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The song that burst Blondie out of the streets of the Bowery to No #1 on the charts almost everywhere, “Heart of Glass” was the pivotal moment in punk’s choreographed slamdance with the mainstream. Inspired by Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, Blondie transformed their campy “Once I Had A Love” into a Roland-driven juggernaut and never looked back. Explored and exploded via six distinct versions remastered from the original analog tapes, the history of “Heart of Glass” is documented here in a copious essay and it’s art reimagined by noted American illustrator Shepard Fairey.

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“X Offender” was meant to introduce Blondie to the world, though its debut single (and opening track from its first, self-titled album) It only became a success thanks to its B-side, after an Australian TV station played the more Phil Spector-ish pop song “In The Flesh” instead. You can see why some might have balked at “X Offender.” Bassist Gary Valentine wrote the song—originally titled “Sex Offender,” before the label intervened about an 18-year-old arrested for having sex with his underage girlfriend.

Then Debbie Harry changed the lyrics to make it a love story about a prostitute who falls for the cop who busts her. Either way, it’s touchy subject matter, especially for a debut. But “X Offender” still functions as a perfect salvo for the band, sounding both nostalgic (with its surf guitar and a spoken-word intro worthy of The Ronettes) and ahead of its time (layered with the kind of sweet-sounding synths that would come to define candy-coated ’80s new wave). Giving voice to the song’s narrator, Harry sounds smitten, menacing, and fully in control of the situation (“I think all the time how I’m going to perpetrate love with you / And when I get out, there’s no doubt I’ll be sex offensive to you”), her regal, commanding rock persona already fully formed.

Private Stock insisted that the name of the single be changed to “X Offender” because they were nervous about the original title. It was released in mid-1976 with the B-side being “In the Sun”. While the song did not chart, Chrysalis Records heard it along with the Blondie album and signed the band. “X Offender” later served as the B-side to “Rip Her to Shreds”.

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With a wink at “Heart of Glass,” references to the Bowery and a heaving sonic drive, Blondie delivered this buzzy bit of dance-rock that looks backwards but sounds modern. Debbie Harry, who co-wrote the tune with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, still can work her disaffected sex appeal on that breathy lead-in to the chorus: “Take me then lose me / Then tell them I’m yours.” .

Harry co-wrote “Long Time” with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. The song appears on the New Wave icons’ recently issued 11th album release, Pollinator. the band released the song’s frenetic video, in which Harry drives a taxi cab chaotically through New York City.

The John Congleton-produced album also features other collaborations with Sia, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, the Strokes’ Nick Valensi and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek (who co-wrote lead single “Fun”).

Official video for “Long Time” from the upcoming album “Pollinator” out 5/5/17

 

Blondie have unveiled a sprawling and exhilarating rendition of “Fragments,” the closing track from their forthcoming new album release “Pollinator” due out May 5th. Vancouver Indie artist “Unkindness” the musical project of Adam Johnston – released “Fragments” in 2010.

On their version, Blondie flip Johnston’s folk ballad into a prog-tinged epic that begins with a spaced-out intro and morphs suddenly into a driving rocker. While a rollicking piano recalls the stripped-down instrumentals of Johnston’s original, Blondie inject their rendition of “Fragments” with delirious synths, roaring guitar and gritty bass while Debbie Harry unleashes a vocal performance packed with plenty of potent theatricality.

“Fragments” follows previously other released Pollinator tracks “Fun” a collaboration with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, and the track “Long Time” which was co written with Blood Orange Dev Hynes.

Pollinator will also feature contributions from Sia, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, former Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr and the Strokes’ Nick Valensi.

Blondie are to embark on a Co-Headlining Tour with Garbage.

Official audio for “Fragments” from the upcoming album “Pollinator” out 5/5/17

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Blondie have released a new single, the insanely catchy ‘Long Time’.

The hooky perfect pop single is the latest taste from their forthcoming album “Pollinator”, to be released on May 5th. “Long Time” captures Blondie’s signature disco-tinged punk sound with a big mix of synths and guitars that pulse beneath a rush of cymbals. “I’ve been running circles round a night that never ends,” sings Harry, “I’ve been chasing heartache in a city and a friend/ I’ve been with you so long, even seen you lose/ But who cares?”

‘Long Time’ was written with Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, and is basically a rewrite of their 1979 classic ‘Heart Of Glass’. The similarities were supposedly intentional; the song “channels a deliberate echo” according to the official press release, and we can’t imagine the resemblance escaped a band who have had to perform that song at every single show for close to forty years.

Pollinator is shaping up to be quite the collaborative album, with Joan Jett, Johnny Marr, Nick Valensi from The Strokes, Sia, and Charlie XCX among the guests featured.

Blondie performing “Long Time” from the upcoming album “Pollinator” out 5/5/17

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The Jesus And Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album ‘Damage and Joy’ on March 24th, their first since ‘Munki’, back in the summer of 1998. The Reid brothers have enlisted the help of super (as in cool, not megabucks!) producer Youth and he has coaxed and cajoled these perma-scrapping siblings (still, even now!!) into producing a magnificent distillation of everything we’ve come to love about their sound.

Fuzzed up trashy or broken and blue, Jim’s honeyed voice takes us over familiar territory while William scuzzes things up in the wings. The songs are all classic Mary Chain.
With the help of Isobel Campbell, Sky Ferreira and the Reids’ own sister Linda on vocals, there’s also a freshness to their palette, bringing their much imitated sound back up to date, here in the now.  It’s great to have them back!

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500 limited edition 12” on Cadillac pink vinyl. Manchester all-female five-piece Pins release a new EP Bad Thing, through Haus Of Pins and features Aggrophobe, their single with the legendary Iggy Pop. Following the release of their acclaimed second album Wild Nights last year, Pins went back into the studio to work on new tracks. Recorded in a studio on the Scottish Borders last October and produced by Mark Vernon and the band themselves, the EP features 5 new tracks, which includes a cover of Joy Division’s Dead Souls. The EP opens with the teasing Bad Thing before moving into the addictive Aggrophobe, featuring Iggy Pop’s iconic vocal, leading onto the chant-like pop of All Hail and the dreamy and synth-laden In Nightmares, before ending with Pins own take on Dead Souls. The four new tracks are synonymous with Pins’ sound but also showcase a vigorous, more mature side to the band, making up a solid and impressive musical body of work.

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Desperate Journalist release their second album, Grow Up, ostensibly eleven tracks of rocketing leftfield delights propelled forth with thundering rhythms, thunderously spectacular guitar and Jo Bevan’s thunderstruck vocals. Such is intense life with Desperate Journalist, one of the most potent, important DIY bands lurking on the underground scene right now.

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They began as a fictional band from a fictional town featured on the Eccentronic Research Council’s 2015 concept album Johnny Rocket, Narcissist And Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan. Now The Moonlandingz have lurched, sticky and bleeding, into the real world and are releasing the first great album of 2017. Interplanetary Class Classics, released on Transgressive Records, is a feast of swirling juddering synths, wailing guitars, motorik stomp and extraordinary songwriting. The Moonlandingz have proven themselves to be one of the best live bands in the UK (“Magnificent, cosmic and batshit!” said The Quietus. “Feral antics and louche anarchy!” said The Guardian) and now they’ve produced an album of proper weird catchy glorious filthy pop.
The Moonlandingz is Eccentronic Research Council’s Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer in cahoots with Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi (aka frontman Johnny Rocket) and Saul Adamczewski. They recorded the album with Sean Lennon at his studio in upstate New York. Also on the record: Randy Jones the Cowboy from The Village People, Rebecca Taylor from Slow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor, Phil Oakey and YOKO fucking ONO, who sings and yowls on epic closer This Cities Undone.

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Sonic Jesus is an Italian musical project lead by multi-instrumentalist Tiziano Veronese. Since signing to Fuzz Club, the project has released a split single with The Black Angels and been remixed by Sonic Boom aka Pete Kember. Their internationally acclaimed debut ‘Neither Virtue Nor Anger’; an industrial barrage of hypnotic, dark psychedelia. Sonic Jesus’ new album ‘Grace’ goes beyond the past boundaries, pushing towards enthralling melodic horizons and modern pounding beats, delivered by a new-found pop sensibility. There’s still a darkness brooding beneath the noise but these new tracks see the project take on a magnificent and insatiable new form.

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Limited to 1000 Copies. Long Time is the second single off Blondie’s new album Pollinator and comes backed with exclusive B-Side Breaks.

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On her first proper album as Jay Som, Melina Duterte, 22, solidifies her rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. If last year’s aptly named Turn Into compilation showcased a fuzz-loving artist in flux – chronicling her mission to master bedroom recording – then the rising Oakland star’s latest, Everybody Works, is the LP equivalent of mission accomplished. Duterte is as DIY as ever – writing, recording, playing, and producing every sound beyond a few backing vocals – but she takes us places we never could have imagined, wedding lo-fi rock to hi-fi home orchestration, and weaving evocative autobiographical poetry into energetic punk, electrified folk, and dreamy alt-funk. Everybody Works was made in three furious, caffeinated weeks. She came home from the road, moved into a new apartment, set up her bedroom studio and dove in. Duterte even ditched most of her demos, writing half the LP on the spot and making lushly composed pieces like Lipstick Stains all the more impressive. While the guitar-grinding Jay Som we first fell in love with still reigns on shoegazey shredders like 1 Billion Dogs and in the melodic distortions of Take It, we also get the sublimely spacious synth-pop beauty of Remain, and the luxe, proggy funk of One More Time, Please.

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Fifth album (third for Full Time Hobby) from Samantha Crain, following 2015’s “Under Branch & Thorn & Tree” and the 2014 album “Kid Face.”

Written over 4 months at the back end of winter whilst at home in Norman, Oklahoma, You Had Me At Goodbye was penned whilst Samantha was working shifts at a pizza place to save up money for touring, recording, paying bills, and as a self-confessed ‘film nerd,’ binge watching movies. “Oklahoma is beautiful but my relationship with it is complicated. There are mountains, plains, prairies, rolling hills, high deserts and plateaus, with an amazing creative community of people making beautiful visual art, interesting films and loud music. But it’s extremely Christian, conservative, and whilst people say it’s ‘friendly,’ really, people are only friendly if you’re white and aren’t dressed unconventionally. I feel welcome and alienated all at once.”
Bolstered by the visionary production of John Vanderslice (Spoon, the Mountain Goats, Strand of Oaks), mixed and engineered by Jacob Winik (The Magnetic Fields, Hot Buttered Rum), Samantha returned to the Bay Area in California to, once again, record the album in analog at Tiny Telephone Studio.

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Iggy Pop had hit bottom after the messy breakup of the Stooges and he needed help, and when friend and fan David Bowie offered to lend him a hand, he was smart and grateful enough to accept. Bowie produced Iggy’s first solo album, The Idiot, and after Iggy set up a tour to promote the record, Bowie put together the band and tagged along as their keyboard player. Bowie’s presence insured a larger audience than Iggy had attracted during the grim final days of his band, and he was determined to prove he could deliver the goods without making a spectacle of himself or collapsing into a drug-sodden heap on-stage. Unfortunately, anyone familiar with Iggy’s body of work knows the last thing you want from one of his live shows is a professional-sounding performance without a sense of danger, and unfortunately, that’s what the audience got during this March 21st, 1977 show in Cleveland, OH, part of a three-night stand Iggy and the band would perform at the Agora Ballroom. Iggy & Ziggy: Cleveland ’77 finds Iggy in fine voice, and at a time when he had a lot to prove, he leaves no doubt he was a solid musician and showman, singing with a sense of control and dynamics he couldn’t approach with the Raw Power-era Stooges. However, Iggy also seems clearly afraid to push this material too far, and the caution robs the songs (nine of which are drawn from the Stooges‘ songbook) of much of their life force. Even worse, guitarist Ricky Gardiner doesn’t seem to know what to do with the Stooges material — he’s at least as skillful as Ron Asheton or James Williamson, but his attack is so toothless and polite that he reduces some of the greatest rock songs ever to mush. (Bowie’s keyboards are not nearly as ill-advised but they don’t fit the old material very well, though Hunt Sales and Tony Sales are a great rhythm section who do what they can to give Iggy the energy he needs.) Some of the material from this show also appeared on Iggy’s lamentable live album TV Eye Live.

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Blondie host a psychedelic Martian rave in their wild video for new single “Fun.” The clip opens with a dazed astronaut hurtling through space and landing on the red planet, as Debbie Harry and company perform their pulsating disco track in black and white. The two realms eventually collide at a mind-altering nightclub scene inspired by the band’s experiences in 1970s New York City.

Director Dikayl Rimmasch (Beyoncé’s Lemonade film, Formation World Tour) praised Harry’s “beautifully enigmatic” presence in a statement about the video. “It was amazing to be on the other side of the glass from her when those ‘Debbie moments’ happened,” he said. “It felt like I had stepped into a parallel dimension.”
“Fun” is the first track from “Pollinator”, Blondie’s upcoming album will be their 11th LP release, due out May 5th. The eclectic set features collaborations with Sia, Blood Orange frontman Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, the Strokes’ Nick Valensi and Smiths icon Johnny Marr, among others.
Blondie will unite with Garbage this summer for a co-headlining North American trek. The Rage and Rapture Tour.

Blondie performing “Fun” from the upcoming album “Pollinator” out 5/5/17

The Empty Hearts are four guys with impressive musical résumés who’ve joined together to play music they love — simple, straightforward, but soulful rock & roll informed by ’60s garage rock and British Invasion sounds. The Empty Hearts feature Wally Palmar of the Romantics on lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and harmonica; Elliot Easton of the Cars on lead guitar and vocals; Andy Babiuk of the Chesterfield Kings on bass and vocals; and Clem Burke of Blondie on drums and vocals. The Empty Hearts is a rocking record that contains a dozen tracks produced by Ed Stasium (The Ramones, Living Colour, etc.)
There are no big egos dominating the disc; rather, it’s just four guys who are playing new songs inspired by old bands — the bands that made them want to get into rock and roll in the first place. And rock and roll they do!, Plus the name was given to them by Steve Van Zandt.

 

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Something really special as ELO and Jeff Lynne  returned to the stage after 28 years and performed in Hyde Park for the Festival In A  Day, playing all the hits, an amazing concert broadcast on BBC last night. The festival also had on the bill legendary Blondie , Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Bellowhead the 12 piece Folk band, Paloma Faith and Kacey Musgraves plus the soul of Billy Ocean…ELO who had 26 top selling singles in the 70’s and 80’s also were accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. the set list

All Over The World, Evil Woman, Mama Belle, Showdown, Livin Thing, Strange Magic, 10538 Overture, Can’t Get It Out Of My Mind, Sweet Talkin Woman, Turn to Stone, Steppin Out, Handle With Care, Don’t Bring Me Down, Rock and Roll Is King, Telephone Line, Mr Blue Sky, Roll Over Beethoven,

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Blondie’s Debbie Harry celebrates her 69th birthday today born in Miami in Florida, Besides being the vocalist for new wave-punk rock band BLONDIE , Debbie has had a solo career and an actress in over 30 movies and television roles. before finding fame with Blondie she had also been secretry for the BBC’s office in New York City a waitress at Max’s Kansas City, a go go dancer and a Playboy bunny