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"Acting like a soap opera queen..."
on September 23, 2014
Blondie were a fascinating new wave band. And their self-titled debut album is the best place to start. This album was probably the band's most "new wave" sounding record. But even from the beginning, the band always cleverly mixed different musical genres into their songs. You can hear a touch of bluegrass on the sassy, "Little Girl Lies", and you can also hear a little bit of Southern California pop on "In The Sun" and "Man Overboard". Debbie Harry was and STILL is an accessible, outrageously talented singer/songwriter. Her voice can fluctuate between a soft, sexy alto on the deeply romantic, "In The Flesh". And then her voice can take on a feisty, soprano edge on my personal favorite, the deliciously snarky, "Rip Her To Shreds". Of course the rest of the band were extremely talented as well. Co-founder Chris Stein (Debbie's boyfriend at the time) demonstrates his genius brilliantly on the avant-garde, "The Attack of the Giant Ants" which is filled with trippy, sound-effects and a gorgeous piano solo at the end of the track. Keyboardist Jimmy Destri proved he always that effortless, pop sensibility and a flair for spacy synths on tracks like "Look Good in Blue" and "A Shark in Jets Clothing". Everyone KNOWS Clem Burke was the "brain" behind Blondie's signature sound. His drumming and timing were impeccable! Bassist Gary Valentine was also a vital part of the band, even though this was the ONLY Blondie record he is featured on. Valentine left the band a year later, but he still left us with a great track, the risqué opener, "X Offender". There isn't one bad song on Blondie's debut album. I also enjoy the incredibly strange, "Rifle Range" and the energetic, "Kung Fu Girls". This album was produced by Richard Gottehrer. He also produced the band's sophomore album, "Plastic Letters". I thought Gottehrer was an important stepping stone for the band. He really encouraged the band to stay true to their infectious sound. I like how the album has this cool, timeless edge. This record didn't make Blondie a household name, (that wouldn't happen until the release of "Parallel Lines") but every band has to start somewhere and what an incredible start it was. Enjoy!