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Blondie thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:05 am
by Chris P
With a preliminary search, I couldn't find a dedication/ed thread.

So punting (toeing) (kicking if you really must :)) off: Are Blondie the only pop group to have featured theosophy in a hit song?

Second question: Blondie, Pretenders, or the Police and why? (on this particular thread the only 'correct' answer is Blondie - but there's room here for subjectivity

beeb Blondie: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fmgkb

Re: Blondie thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:44 am
by AndyM
I took against Blondie in my youth, deciding from some unhelpfully rigid 'punk puritan' standpoint that they were some sort of betrayal of the True Cause.........

It's taken me years to acknowledge the pop excellence of their best records, though I still tend to admire them more than love them.

Re: Blondie thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:57 am
by Chris P
gotta admit I love & admire them these days. Mebbe I always did. Guess my painter pal Adam White unlocked some further keys to them, Iggy & much more too

Re: Blondie thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:59 am
by Adam Blake
I loved and bought "Denis" when I was 17. Then I realised that they didn't write it and this dampened my ardour. But their records were everywhere in my youth, I didn't need to buy them. Now I rather wish I had done. They were a wonderful pop group. I saw them at Drury Lane in the 90s. They were fab. They just lined up the hits and unleashed them. I met Debbie briefly, she was lovely. I toured Spain (as a guitar tech) with a band Clem Burke was drumming for (The Plimsouls) and he was an absolute gentleman. Blondie are definitely more than alright.

But my heart belonged to The Pretenders. (I posted an essay about it here about 18 months ago).

The Police I saw once before they made it and it was one of those rare times when you see a band and think: "they're going to be huge" - and then they are. They were impeccably professional. I enjoyed them very much at the time. I saw them again after they made it and the show was stolen out from under them by The Cramps doing their first gigs in the UK. The Cramps were so obviously more exciting and "real" than The Police, it was almost embarrassing. Sting ripped off Bob Marley in handfuls. I watched in horror as they became the poster boys for corporate pop-rock and ushered in...the 80s (shudder). In the midst of all that they made one really great record: "Message In A Bottle" - and I always had a soft spot for "Walking On The Moon".

Re: Blondie thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:01 pm
by will vine
POLICE STORY - I'm shocking on dates but it must have been around 1980. I was working on a construction site in the Edinburgh area, staying in a pub in Bonnybridge, A mile down the road, in a more stately hotel, were Sting & co. readying themselves for a big gig the following night. I don't know who it was that came into the bar but it was someone who was clearly part of their entourage. He had a wad of unsold tickets that he offered free to the lads in the bar. I'm not sure how far along the road to mega fame the group were at this point but interestingly the tickets were not feverishly devoured. I remember one lad saying, "Who's that again - The POlis? Och no, see Tuesday I go t'the social club fer hoosey hoosey (a.k.a. housey housey a.k.a. Bingo)." Cool!

By 1980 I guess I already looked too old to be a fan. I never got offered a ticket.

Anyway - Sorry, I don't have any Blondie stories.

Re: Blondie thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:21 pm
by Chris P
hoosey hoosey, hooses is important. Good stories Will!

Blondie's tribute to Jimmy O etc. Dee-troit 442

http://youtu.be/purtitQlAiU

http://youtu.be/9Oq3z1sdxUU estudio versiĆ³n

Re: Blondie thread

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:18 pm
by Garth Cartwright
I was in awe of Blondie from the first time I heard Rip Her To Shreds on Kiwi radio in 77. I thought they were totally NYC punk and read about how they came out of CBGBs and toured with Iggy and such. So was surprised as hell when Heart Of Glass became the biggest single of 79 and kids I went to school with who never listened to anything vaguely "punk" bought the Parallel Lines album. I still liked them and think they made fine singles -Atomic, Union City Blue, Call Me etc - until almost the end. I intvd Debbie when she came to NZ to promote a lame solo album Def, Dumb & Blonde. She possessed perhaps the most perfect features of any individual I have ever met. But as an interviewee she was a blank. I wasn't sure if she was jaded so not willing to give anything or just dumb. Her comments on politics and such made her seem dumb but maybe it was just a role she was playing that day. Never seen them live but I'm sure I would enjoy them if they were on good form.

The Police broke in NZ with Roxanne. A pop masterpiece. Their follow up singles were really good too - especially Message and Moon. Never met them or saw them play tho they did come to NZ when the first album broke and played a relatively small venue. I was still at school and didn't have the money for a ticket. A regret.

As you know, I love The Pretenders' first album like few others. There have been a few fine singles since but little else. When Chrissie was on Womens Hour she graciously credited James Scott with shaping the P's sound and without him her great voice has lacked the necessary accompaniment.

Re: Blondie thread

PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:56 pm
by M Heatley
Rip Her To Shreds was the first 12-inch single I ever bought! Wasn't a hit.

I bought a lot of non-hits like the Police's 'Can't Stand Losing You' (this one for 40p in Woolworths cutout bin). Taught it to my band and everyone thought it was an original!

PS Dropped when it was reissued, we revived it as an encore when playing with Furniture at the Moonlight Club. Brought the house down and was received with much disapproval by the (co) headliners.

M