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2013-07-01 05:56:07 AM
I have always loathed that song.
 
2013-07-01 06:01:22 AM
one way or another....

time will get ya.
 
2013-07-01 06:24:04 AM
I was in the grocery store just yesterday and Heart of Glass was playing in the background. I haven't heard the song in years and forgot how farking awesome it is.

JackalRabbit: one way or another....

time will get ya.


So will the Swiffer WetJet.
 
2013-07-01 07:33:07 AM
Picture it, NYC 1976:  Hanging outside of the corner deli  with my fellow teenage delinquent friends.  Old black Checker Cab pulls up.  Out pops Blondie and some photographer.  They start doing a photo shoot across the street, in front of a flag that was painted on an old building.  Then they come over and ask us all to start posing with them.  Photog takes a bunch of shots, they hang out  for a while and leave.  There was much teen hormones raging that day.  Of course non of us were smart enough to ask for the photog's info, so never got any copies of the pics.  Never saw them in print anywhere over the years, so no idea what it was for.  But even back then, while she was hot, she still looked pretty rough up close.

/CSB.
 
2013-07-01 08:30:06 AM

2xhelix: But even back then, while she was hot, she still looked pretty rough up close.


Yeah, well, spending time in the videodrome will do that to you.

/All hail the new flesh.
 
2013-07-01 09:31:11 AM
Write a song that is 45 seconds long, repeat seven times, profit. Yay, cocaine music!
 
2013-07-01 09:39:27 AM

Therion: Write a song that is 45 seconds long, repeat seven times, profit. Yay, cocaine music!


Play two chords from 50s. Yay, revolution!
 
2013-07-01 09:41:18 AM

BarkingUnicorn: I have always loathed that song.


It was the era when every band did one reggae song. I hope someone won a big farking bet for that.
 
2013-07-01 09:47:19 AM
Wish they had played together at the HOF.
 
2013-07-01 09:55:06 AM
"Heart of Glass" just popped up on Spotify right before I saw the link.  Weird.
 
2013-07-01 10:03:50 AM
Her "Man from Mars" rap at the end of "Rapture" is much worse than this.
 
2013-07-01 10:17:11 AM
Got-damn Fark.....fark you, you frikkin' haters.


\Goes to Youtoob to find Rapture....
 
2013-07-01 10:17:22 AM

Therion: Write a song that is 45 seconds long, repeat seven times, profit. Yay, cocaine music!


Actually, that song was done originally by The Paragons, and a relatively early ska tune. Ska, oddly enough, is older than rock and roll. The Paragons were John Holt's original band, and they were one of the pioneers of rocksteady, taking healthy influence of early soul music from the states, and melding it with very much original Jamaican vocals. Considering the First Wave popularity, it's not surprising that Blondie borrowed John Holt's tune. A lot of acts from the late 1970s and early 80s were influenced by reggae and ska--look at The Police as a for instance. And yes, Blondie did the tune, with permission. New Wave looked around for a lot of influences, and ska was indeed one of them, and they took a song that Holt did in Jamaica that was popular, and made him a fair chunk of change, and got a lot of folks interested in the style.
 
2013-07-01 10:22:04 AM
I would say rocksteady not ska but that's just me being picky.  Great tune.
 
2013-07-01 10:29:32 AM
nip
 
2013-07-01 10:30:24 AM

JWMcLoud: Her "Man from Mars" rap at the end of "Rapture" is much worse than this.


Interesting thing is, it was very popular at the time and did help to boost rap into the mainstream.

From Wiki:
"While it was not the first single featuring rapping to be commercially successful, it was the first to top the charts. Its lyrics were especially notable for namechecking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash."
 
2013-07-01 10:35:53 AM
Ever once in a while?

/sigh
 
2013-07-01 10:45:45 AM
Oh, your hair is beautiful.
Oh, tonight.
 
2013-07-01 10:57:14 AM
Thanks for the info, hubie. The short-clips-endlessly-repeated thing from songs of this era has been earworming me recently, and it's hard not to notice.
 
2013-07-01 11:03:15 AM

Superjew: I would say rocksteady not ska but that's just me being picky.  Great tune.


A lot of folks don't realize exactly how old ska is. Or that rocksteady and reggae sprang from those roots. It was a very natural progression, as folks poked and prodded and played with the style. Heck, the Skatilites are STILL playing, albeit with a revolving membership, and they got their start in 1964. When I was at the Iron Horse, it was always amazing to see these legends get up on stage, and do their thing.
 
2013-07-01 11:06:16 AM

Fear the Clam: BarkingUnicorn: I have always loathed that song.

It was the era when every band did one reggae song. I hope someone won a big farking bet for that.


On Behind the Music they said the group did a lot of reggae in their early days.  Heart of Glass for instance, the producer of the album said when the band first played it for him it was reggae.
 
2013-07-01 11:14:50 AM
/puts on some Judas Priest to get that way too catchy song out of his head
 
2013-07-01 11:33:03 AM
Deborah Harry is 68 today. Best excuse ever to once again watch the famous mopping the floor sequence from "The Tide is High" "Rapture"

If Subby means "mopping up the floor" as "Randy Marsh at the computer", then FTFY.
 
2013-07-01 11:33:35 AM

Therion: Write a song that is 45 seconds long, repeat seven times, profit. Yay, cocaine music!


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Approve
 
2013-07-01 11:50:10 AM
Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out she took it in the ass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Much of mistrust, but took it in the behind
 
2013-07-01 11:53:51 AM
Dreaming is my personal fave.   No floor mopping.  Just lip-sync and confetti.  But sometimes that's enough.
 
2013-07-01 12:08:11 PM
Call me.
 
2013-07-01 12:14:58 PM
Many an impure thought sent her way over the years.
 
2013-07-01 12:28:06 PM

2xhelix: Picture it, NYC 1976:  Hanging outside of the corner deli  with my fellow teenage delinquent friends.  Old black Checker Cab pulls up.  Out pops Blondie and some photographer.  They start doing a photo shoot across the street, in front of a flag that was painted on an old building.  Then they come over and ask us all to start posing with them.  Photog takes a bunch of shots, they hang out  for a while and leave.  There was much teen hormones raging that day.  Of course non of us were smart enough to ask for the photog's info, so never got any copies of the pics.  Never saw them in print anywhere over the years, so no idea what it was for.  But even back then, while she was hot, she still looked pretty rough up close.

/CSB.


I kind of hate you a little now.
Still, I had LA punk in the early 80's.
Not quite the same but, not bad either.
 
2013-07-01 12:32:25 PM
If you looked her name up in a phone book it would say Harry, Deborah
 
2013-07-01 12:34:42 PM
Actual music be damned, what was with the weird Darth Vader-y ripoff in the video?

P.S.  Have to admit I always liked "Rapture" because it came out not long after I read Stranger in a Strange Land for the first time.  (So sue me.)
 
2013-07-01 12:40:57 PM
When I was in highschool we had a greasy spoon down the road that had little juke boxes at every table.

We went for breakfast one day and loaded 8 quarters into the jukebox and picked a bunch of Johnny Cash, Zeppelin, Doors and Elvis songs.

'Tide is High' starts playing.  We all assumed that we'd made a mistake punching something in.  As soon as it was over, it started again.  Turns out it was the only song that worked and we heard it 8 times as we ate our bacon and eggs and it got funnier and funnier every time.  Can't hear the opening bars without starting to giggle.
 
2013-07-01 12:45:38 PM
 
2013-07-01 12:59:55 PM
Fade Away + Radiate

Dusty frames that still arrive
Die in nineteen fifty-five.

my favorite fave of their repertoire.
 
2013-07-01 01:09:06 PM
Why is Darth Vader in a Blondie video?
 
2013-07-01 01:19:07 PM
Not enough blow in the farking world to make that sensible.
 
2013-07-01 01:20:59 PM

Sinbox: Fade Away + Radiate

Dusty frames that still arrive
Die in nineteen fifty-five.

my favorite fave of their repertoire.


mine as well . . . classic
 
2013-07-01 01:53:47 PM
met her in '78 just after Plastic Letters came out...Still got the autofraphed album covers....
Live at the Beat Club 1978
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qWvlG6uOIA
 
2013-07-01 02:02:57 PM

escherblacksmith: Sinbox: Fade Away + Radiate

Dusty frames that still arrive
Die in nineteen fifty-five.

my favorite fave of their repertoire.

mine as well . . . classic


Respect.

While there are just enough good songs on all of their other songs to make one decent album (perhaps also one killer e.p), Parallel Lines is really all the Blondie one'll ever need.
 
2013-07-01 02:04:24 PM
...other songs albums...

got distracted by a really nice bum at eye level.
 
2013-07-01 02:08:31 PM

hubiestubert: Therion: Write a song that is 45 seconds long, repeat seven times, profit. Yay, cocaine music!

Actually, that song was done originally by The Paragons, and a relatively early ska tune. Ska, oddly enough, is older than rock and roll. The Paragons were John Holt's original band, and they were one of the pioneers of rocksteady, taking healthy influence of early soul music from the states, and melding it with very much original Jamaican vocals. Considering the First Wave popularity, it's not surprising that Blondie borrowed John Holt's tune. A lot of acts from the late 1970s and early 80s were influenced by reggae and ska--look at The Police as a for instance. And yes, Blondie did the tune, with permission. New Wave looked around for a lot of influences, and ska was indeed one of them, and they took a song that Holt did in Jamaica that was popular, and made him a fair chunk of change, and got a lot of folks interested in the style.


This. Points off for not mentioning mento, or maybe Laurel Aitken, but very solid history schooling.
 
2013-07-01 02:10:22 PM

nmiguy: Why is Darth Vader in a Blondie video?


It was the onion on the belt of the '80s.
 
2013-07-01 02:12:20 PM
Also, I'll just leave this here. If that's rough, call me 60 grit.
 
2013-07-01 02:17:57 PM
Clem Burke really made that band, IMHO.  Pretty amazing how much drumming makes a difference between a pedestrian song   and a dynamic single.
 
2013-07-01 02:19:53 PM

Sinbox: escherblacksmith: Sinbox: Fade Away + Radiate

Dusty frames that still arrive
Die in nineteen fifty-five.

my favorite fave of their repertoire.

mine as well . . . classic

Respect.

While there are just enough good songs on all of their other songs to make one decent album (perhaps also one killer e.p), Parallel Lines is really all the Blondie one'll ever need.


I've always had a thing for their take on Doo Wop, with Denis...

I blame it for my affection for April March doing a whole album of French pop tunes.
 
2013-07-01 02:43:22 PM

hubiestubert: Sinbox: escherblacksmith: Sinbox: Fade Away + Radiate

Dusty frames that still arrive
Die in nineteen fifty-five.

my favorite fave of their repertoire.

mine as well . . . classic

Respect.

While there are just enough good songs on all of their other songs to make one decent album (perhaps also one killer e.p), Parallel Lines is really all the Blondie one'll ever need.

I've always had a thing for their take on Doo Wop, with Denis...

I blame it for my affection for April March doing a whole album of French pop tunes.


Oh, yeah.
That's definitely a keeper.

The band just got...less musically interesting to me as they went on. There were probably 4 songs on Eat To The Beat I fully loved,  5 songs from Autoamerican I thought were better than ok (and the OP's linked song wasn't one of them.) and maybe one or two on each of their three comeback attempts. Parallel Lines is just where it all artistically came together and then slowly faded away (in my singular opinion). It's one of those rare cultural events: a massively popular album that's fully worthy of the avalanche of kudos dumped upon it.

I will say Miss Harry was the ambulatory paragon of sex and coolness during my youth and young adulthood. And as a person she's still quite the awesome (from what i read and hear. She's gorgeous for 68 and I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't (just to say I did).

She was doing the Diana Krall-esque jazz/torch singer thing for awhile. Saw her perform that. Didn't feel my money or time was wasted.
 
2013-07-01 02:49:55 PM
This song is apparently haunting me this week...
I almost never heard it in the past year,
but I heard it 3 times on the radio this week,
once at a wedding reception this weekend,
and now this video..... garrghghghg.....
 
2013-07-01 02:55:47 PM
...and the less said about The Hunter the better off we'll all be.
 
2013-07-01 03:07:21 PM
. She's  still gorgeous for at 68 and I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't (just to know I did).

reworked (because it was buggin' me). And, I'm done.

I hope she has a fabulous b-day.
 
2013-07-01 05:07:52 PM
Just a tie-in to the Selena Gomez thread up higher:
http://www.fashionserialkiller.com/2010/07/camel-toe-or-no-panties.h tm l NSFW
 
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