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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

Debbie Harry … ‘YouTube and Google are profiting from the law. Artists are not.’

 

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

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