Monday, May 3, 2010

Blondie/Debbie Harry

Blondie is an American rock band formed by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. In the early 1970's, Chris Stein moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Inspired by the music scene called New York Dolls, he decided to form his own band, too. He joined The Stilletos in 1973 as their guitarist and started a romantic relationship with former Playboy bunny and waitress Debbie Harry. Harry had been a member of the folk rock band The Wind in the Willows, in the late 60's. In 1974, Stein left the band and decided to form a new one with Debbie Harry. They formed the band along with drummer Billy O'Connor, bassist Fred Smith, and sisters Tish and Eileen Bellomo as backing vocalists. By 1975, due to some personnel turnover, Harry and Stein were joined by drummer Clem Burke, keyboardist Jimmy Destri, and bass player Gary Valentine. Originally billed as Angel and the Snake, they changed their name to Blondie, as that was the way Harry was called by truck drivers who passed by and shouted at her: "Hey, Blondie!" Later, the band members found out that Blondi was the name of Adolf Hitler's dog. Blondie became regulars at popular New York clubs such as Max's Kansas City and CBGB. They got their first record deal in early 1976 with Private Stock Records and released their debut single X-Offender on June 17, 1976. Their debut album, the eponymously titled Blondie was released in December of that same year. In September 1977, Blondie ended the contract with Private Stock Records and decided to sign to Chrysalis Records. The first album was rereleased under the new label in October 1977. Rolling Stone's review of the album pointed out the eclectic nature of the band and compared Blondie with the likes of Phil Spector and The Who. Debbie Harry's presence, looks, and voice were also highly praised by this time. The band's first commercial success happened in Australia in 1977, when the Australian TV host Molly Meldrum, in his show Countdown, mistakenly played their video of "In the Flesh" (which was the b-side for X-Offender) and that got them noticed in Australia and eventually In the Flesh became a success over there. Up to this day, the band still thanks Molly Meldrum for helping them with their big break by playing the wrong song. It's a mystery to this day if Meldrum did this accidentally or on purpose, favoring a song that wasn't so loud and aggressive and that didn't belong to any punk sensibilities. The single and album each reached the Top 5 in Australia in October 1977, and a subsequent double A-side release of X-Offender and Rip Her to Shreds was popular. A successful Australian tour followed in December, though it was stained by an incident in Brisbane when disappointed fans almost rioted due to Harry cancelling the show because she was ill. In February 1978 , Blondie released their second album, Plastic Letters. The album was recorded as a four-piece band because Gary Valentine had left the band earlier. Singles Denis and (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear became a Top 5 and Top 10 hits respectively in the U.K. By that time, Valentine was replaced by Frank Infante (guitar, bass guitar) and shortly after that Nigel Harrison joined the band, turning Blondie into a six-piece band. In late 1978, the band released their third studio album, Parallel Lines, making it into their most successful effort, selling 20 million copies worldwide. The band released as first singles Picture This and Hanging on the Telephone but it was their third single the disco-influenced Heart of Glass that got them their first U.S. hit which eventually topped the charts. The song was a rework of a rock and reggae influenced song that they had written during their early years. Clem Burke later said that the revamped version was influenced by Kraftwerk and the BeeGees' Stayin' Alive. Burke tried to copy the drum beat of the latter. He and Stein gave Jimmy Destri much of the credit for the final result, noting that Destri's love for technology had led him to introduce synthesizers and rework the keyboard sections. However, for some people the band was selling out and becoming more commercial and the band was heavily criticized for that. In June 1979, Blondie was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, with photos taken by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz. Their fourth album Eat to the Beat was released in October of that same year and was well-received by critics though the singles spawned from it didn't achieve the same level of success than the ones from Parallel Lines. In 1980, Blondie released their next single, which was the theme for the movie American Gigolo, starring Richard Gere. This single was produced by Italian songwriter and producer Giorgio Moroder, who had been responsible for Donna Summer's biggest hits. The song eventually became the band's best-selling single and hit #1 in both U.S. and U.K. and was Billboard's magazine single of the year in 1980. In November of that same year the band released their fifth studio album, Autoamerican. Two more #1 singles were released from here, the reggae-styled The Tide is High and the rap-flavored Rapture, which was one of the earliest songs containing elements of rap vocals to reach #1 in the U.S. Rapture would be the only Blondie single to achieve higher position in the U.S. charts than in the U.K. charts. Autoamerican was a departure from their new wave and rock style and was not well-received by critics. In 1981, the band took a brief break. That year, both Debbie Harry and Jimmy Destri released solo albums. Stein helped out with Harry's Koo Koo album, her first solo album and Burke with Destri's album, Heart on the Wall. Frank Infante sued the band regarding a lack of involvement during the Autoamerican sessions; it was settled out of court, and Infante remained in the band (though Harry has said Infante was not on their next album). In October of that same year, Blondie released their first greatest hits compilation, The Best of Blondie. The band reconvened in 1982 and released their sixth studio album, The Hunter. In contrast to their earlier commercial and critical successes, The Hunter received from lukewark to negative reviews of their new material and failed to hit the U.S. Top 20. Nevertheless, the album spawned two moderate hit singles: Island of Lost Souls and War Child. Tensions arose within the band due to commercial decline and constant press focus on Debbie Harry to the exclusion of the other band members. Also, the band hit a breaking point when Stein was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness called pemphigus. Blondie band members received a letter to tell them not to rely on any money from the bank, as there was only $25,000 left in their account. Their managers had completely wiped them out, and as a result of this and of drug use, mismanagement, tension in the band, and Chris Stein's worsening illness, Blondie cancelled their tour plans early and announced their break-up in August 1982. Stein and Harry (at the time a couple) stayed together, and retreated from the public spotlight for a few years, with the exception of minor hit singles Rush Rush (1983, from the film Scarface), and Feel the Spin (1985). Harry was forced to sell the couple's five-story mansion to pay off debts that the band had run up, Stein owed in excess of $1 million , and drug use was becoming an increasing concern for both Harry and Stein. Debbie decided to call the relationship off and moved downtown. In a 2006 interview, Harry confessed that she was having some sort of a nervous breakdown due to all the stress. After Stein recovered from his illness, Harry resumed her solo career with a new album, Rockbird (1986), with active participation of Stein. Meanwhile, Burke became a highly demanded drummer (and played for a time with the Eurythmics), and Destri also maintained an active career as a producer and session musician.
During the 80's and 90's, Blondie's work began to be recognized by the younger generations. Chrysalis/EMI Records released several compilations and collections of remixed versions of some of its biggest hits. Harry continued with her successful solo career after the band broke up, which helped keep the band in the public eye. In 1990, she reunited with Stein and Burke for a summer tour of mid-sized venues, as part of an "Escape from New York" package with Jerry Harrison, The Tom Tom Club and The Ramones. Blondie reunited and recorded some material in 1996, but did not tour together until May 31, 1997, when they played the HFStival at R.F.K. Stadium in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Stein and Harry began the process of reuniting Blondie and contacted original members Burke, Destri, and Valentine, who had by this time moved to London and become a full-time writer under his real name Gary Lachman; his New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation (2002) is a memoir of his years within the band. Former band members Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante did not participate in this reunion, and they unsuccessfully sued to prevent the reunion under the name Blondie. In 1997, the band reformed as the original five-piece band, including Valentine on bass, and in 1998 and 1999 , an international tour took place. A new album, No Exit, was released in February 1999 and was described by Jimmy Destri as "15 songs about nothing." The band was now officially as a four-piece band consisting of Harry, Stein, Burke and Destri. Valentine did not play on the album, though he co-wrote two tracks. No Exit reached #3 on the U.K. charts, and the first single Maria, which Destri had written thinking about his high school days , became Blondie's sixth U.K. number one single exactly 20 years after their first chart-topper Heart of Glass , giving the band the distinction of being the only American act to reach #1 in the U.K. singles charts in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. Debbie stole Cher's crown as the oldest woman in rock to have a #1 hit. She was 53 at the time. The reformed band released the follow-up album The Curse of Blondie in October 2003. This album proved to be Blondie's lowest-charting album since their debut album in 1976, although the single Good Boys managed to reach #12 in the U.K. charts. In 2004, Jimmy Destri retired from touring, leaving only Harry, Stein, and Burke (from the original line-up) appearing at live shows, though Destri did continue working with them in the studio. In March 2006, Blondie, following an introductory speech by Shirley Manson of Garbage, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seven members were invited to the ceremony , which led to an on-stage spat between the existent group and their former bandmates Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante , who asked during the live broadcast of the ceremony to be allowed to perform with the band, a request refused by Harry. On May 22 of that same year, Blondie was inducted into the Rock Wall of Fame at Guitar Center on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard . New inductees are voted on by previous Rock Walk inductees. On June 5, 2008, Blondie started a world tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Parallel Lines with a concert at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. The tour continued in places like Israel, Scandinavia, U.K., and Russia up to August 2, 2008 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. Clem Burke and Paul Carbonara have revealed that a new album was on the making and that will sound as "a real Blondie record." In 2009, Blondie accompanied rock singer Pat Benatar for the Call Me Invincible Tour. In December 2009, Blondie released a new song to coincide with the Christmas holidays, called We Three Kings. Later, Paul Carbonara amicably split from the band as he wanted to try new things and the band new album cover and album title have been revealed. "Panic of Girls is set to be released in September, 2010. A pioneer band who mixed new wave and punk with retro rock & roll, a band who were fearless in trying new music genres and getting it right, a sexy and beautiful yet smart frontwoman of a band, a significant amount of legacy for the rock world, a band who suffered highs and lows and subsequently arising from them, that's the A+ quality band Blondie in a few phrases.
Blondie (1976)

Blondie is the band's first studio album, released through Private Stock Records in December, 1976. The album was later reissued in early 1977 through Chrysalis Records, their new record company at the time. In this album along with Plastic Letters, their punk sensibilities are more noticeable. The album was first digitally remastered in 1994 and it was again reissued and remastered in 2001 along with 5 bonus tracks, including the earliest version of what would later become Heart of Glass. The album charted at #14 in Australia and #75 in the U.K. (received a Gold disc there) The singles spawned from here were: X-Offender (originally called Sex Offender and the title had to be changed as it was found too explicit), In the Flesh (#2 Australia), and Rip Her to Shreds (#81 Australia).


1-) X-Offender.
2-) Little Girl Lies.
3-) In the Flesh.
4-) Look Good in Blue.
5-) In the Sun.
6-) A Shark in Jets Clothing.
7-) Man Overboard.
8-) Rip Her to Shreds.
9-) Rifle Range.
10-) Kung Fu Girls.
11-) The Attack of the Giant Ants.

Plastic Letters (1978)

Plastic Letters is Blondie's second studio album, released in February, 1978 on Chrysalis Records. It was the second and final Blondie album to be produced by Richard Gottehrer. During this time, Gary Valentine left the band, necessitating Chris Stein to play bass as well as guitar. The album peaked at #10 in the U.K. album chart and has been certified Platinum by BPI. Plastic Letters was first reissued in 1994 with two bonus tracks and in 2001 was again reissued and remastered with 2 more bonus tracks. The singles spawned from this album were their cover of Randy & The Rainbows 1963 hit Denise, which Blondie changed to Denis (#2 U.K., #12 Australia) and also (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear (#10 U.K.)


1-) Fan Mail.
2-) Denis.
3-) Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45).
4-) Youth Nabbed as Sniper
5-) Contact in Red Square.
6-) (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear.
7-) I'm on E.
8-) I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No.
9-) Love at the Pier.
10-) No Imagination.
11-) Kidnapper.
12-) Detroit 442.
13-) Cautious Lip.

Parallel Lines (1978)

Parallel Lines is Blondie's third studio album released in September, 1978 on Chrysalis Records. It's considered as their most popular and best selling effort and was the first album produced by Mike Chapman.
Parallel Lines is ranked at #140 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time, the #18th Greatest Album of All-Time by NME Magazine and the #7th Greatest American Album of All-Time by Blender Magazine. Parallel Lines has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Six of the twelve tracks were issued as singles and they are the following: Picture This (#12 U.K.), I'm Gonna Love You Too, Hanging on the Telephone (#5 U.K.), the disco-flavored and signature hit Heart of Glass (#1 U.S., #1 U.K.), Sunday Girl (#1 U.K.), and One Way or Another (#24 U.S.). The album was reissued first in 1994 and then in 2001 with bonus tracks and in 2008 was again reissued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album's release. The album received a platinum disc in both the U.S. and in the U.K.


1-) Hanging on the Telephone.
2-) One Way or Another.
3-) Picture This.
4-) Fade Away and Radiate.
5-) Pretty Baby.
6-) I Know but I Don't Know.
7-) 11:59.
8-) Will Anything Happen?
9-) Sunday Girl.
10-) Heart of Glass.
11-) I'm Gonna Love You Too.
12-) Just Go Away.

Eat to the Beat (1979)

Eat to the Beat is Blondie's third studio album and was released in October 1979 on Chrysalis Records. The album reached #1 in the U.K. album charts and #17 in the U.S. The album includes a diverse range of styles as pop, punk, reggae, and funk as well as a lullaby. A "video album" was released on home video cassette in parallel with the record, featuring a promotional video for each song. Eat to the Beat was digitally remastered and reissued for the first time in 1994 and again in 2001 with four bonus tracks. In 2007 was again remastered without the four bonus tracks. Included instead was a DVD of the long-since deleted video album. This was the first time that the Eat to the Beat video album had been available on the DVD format. The singles spawned from this album were: Dreaming (#27 U.S., #2 U.K.), Union City Blue (#13 U.K.), The Hardest Part released only in the U.S. (#84 U.S.), and Atomic (#39 U.S., #1 U.K.). Slow-Motion was planned as the fourth U.K. single and was even remixed but due to the sudden success of Call Me, plans for this release were aborted. This album received a platinum disc in both the U.S. and in the U.K.


1-) Dreaming.
2-) The Hardest Part.
3-) Union City Blue.
4-) Shayla.
5-) Eat to the Beat.
6-) Accidents Never Happen.
7-) Die Young Stay Pretty.
8-) Slow Motion.
9-) Atomic.
10-) Sound-A-Sleep.
11-) Victor.
12-) Living in the Real World.

Autoamerican (1980)

Autoamerican is Blondie's fifth studio album, released on November 29, 1980. The album reached #3 in the U.K. and #7 in the U.S. The album proved a radical departure for the band, with opening track "Europa" setting the pace. The track was a instrumental overture featuring orchestral arrangements and ending with Debbie Harry reciting a poem about the importance of the car in American society. Besides pop and rock tracks, the band explored a wide range of other musical genres; Here's Looking at You and Faces show jazz and blues influences, the reggae hit The Tide is High, was a cover of The Paragons 1965 Jamaican ska hit, whereas Rapture combined funk, rock, jazz, and even saw them embracing the then budding genre of rap. The closing track Follow Me was a cover of a torch song from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1960 Broadway musical Camelot, based on the King Arthur legend. The album was first reissued in 1994, which included extended special disco mix versions of Rapture and Live It Up. The album was then remastered in 2001, again featuring the extended version of Rapture along with the extended version of their #1 hit Call Me and The Tide Is High's B-side, Suzy and Jeffrey. The singles spawned from this album were: The Tide Is High (#1 U.S., #1 U.K.) and Rapture (#1 U.S., #5 U.K.). Autoamerican received platinum disc in both the U.S. and U.K.


1-) Europa.
2-) Live It Up.
3-) Here's Looking at You.
4-) The Tide Is High.
5-) Angels on the Balcony.
6-) Go Through It.
7-) Do the Dark.
8-) Rapture.
9-) Faces.
10-) T-Birds.
11-) Walk Like Me.
12-) Follow Me.

The Hunter (1982)

The Hunter is Blondie's sixth and last studio album on June 5, 1982 on Chrysalis Records. The album was released two months before Blondie announced the separation of the band. The song For Your Eyes Only shares the name with the James Bond film from 1981. Blondie had written this song for the movie but the producers of the film favored a version that Bill Conti and Michael Leeson wrote and asked Blondie to sing that one instead. Blondie declined, and the Conti/Leeson song was passed on to Sheena Easton, which eventually became a smash hit and the Blondie version ended up appearing only in their Hunter album. Tracks on the album include Jimmy Destri's Motown-esque Danceway and Dragonfly, which comments on the ongoing space race between U.S. and USSR. The Beast, musically a sequel to Rapture, deals with Harry's experiences of becoming a public figure. English Boys is a melancholic tribute to The Beatles. War Child references military conflicts in Cambodia and the Middle East. The album concludes with the poignant cover version of Smokey Robinson, The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game, originally recorded by The Marvelettes in 1967. The album was reissued first in 1994 and then in 2001, both times of the 12'' version of War Child as the only bonus track.
The singles spawned from this album were: the sometimes considered as The Tide Is High part deux Island of Lost Souls (#11 U.K., #37 U.K.) and War Child (#39 U.K.)


1-) Orchid Club.
2-) Island of Lost Souls.
3-) Dragonfly.
4-) For Your Eyes Only.
5-) The Beast.
6-) War Child.
7-) Little Caesar.
8-) Danceway.
9-) (Can I) Find The Right Words (To Say)
10-) English Boys.
11-) The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game.

No Exit (1999)

No Exit is Blondie's seventh studio album and the first one since their reunion. It was released on February 23, 1999. The album reached # 3 in the UK charts, shortly after the first single Maria became Blondie's sixth UK no.1 single. As was customary for a Blondie album, it dabbled in many genres, including Pop, Reggae, and Hip-Hop. Mike Chapman, who had produced all but the first two of Blondie's albums, produced some of the early demos for the album but final production of the album fell to Craig Leon. A cover version of The Shangri-Las 1965 hit "Out in the Streets" was also included on this album. It was originally recorded by the band in 1975 while they were trying to get a record deal. The demo version was first issued on EMI's 1994 anthology The Platinum Collection and was later included on the 2001 remaster of the album Blondie. The album spawned two UK singles, the aforementioned # 1 hit "Maria", and "Nothing Is Real But The Girl" which peaked at # 26 in the UK. A third single was released in the US, the title track "No Exit", which was a fusion of Classical, Hip-Hop and Rock, and featured raps by Mobb Deep, Coolio, U-God & Inspectah Deck. The singles released from this album were: Maria (#1 U.K., #82 U.S.), Nothing Is Real But the Girl (#26 U.K.), and No Exit.


1-) Screaming Skin.
2-) Forgive and Forget.
3-) Maria.
4-) No Exit.
5-) Double Take.
6-) Nothing Is Real But the Girl.
7-) Boom Boom in the Zoom Zoom Room.
8-) Night Wind Sent.
9-) Under the Gun (for Jeffrey Lee Pierce).
10-) Out in the Streets.
11-) Happy Dog (for Caggy).
12-) Dream's Lost on Me.
13-) Divine.
14-) Dig Up the Conjo.


Live (2000) (***NEW***)

Live (or Livid as it was released in the U.K.) is Blondie's live album released on April 25, 2000. The album was recorded after their successful 1999 comeback album No Exit and includes all their best-known songs, including "Atomic", "The Tide Is High", "Call Me" and "Heart of Glass", as well as the 1999 UK #1 "Maria". The venues appearing in this album are: Town Hall, New York, New York (02/10/1999), Lyceum Ballroom, London, England (11/22/1998), House Of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada (03/10/1999), Glastonbury Festival, England (06/25/1999) and Riviera Theater, Chicago, Illinois (08/14/1999). This album was also released on DVD format.


1-) Dreaming.
2-) Hanging on the Telephone.
3-) Screaming Skin.
4-) Atomic.
5-) Forgive and Forget.
6-) The Tide Is High.
7-) Shayla.
8-) Sunday Girl.
9-) Maria.
10-) Call Me.
11-) Under the Gun.
12-) Rapture.
13-) Rip Her to Shreds.
14-) X-Offender.
15-) No Exit.
16-) Heart of Glass.
17-) One Way or Another (Snoops Theme Song).


The Curse of Blondie (2003)

The Curse of Blondie is Blondie's eighth studio album, released on October 13, 2003. It peaked at #36 in the U.K. The band departed from bankrupt Beyond Records and signed with Sony Music. The Curse of Blondie had the working title Phasm 8, which was also the name of the tour they were doing before the release, and was again produced by Craig Leon, who had also produced their previous hit album No Exit. It was 4 years in the making as the only demo tapes of the album had disappeared from luggage at a UK airport, and so had to be re-recorded. The album incorporates a rock-inspired arrangement style more reminiscent of Blondie's earliest recordings. Rhythms played include mostly rock ("Golden Rod," "Last One In The World," "End To End" and others) and then dance pop ("Good Boys," "Undone"). Other incursions are Japanese traditional music ("Magic (Asadoya Yunta)"), reggae ("Background Melody (The Only One)"), jazz ("Desire Brings Me Back," "Songs Of Love (For Richard)") and rap ("Shakedown"). The track "Hello Joe" is an homage to Joey Ramone, and includes a reference to "Blitzkrieg Bop" ("hey ho, hola Joe instead of hey ho, let's go). It gained mixed reviews, some called it a good or very good album, and others said it was a downfall for the band. It performed poor in sales, with 40.000 copies shipped in the USA. The only single released from the album was "Good Boys", which peaked at # 12 in the UK and was a dance hit in the USA. Promo singles of "Undone" were sent to radio, but no official release was made.


1-) Shakedown.
2-) Good Boys.
3-) Undone.
4-) Golden Rod.
5-) Rules for Living.
6-) Background Melody (The Only One).
7-) Magic (Asadoya Yunta).
8-) End to End.
9-) Hello Joe.
10-) The Tingler.
11-) Last One in the World.
12-) Diamond Bridge.
13-) Desire Brings Me Back.
14-) Songs of Love.

At the BBC (2010) (***NEW***)

Blondie at the BBC is an official live album taken from their famous 1979 New Year's Eve which took place in Glasgow, Scotland. Many bootleg recordings from this concert have surfaced but this is the first time that the full concert has been released. This concert took place in support of their then latest album, Eat to the Beat.


1-) Intro/Denis.
2-) The Hardest Part.
3-) Die Young, Stay Pretty.
4-) Accidents Never Happen.
5-) Victor.
6-) Living in the Real World.
7-) Seven Rooms of Gloom.
8-) Eat to the Beat.
9-) X Offender.
10-) Dreaming.
11-) Slow Motion.
12-) Shayla.
13-) Union City Blue.
14-) Atomic/(Eat to the Beat).
15-) Picture This.
16-) Pretty Baby.
17-) Heart of Glass.
18-) Hanging on the Telephone.
19-) (Sunday Girl Bagpipes).
20-) Sunday Girl.
21-) I Feel Good.
22-) One Way or Another.


Panic of Girls (2011) (***NEW***)

Panic of Girls is Blondie's ninth studio album, released on May 30, 2011. The album was originally due for release in 2010, but difficulties with record companies delayed the release. In an interview in the British Telegraph newspaper on March 24, 2011, Debbie Harry revealed that the band will be releasing the album themselves (i.e. without a record company) as part of a special "Collector's Pack" in conjunction with Future Publishing. The album name came from the lyrics of a demo track recorded for the album: "The End Of The World", which ultimately did not appear on it's final track list. The former names of the album were: Songs From The Red Coat and Panic Of Truth. Finally the album name was eventually changed into Panic Of Girls. One single has already been released, which is Mother.


1-) D-Day.
2-) What I Heard.
3-) Mother.
4-) The End, The End.
5-) Girlie Girlie.
6-) Love Doesn't Frighten Me.
7-) Words in My Mouth.
8-) Sunday Smile.
9-) Wipe Off My Sweat.
10-) Le Bleu.
11-) China Shoes.

Call Me Blondie

Call Me Blondie is a self-made compilation which contains Blondie's and Debbie Harry's non-album tracks, including their smash hit Call Me, some early demos such as Once I Had a Love (the demo of Heart of Glass), We Three Kings, the Christmas carol, among many others.


1-) Out in the Streets.
2-) The Thin Line.
3-) Platinum Blonde.
4-) Poets Problem.
5-) Scenery.
6-) Once I Had a Love (The Disco Song).
7-) Call Me (edit version).
8-) Suzy & Jeffrey.
9-) Rush Rush.
10-) Feel the Spin.
11-) Well Did You Evah? (with Iggy Pop).
12-) Summertime Blues.
13-) More Than This.
14-) We Three Kings.
15-) Call Me (long version).

Debbie Harry

Deborah Ann Harry was born in July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida. She is the daughter of Catherine and Richard Harry, gift shop proprietors in Hawthorne, New Jersey, who adopted Harry when she was 3 years old. According to Harry's website, her birth parents' names on her original birth certificate are Scottish: Mackenzie and Trimble. Debbie has said that her former name before she was adopted was Angela Trimble. She has never traced the roots of her birth parents, but she's stated that she would do so in the future. She attended Hawthorne High School, where she graduated in 1963. Then, she graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey with an Associate of Arts degree in 1965. Before starting her singing career she moved to the Big Apple in the late 60's and worked as a secretary at BBC Radio's office for one year. Later, she was a waitress at Max's Kansas City club and worked at Dunkin' Donuts, after which she was a dancer in Union City, New Jersey, and later became a Playboy bunny. She began her singing career in the folk rock band The Wind in the Willows. Harry then joined a girl-group trio, The Stilletos, in the early 70's. The Stilleto's back up band included her then boyfriend, guitarist, and later collaborator, Chris Stein. Harry and Stein then formed the band Blondie in the mid 70's, until the band's disbandment in 1982. Debbie Harry contributed the band and helped put it in the spotlight thanks to her two-tone bottle blonde hair, which established her as a punk icon. Also, Blondie was associated with the revolution of the video era, being one of the first acts in music history to shoot videos for their singles. Furthermore, Debbie was a continued regular at the chic now extinct club Studio 54 and was associated with Andy Warhol. Harry's stage persona of cool sexuality and streetwise style became so closely associated with the band's name that many came to believe the singer's name to be Blondie. While leading Blondie, Harry and Stein became life partners as well as musical partners, although they never married; Harry has no children. After Blondie's separation, Harry took her time off to take care of Chris, as he was fighting for his life of a strange life-threatening disease called pemphigus. Although she was away from the public eye during that time, that didn't stop Harry to release two non-album singles: Rush Rush (for 1983's Scarface movie, #105 in U.S.) and Feel the Spin (for 1985' Krush Groove film).Harry then revived her solo career in the mid 80's and in the 90's Harry and Stein broke up, although they remain good friends up to this day. As for her solo career, Harry has released five albums. Her debut, Koo Koo was released on August 8, 1981, to mixed reviews by music critics. On November 29, 1986, Harry released her second solo album, Rockbird, with the help of Chris Stein as he did with her album Koo Koo. Then on October 28, 1989, Harry reverted her name to Deborah Harry and released her third studio album Def, Dumb & Blonde which featured collaborations with British New Wave band, Thompson Twins. In July 1991, she played with INXS at the Wembley Stadium. Also in that year, Chrysalis Records released a best of compilation called The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie, which contained Blondie hits and some of her solo hits. The album also included her duet with Iggy Pop, their cover of Cole Porter's Well, Did You Evah! from the Red + Hot Blue AIDS charity album released at the end of 1990. In 1992, Harry collaborated with German heavy metal band Die Haut on the track Don't Cross My Mind and released the song Prelude to a Kiss for the soundtrack of the film of the same name. Then in August 1993, Harry released her fourth solo album, Debravation. Controversy surrounded the video for her second single of that album (her first single was I Can See Clearly) Strike Me Pink, which featured a man drowning in a water tank, resulting in it being banned. In November 1993, Harry toured the U.K. with Chris Stein, Peter Min, Greta Brinkman, and James Murphy. The Debravation Tour setlist featured some rarities like the previously unreleased Close Your Eyes (from 1989) and Ordinary Bummer (from the Stein-produced Iggy Pop album, Zombie Birdhouse). Between 1994 and 1998, Debbie teamed up with New York avant-garde jazz ensemble The Jazz Passengers. She was a permanent member of the troupe, touring North America and Europe. She was also featured as a vocalist on their 1994 album In Love singing the track Dog in Sand. She also covered with them the Blondie hit The Tide Is High on their 1997 album Individually Twisted. Later, on September 15, 2007, Harry released her fifth and so far last studio album, Necessary Evil. This album includes a hip hop track called Dirty & Deep, in which she spoke out against rapper Lil Kim's incarceration. In this same year, she joined Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour for the Human Rights Campaign. Harry is a strong advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage. Though she has stated that she is heterosexual, Harry has said that she's had intimate relationships with both men and women. Musically speaking, Harry has had further collaborations other than the ones mentioned before. She's collaborated with Talking Heads, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, ex-police guitarist Andy Summers, Fall Out Boy, among others. Harry has also pursued a career as an actress. In 1983, she appeared on Broadway with Andy Kaufman in the wrestling play Teaneck Tanzi (a retitled version of the British play, Trafford Tanzi, in which actress and singer Toyah Willcox starred also in 1983). The show opened and closed on the same night. Later, Harry appeared in a number of independent and underground films , made her major motion picture debut in David Cronenberg's film Videodrome. She also acted in 1988's Hairspray as villainous Velma Von Tussle, among other films. She has also guest-starred in TV series such as The Muppet Show, Mad TV, Absolutely Fabulous, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Saturday Night Live, and Wiseguy. Also, Harry was one of the faces of MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam VI Campaign. The campaign donates every cent of the selling price of their iconic lipstick shades to the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. On April 25, 2010, Harry sang on the TV Land Awards program performing Call Me and One Way or Another. A punk icon, a woman who opened doors for following female artists and taught them how to be sexy and playful but smart and in charge at the same time, a former Playboy bunny, a distinctive voice, a living legend, a strong supporter of gay rights, an amazing talent. Those are a few phrases that apply and only fit to Debbie Harry.
Koo Koo (1981)

Debbie Harry's first solo album, Koo Koo, was released on August 8, 1981. Harry released this album, while her band Blondie was taking a break and she decided to try her luck as a solo artist. The album cover featuring Harry with metal skewers going through her face (created by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) seemed disturbing for many people at the time. The album was produced by Nile Rodgers, who for the rest of the 80's would become a very in-demand producer for the likes of Madonna, Duran Duran, Sheena Easton, David Bowie, among others, and also by Bernard Edwards of the 70's group Chic. The album was in threat to be overshadowed by the power visuals of Debbie's image displayed on her album cover. The album features an early fusion of funk, rock and soul that would become the trademark of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. The album reached #6 in the U.K. charts with a Silver disc certification and #25 in the U.S, with a gold disc certification. The singles spawned from this album were: Backfired (#43 U.S., #32 U.K.), The Jam Was Moving (#82 U.K.), Chrome, which was only released in Peru. Now I Know You Know, had a promo video to accompany it. The videos for Backfired and Now I Know You Know are very distinctive. The one for Backfired shows a dark-haired Harry dancing against a superimposed backdrop of Giger's distinctive artwork while the one for Now I Know You Know features Debbie in a long black wig, bodypainted as a skeleton coming out of a mummy's coffin. The album was reissued in 1994 by EMI with two bonus tracks and the following year was again reissued by Razor & Tie but this time with only one bonus track.


1-) Jump Jump.
2-) The Jam Was Moving.
3-) Chrome.
4-) Surrender.
5-) Inner City Spillover.
6-) Backfired.
7-) Now I Know You Know.
8-) Under Arrest.
9-) Military Rap.
10-) Oasis.

Rockbird (1986)

Debbie Harry's second studio album, Rockbird, was released on November 29, 1986. It was Debbie's first solo album since Blondie's separation. It was produced by Seth Justman, a key member of the J. Geils Band. There were five variations of the album artwork with the lettering either green, orange, purple, pink or yellow. The album peaked at #31 in the U.K., eventually receiving a gold disc certification by the BPI. It charted at #97 in the U.S. The singles spawned from this album were: French Kissin' in the U.S.A. (#8 U.K., #57 U.S.), which was her only Top 10 single in the U.K.; In Love with Love (#45 U.K.), and Free to Fall (#46 U.K.).


1-) I Want You.
2-) French Kissin' in the U.S.A.
3-) Buckle Up.
4-) In Love with Love.
5-) You Got Me in Trouble.
6-) Free to Fall.
7-) Rockbird.
8-) Secret Life.
9-) Beyond the Limit.

Def, Dumb & Blonde (1989)

Debbie's Harry third studio album, Def Dumb & Blonde, was released on October 28, 1989. It is Debbie's first solo album in which was released under Deborah Harry instead of Debbie Harry as she had always done. She used a variety of producers, including Mike Chapman, who had previously produced Blondie's albums from Parallel Lines up to The Hunter. Also, Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie from Thompson Twins produced the album. The album charted at #123 in the U.S., and #12 in the U.K, receiving a Silver certification by the BPI. The singles released from here were: I Want That Man (#13 U.K.), Kiss It Better, Brite Side (#59 U.K.), Sweet and Low (#57 U.K.), and Maybe for Sure (#89 U.K.). The file uploaded here will be the CD version of this record. Missing Persons' drummer Terry Bozzio played drums in this album.

LP Tracklist:

1-) I Want That Man.
2-) Lovelight.
3-) Kiss It Better.
4-) Maybe for Sure.
5-) Calmarie.
6-) Get Your Way.
7-) Sweet and Low.
8-) He Is So.
9-) Brite Side.
10-) Bugeye.
11-) End of the Run.

CD Tracklist:

1-) I Want That Man.
2-) Lovelight.
3-) Kiss It Better.
4-) Bike Boy.
5-) Get Your Way.
6-) Maybe for Sure.
7-) I'll Never Fall in Love.
8-) Calmarie.
9-) Sweet and Low.
10-) He Is So.
11-) Bugeye.
12-) Comic Books.
13-) Forced to Live.
14-) Brite Side.
15-) End of the Run.


Debravation (1993)

Debravation is Deborah Harry's fourth studio album, released in August, 1993. The album reached #24 in the U.K. It was also the final album Harry made whilst signed to the Chrysalis label, thus ending a successful partnership that began with Blondie and had endured for over 15 years. The first single from the album was the dance track "I Can See Clearly", which reached no.23 in the UK. The second single, ballad "Strike Me Pink", had a controversial promotional video that was banned for being too disturbing - it featured a man in a glass tank filled with water, as Harry sits and watches him drown. The U.S. version of the album contained two additional tracks. "My Last Date (With You)" includes instrumental backing from R.E.M. (signed to Warner Bros. Records, a sister label to Sire and Reprise). Debravation was re-issued in 2005 by label Wounded Bird Records. The singles released from this album were: I Can See Clearly (#23 U.K.) and Strike Me Pink (#46 U.K.). NOTE: The U.S. bonus tracks ARE in the uploaded file. :)


1-) I Can See Clearly.
2-) Stability.
3-) Strike Me Pink.
4-) Rain.
5-) Communion.
6-) Lip Service.
7-) Mood Ring.
8-) Keep on Going.
9-) Dancing Down the Moon.
10-) Standing in My Way.
11-) The Fugitive.
12-) Dog Star Girl.
13-) My Last Date (With You) (U.S. bonus track).
14-) Teardrops (U.S. bonus track).

Necessary Evil (2007)

Necessary Evil, is the fifth solo album by the American singer Deborah Harry. Released in September 2007, it is Harry's first solo album in 14 years. The album contains 14 tracks (17 tracks in some territories), including the first single "Two Times Blue", released on the iTunes Store June 6, 2007. Harry promoted the album on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2007, performing a number of songs from the album. Upon its release in the UK, it debuted at number 86. In the US, it debuted at #37 on the independent chart. In several interviews, Harry said the album was recorded slowly. At first, the project was just a handful of songs from over a few years that she'd never intended to grow into a full album. However, before she knew it, she was working with a production team and found herself on the Eleven Seven Music label. The initial release date was set for the end of summer, but it was continuously pushed back until its release in autumn. On January 18, 2008, an official music video for "If I Had You" was released[4] and on Harry's official blog, she stated the song was the planned second single. The singles spawned from this album were: Two Times Blue and If I Had You.


1-) Two Times Blue.

2-) School for Scandal.

3-) If I Had You.

4-) Deep End.

5-) Love with a Vengeance.

6-) Necessary Evil.

7-) Charm Redux.

8-) You're Too Hot.

9-) Dirty and Deep.

10-) What Is Love.

11-) Whiteout.

12-) Needless to Say.

13-) Heat of the Moment.

14-) Charm Alarm.

15-) Jen Jen.

16-) Naked Eye.

17-) Paradise.




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