Wednesday, 30 January 2019
NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "BLONDIE/DEBORAH HARRY" PART 2
A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR. THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU. HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
PLAYLIST PART 2
Deborah Harry released her debut solo album, "KooKoo" in 1981, a year before the last Blondie album. I only really liked "Backfired" with its funky style (thanks to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic!) and cool video so only one song from this set appears on the playlist.
So the final album from Blondie appeared in 1982, "The Hunter". Only the Calypso inspired "Island Of Lost Souls" and almost classic Blondie track "War Child" really were memorable to me. Apparently it was a concept album but it just confirmed to me that Blondie split at the right time, the edge was lost but what a 6 year ride of domination!
Fast forward 5 years and Deborah came back with her second album in 1986, "Rockbird". I quite liked this album and chose 4 tracks from it for the playlist. The obvious and most popular solo track by Ms Harry is the great Pop of "French Kissin' In The USA" and I also included the lovely "Free To Fall" and the Asian experimental sound of "In Love With Love". The Rock N' Roll style of "Buckle Up" is also chosen.
I chose only the 3 singles from "Def, Dumb & Blonde" released in 1989. I really liked the lovely "Brite Side" and Electronica dance sound of "Sweet And Low" and also here is the Blondie style disco of "I Want That Man".
From 1991's megahits package of Deborah and Blondie, "The Complete Picture" (also with a great video package) I picked off the only single not released on an album, the awesome "Call Me" from the film "American Gigolo" in 1980.
I picked 1 song from Deborah's 4th solo album, "Debravation", released in 1993. "Standing In My Way" took me back to Blondie's original sound.
Although I only chose 2 tracks from this album, it was fantastic to have Blondie back. The "comeback" album, "No Exit" was released in 1999. "Maria" gave me goosebumps when I first heard it, it was like Blondie had never left. Deborah sounded as great as ever and it was perfection. I have also added "Nothing Is Real But The Girl". The Blondie of today are experimenting with various genres as they always did, but the Hip Hop and such genres just don't appeal to me. However any Blondie throwbacks are greatly appreciated!
From 2003's "The Curse Of Blondie", only 1 track called to me to be included in my ultimate favourite playlist. The Dance Pop of "Good Boys" was the only single from this album and is alone here too.
I added the brilliant Rock Pop track "Two Times Blue" from Deborah's fifth solo album released in 2007 entitled, "Necessary Evil".
2011 saw the release of Blondie's next album, "Panic Of Girls". The two most Blondie-like tracks are included here, the quite brilliant "Mother" and equally so, "What I Heard". Like I said previously, I love the new tracks that hark back to the good old days of Debs and the boys.
I did not choose any tracks from 2014's "Ghosts Of Download" (the songs just didn't grab me although there are some good moments not enough to make me choose a memorable track) so move onto "Pollinator" released in 2017. The two stand out tracks I chose are "Long Time" and "Fun".
I AM SURE MANY FANS WILL BE DEBATING THE INCLUSIONS AND THE TRACKS NOT INCLUDED, BUT I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS PLAYLIST INTERESTING, CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON NEW MUSIC EAR!