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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”.

Official video of Blondie performing X Offender from the album Blondie

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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

BLONDIE – ” Fun “

Posted: February 15, 2017 in MUSIC
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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

Love this mash up really fits both songs so well, two of the biggest rock icons ever,

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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

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A storming set of Blondie hits at Glastonbury 2014, celebrating their 40th Anniversary,

 

 

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