/ Chris and the boys; which is odd, considering how diverse her music w/ Blondie was. Like many others have said over the years, many of the songs sound like B-sides to A-sides: They're interesting, somewhat avant-garde, but not particularly hooky or memorable in the way that her previous output was. I'll put it this way...it's an odd follow-up to Blondie's masterpiece AUTOAMERICAN, which featured excellent forays into Art Pop, Punk/New Wave, Disco, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Broadway show tune, and Rap. This is also a diverse album as well, going from New Wave, to Funk, to R&B/Jazz, Reggae (in The Police vein), Mid-Eastern-flavor, to Disco/Dance w/ a little Rap for good measure. It's very 1981, yet it sounds very artsy by today's standards...its style is rather timeless, like so much of Deb's music(I was alive and well in 1981, though only 7 yrs. old and this was my 1st time hearing the entire album 28 yrs. later, and it sounds contemporary and dated at the same time). As always when a leader of a group goes solo for the 1st time, the material and execution is incredibly crucial.
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Pairing Deborah Harry's first solo album with her third is an odd combination. One is terrible, the other is fantastic. It would have made more sense to combine `Koo Koo' with her second, the frothy `Rockbird'. Additionally, this version of `Def, Dumb and Blonde' is the vinyl release, which is four songs shorter than the original concurrently released CD issue (a common record company ploy at the time, which was designed to encourage people to move from vinyl to disc). Without those four songs the album is decidedly weaker. Given that `Koo Koo' is so poor, I recommend buying the full CD of `Def Dumb & Blonde', where you will receive another four great songs in place of 10 weak ones.

For her first solo outing while still in `Blondie', it appears DH was trying to release something that did not sound like Blondie, which she definitely managed with `Koo Koo'. Instead of working with Blondie's rock producer, Mike Chapman (Suzi Quatro, The Knack, The Sweet, Pat Benatar), she worked with dance producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic, Sister Sledge, The Jacksons, Diana Ross). The result is that `Koo Koo' sports a thin sound, contains slight, lack-lustre songs and, worst of all, fails to capitalize on Harry's awesome vocal abilities, leaving her enigmatic style sounding silly alongside all the popping basses and excessive rapping.

Most of the songs are flat out terrible. Were it produced by Chapman, the song `Under Arrest' would have sounded very much like a great Blondie song.
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