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Blondie’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!

As they reissue their 1981 festive EP Yuletide Throwdown, we rate the best of the New York band who strutted through punk, disco and pop with absolute coolWhen it came to picking cover versions, you couldn’t fault Chris Stein and Debbie Harry’s taste, hence this slickly appealing take on the Paragons’ John Holt-penned 1967 single. Extra points for the video, which involves Darth Vader, a flooded apartment and a dancer unaccountably dressed as Pan – it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Contin...
Tags: Music, New York, Culture, Pop and rock, Darth Vader, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, John Holt

Watch Blondie's Debbie Harry on a pogo stick explaining the punk Pogo dance (1978)

Here's the great Debbie Harry of Blondie explaining the Pogo dance on a 1978 episode of TV Party, the iconic NYC public access cable TV program hosted by Glenn O'Brien and Blondie's Chris Stein. From Wikipedia: In The Filth and the Fury, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious claimed that he invented the pogo sometime around 1976 at punk shows in the early days of London's punk scene. Vicious supposedly invented the dance as a way of mocking people who came to see Sex Pistols' performances, but w...
Tags: Video, Music, London, Wikipedia, Pink Floyd, Dancing, Punk, Syd Barrett, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Tottenham Court Road, Sid, Shane MacGowan, Chris Stein, Sid Vicious, Viv Albertine

When Debbie Harry Combined Artistic Forces with H.R. Giger

After four years of phenomenal chart success, the band Blondie went on hiatus in 1981. While Debbie Harry pursued the acting she had started in punk rock filmmaker Amos Poe’s works, she also went the solo album route. On paper, this album, KooKoo, must have looked like a surefire hit: Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards from the band Chic were brought in to write and produce, hot on the heels of their successful resuscitation of Diana Ross’s career the year before. Harry and boyfriend/band m...
Tags: Google, Music, Heavy Metal, New York, College, David Cronenberg, Palmer, Harry, Ridley Scott, Cole Porter, Diana Ross, Blondie, Facebook Twitter, Debbie Harry, Emerson Lake, KCRW

Face It: A Memoir

An autobiography by punk icon Debbie Harry, Face It: A Memoir was crafted by Harry and music writer Sylvie Simmons. The fascinating tome is full of history, anecdotes and wild tales, but steers clear of being a full-on confessional—which perfectly suits Harry’s impeccably crafted Blondie persona. From her teenage years to moving to New York, meeting Chris Stein, her rise to fame and the creation …
Tags: Books, Music, New York, Design, NYC, Reading, Rock, Punk, Harry, Non-fiction, Autobiography, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Sylvie Simmons, Memoirs

Travis Scott, Maggie Rogers Pledge Merch $'s To Abortion Ban Battle, Billie Eilish Speaks Out

A growing chorus of musicians and other celebrities are speaking out in opposition to recent attempts in Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere ban abortions, with two artists also pledging a days proceeds from their merchandise sales to Planned Parenthood. “I have no words for the bitches in the f–king White House,” 17 year old pop sensation Billie Eilish told Variety. “It’s so unbelievable. It makes me, like, red. It makes my ears f–ing steam out of my head. Women should say, should do and feel a...
Tags: Music, White House, Alabama, Harry, Travis Scott, Bruce Houghton, Blondie, Variety, Billie Eilish, Alabama Georgia, Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, Maggie Rogers, Gulf Shores Alabama, Travis Scott Maggie Rogers

A Short History of Punk: From Late 50s Rockabilly and Garage Rock to The Ramones & Sex Pistols

Seems there was a time when the dominant story of punk was the story of British punk. If you knew nothing else, you knew the name Sid Vicious, and that seemed to sum it up. Maybe it was only in the mid-nineties, around the time Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain released Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk that more people began to popularly understand the lineage of late sixties garage rock, the Velvet Underground, Detroit’s Iggy and the Stooges, and the early CBGB scene in ...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Atlantic, Britain, Patti Smith, Detroit, Elvis, Iggy, David Byrne, Cbgb, Wray, Iggy Pop, Ramones, Facebook Twitter

Chris, Milan and Frank

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Blondie's Chris Stein for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). We talked about growing up an only child in Brooklyn, his tough time in school and how he became interested in photography. Chris is a fantastic photographer who documented the 1970s and '80s in New York in all of its dangerous, broken-down and freakish glory. The guitarist's latest book of photographs from the period, Point of View: Me, New York City, and th...
Tags: England, New York, Milan, Nbc, France, New York City, Atlantic, Brooklyn, Paris, Jazz, Mansion, Wall Street Journal, Jackie, WSJ, Chris, Charles Mingus

The Popdose Comeback Club: Class of 2017 (Round 2)

There are some comebacks the world doesn’t need: Sean Spicer, Bill Cosby, another Spiderman reboot — and plenty that are long overdue: til Tuesday, Lone Justice, Heathers (imagine Veronica & friends navigating the adult world), and a big budget Buffy & Angel movie. In the music world, something incredible has been happening since the dawn of the 2010’s; beloved bands from the 70’s, 80’s and now 90’s – you know, the kind who typically milk their aging catalog on the nostalgia circuit – came roari...
Tags: Music, UK, New York, Taylor Swift, Wikipedia, US, Bbc, Portugal, Broadway, Mark Ronson, Sia, Nashville, Warhol, Lulu, Jezebel, Stevie Nicks

Joan Jett in new Blondie video

Enjoy the dark (very dark) comedy of this new Blondie video for the track "Doom or Destiny," starring Joan Jett and Debbie Harry anchoring an apocalyptic newscast about global warming, nuclear war, and, of course, President Trump. From Rolling Stone: Blondie guitarist Chris Stein – who co-wrote "Doom or Destiny" with Harry – likened the clip to "punk-style protest." "In trying times we try harder," he said. "Politics have become the new pop culture phenomena, but it seems the current land...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Protest, Harry, Blondie, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Rob Roth

Video: Blondie, ‘Doom or Destiny,’ feat. Joan Jett

Debbie Harry and Joan Jett star as news anchors in this Rob Roth-directed music video that offers an apocalyptic vision of current affairs, which Roth describes as “a ‘fuck you’ to what’s going on in the world and a call to arms for women everywhere.” Co-written by Harry and Blondie co-founder Chris Stein, “Doom Or Destiny” is the opening track off Blondie’s latest album, “Pollinator,” which came out in May and also features appearances by Sia, Charli XCX , the Strokes’ Nick Valensi and Blood Or...
Tags: Video, Music, Russia, Harry, Trump, Nick Valensi, Blondie, Joan Jett, Roth, Debbie Harry, Stein, Chris Stein, Rob Roth, Sia Charli XCX, Blood Orange Harry

What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Blondie, “Long Time”

Some people get crankier when they get older. They drift off and sit in front of whatever TV shows best reinforce their stereotypes and validate their disdain. But unlike decreasing metabolism and increasing detachment from the Top 40, turning into a curmudgeonly shut-in isn’t an inevitable part of aging. A lot of folks in the AARP years are beyond the petty stuff. They exude compassion and clarity. And before they go into that good night, they’re going to spend a bit more time enjoying the nigh...
Tags: Music, New York, Disco, Wikipedia, Colin Kaepernick, Broadway, Fox News, Harry, Staten Island, Dunphy, Long Time, Kessler, Blondie, AARP, Tori Amos, Foxx

Watch Blondie On CBS Sunday Morning

Blondie recently put out the new album Pollinator, and today, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein stopped by CBS This Morning for a profile on the band. Harry discusses the origins of the name Blondie, her early life and rise to success, and her lasting legacy, while Stein opens up about their relationship and his struggle … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Cbs, Cbs Sunday Morning, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Stein, Chris Stein

Concert Wrapup: Garbage and Blondie, “The Rage And Rapture Tour 2017”

July 28 brought a remarkable gathering of musical talent onstage at the historic Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey: three generations of rock in one place, two of which rightfully deserve the classification of “iconic,” and one that may get there someday soon. The Rage and Rapture Tour features alt-rock’s Garbage and the legendary Blondie out on the road for 2017. Starting out the evening was the Los Angeles-based duo Deap Vally.  The group, consisting of Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) ...
Tags: Music, Scotland, America, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Harry, Special, Patti Smith, Johnny Marr, Donald Trump, Garbage, Atomic, Hanging On The Telephone, Shirley Manson, The World Is Not Enough, Blondie

pics from the 2017 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The 35th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade started off with some rain, but still brought 3000 revelers ready to let their freak flag fly. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie presided over this year's festivities as Queen Mermaid and King Neptune. Continue reading… [Author: Amanda Hatfield]
Tags: Music, Music News, Coney Island, Blondie, Amanda Hatfield, Debbie Harry, Mermaid, Chris Stein, Photo Galleries, Mermaid Parade, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, King Neptune Continue

Blondie's Debbie Harry & Chris Stein are Queen & King of 2017 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade happens June 17. Continue reading… [Author: Bill Pearis]
Tags: Music, Music News, Tour Dates, Coney Island, Blondie, Bill Pearis, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Mermaid Parade, Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Shorties (An Excerpt from Ane Lamott's New Book, Stream the New Pornographers' New Album, and more)

Salon shared an excerpt from Anne Lamott's new books Hallelujah Anyway. NPR Music is streaming the New Pornographers' new album Whiteout Conditions. eBooks on sale for $1.50 today: After Disasters by Viet Dinh The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks by Donald Harington We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose The Course of Love by Alain de Botton Georgia O'Keefe: A Life by Roxana Robinson Henry and June by Anais Nin I'm J...
Tags: Music, Tig Notaro, David, Bob Dylan, New York Times, Christopher Hitchens, Glenn Kotche, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Literary Hub, NPR Music, Debbie Harry, Craig Finn, Anais Nin, Robert Lennon, Eula Biss, K Records

224 Books About Music in David Byrne’s Personal Library

Image by LivePict, via Wikimedia Commons The meaning of the word “library” has never been more ambiguous. When we can virtually carry library-sized collections of images, music, literature and reference data in our pockets, what are physical libraries but museums of a sort? Of course, from the point of view of librarians especially, this isn’t true in the least. Libraries are fortresses of free speech, public education, and “information literacy” at the community level. Rather than obsolete o...
Tags: Books, Music

David Lynch's Festival of Disruption: Robert Plant, Mel Brooks, St. Vincent, 'Music of Twin Peaks' & more (pics, video)

Lynch's two-day festival had almost everything you'd want (except Lynch talking about 'Twin Peaks.') Continue reading… [Author: Rob Sperry-Fromm]
Tags: Music, Movies, La, John Malkovich, Frank Gehry, Laura Dern, St Vincent, Kyle Maclachlan, Twin Peaks, David Lynch, Mel Brooks, Music News, Rob Sperry-Fromm, Lynch, Debbie Harry, Jon Hopkins

Tonight in L.A.: Kraftwerk, AWOLNATION, Xenia Rubinos, Louis Cole, Gregg Garvey, Juan Luis Guerra, Kings Kaleidoscope, Dynasty Handbag

Los Angeles concerts for Sunday: ► It’s Kraftwerkm in 3-D, at the Hollywood Bowl. ► Day 2 of the Sundown Music Festival brings AWOLNATION, Miami Horror, Robert DeLong, New Politics and more to at Huntington State Beach. ► Xenia Rubinos headlines the Echo behind her new album “Black Terry Cat,” with Camille Safiya and Ruby-Throated supporting. ► Louis Cole plays the Bootleg Theater, joined by Corey Fogel and the Brendan Eder Ensemble. ► And Gregg Garvey & the Wintergreens visit the Hi Hat, along ...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Kraftwerk, Preview, Alex, Nelson, Glass House, Brendan Eder, Riverside, Catalina Club, Largo, Johnny Travis Jr, Delta Dawns, Jack Johnson, Tina, Chris Farren

Tonight in L.A.: Flying Lotus, Chinatown Moon Fest, Long Beach Folk Revival Fest, Demi Lovato, Chance the Rapper, Butch Walker, CRX, Gavin Turek, Katie Burden, Bedrocktoberfest, Love Ghost, the Tyde, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Boogaloo Assassins

Los Angeles concerts for Saturday: ► Flying Lotus headlines Brainfeeder at the Bowl, which features a heavyweight lineup including Funkadelic featuring George Clinton and Parliament, Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces, the Gaslamp Killer and a special guest. ► The 78th Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival brings seven bands, cultural performances, artisan displays, food trucks and more to Chinatown Central Plaza. On the Live Music Stage are: Sego, Moon Honey, Sugar Fly, Brightener, GRIT, Ray & Rem...
Tags: Music, Nick Jonas, Colorado, Los Angeles, Portugal, Delta, Tigers, Demi Lovato, Parliament, Francis, Andrew Dice Clay, Garth Brooks, Chance The Rapper, Preview, Chinatown, Andy

Tonight in L.A.: Local Natives, Dawes, PAPA, Saint Motel, the Monkees, the Greyboy Allstars, Summer Moon, Colvin & Earle, Porches, the Gooch Palms, Eden, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tkay Maidza, Ninja Sex Party, Sand, Alicia Blue

Los Angeles concerts for Friday: ► Three years after their last visit to the Greek Theatre, Local Natives return for a show tonight in support of their new album “Sunlit Youth.” Charlotte Day Wilson opens. ► Dawes’ new album “We’re All Gonna Die” is out today, and they do an intimate show at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. ► On the day their new album “Kick at the Dust” is out, PAPA wind up a free Friday night residency at the Bootleg Theater, with Van William and JUNK supportin...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Monkees, Honda, Garth Brooks, Preview, The Monkees, Sand, Nelson, Eden, Wilson, Pomona, Saint Motel, Bootleg Theater, Nikolai Fraiture, Elohim

This Week’s Shows: Sept. 12-18

Upcoming Los Angeles concerts: Chinatown Summer Nights, Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, Joseph Arthur, Summer Moon, Mike Taylor, the Buttertones, Super Whatevr, Wilco, Jake Bugg, the Minders, Luca, Petty Fest, Steppe People, Joseph, Luca, Airbourne, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Beyonce, Clams Casino, Grouplove, Carabao, Syd Arthur, Heaters, Goon, Bright Light Bright Light, Future Thieves, Boyce Avenue, Gavin DeGraw, Bleached, Prophets of Rage, Cass McCombs, the Bots, Entrance, Emerson St...
Tags: Music, Featured, Kacey Musgraves, Beyonce, Nick Jonas, Wilco, Los Angeles, Portugal, Delta, Carrie Underwood, Jesus, Tigers, Demi Lovato, Parliament, Francis, Honda

When Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party Brought Klaus Nomi, Blondie & Basquiat to Public Access TV (1978-82)

“This is not a test!” the host shouts into his microphone. “This is an actuafa l show!” If you lived in New York and had cable in the late 1970s, you may have witnessed it yourself — and you may well have needed the reminder, because this show neither looked nor felt like anything that ever aired before. A fixture on public access Channel D and Channel J from 1972 to 1982, it threw down a redefinition of televisual possibilities that hasn’t just survived as a time capsule of the downtown...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, New York, Television, Interview, College, Los Angeles, David Bowie, Manhattan, Hugh Hefner, Andy Warhol, Cleveland, Seoul, Chris, Blondie

David Lynch curating LA festival with Robert Plant, St Vincent, music from 'Twin Peaks' & more

The 'Twin Peaks' music will be performed by Angelo Badalamenti with Sky Ferreira and Xiu XIu. Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Music, La, St Vincent, David Lynch, Music News, Tour Dates, Robert Plant, Blondie, Andrew Sacher, Debbie Harry, Jon Hopkins, Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch Foundation, Xiu Xiu, Chris Stein, Sky Ferreira

'Please Kill Me' 20th anniversary edition & tour announced; 'Punk' talk happening at Queens Museum

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain are putting out an expanded edition of their book 'Please Kill Me' for its 20th anniversary and celebrating on tour. Also, there's a 'Punk Magazine' talk at the Queens Museum this weekend with co-founder/cartoonist John Holmstrom, photographr Roberta Bayley, and Blondie's Chris Stein. Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Books, Music, Music News, Tour Dates, Blondie, Andrew Sacher, Ramones, Queens Museum, Punk Magazine, John Holmstrom, McNeil, Chris Stein, Arturo Vega, Ted Riederer

St. Vincent working on new Blondie LP with Johnny Marr, Sia, maybe Kanye, exploring the future of musical medicine with Peter Gabriel

Debbie Harry also says she'd "love to have Ludacris" on the new Blondie album. Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Music, Kanye West, Sia, St Vincent, Johnny Marr, Kanye, Music News, Ludacris, Albert Hammond Jr., Blondie, Andrew Sacher, Peter Gabriel, Debbie Harry, Jon Hopkins, Chris Stein, The Sync Project

Charli XCX, Johnny Marr, Sia, Albert Hammond Jr Contribute To New Blondie Album

Sia, Charli XCX, Johnny Marr, and Albert Hammond Jr have all written songs for the forthcoming Blondie album, FACT reports. Blondie co-founder Chris Stein told Beats 1's The Candy Shop that all of the tracks are finished and he and Debbie Harry invited a host of contemporary stars to co-write songs for the forthcoming … More »
Tags: Music, News, Charli Xcx, Sia, Johnny Marr, Albert Hammond Jr, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Charli XCX Johnny Marr Sia Albert Hammond Jr, Sia Charli XCX Johnny Marr, The Candy Shop

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