🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Blondie

Went to see blondie a couple of years ago, they were great and Debbie harry is still too fucking cool for school, love her.
4/5

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O dunno
Now that U2 arent everywhere these days peoples outlook on their output seems a lil more rational. They have more good albums than most bands at their level

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Blondie are solid, quintessential New York band. Debbie paved the way for future female lead front bands like No Doubt and Garbage. She also just seems like a really genuine person, put her music career on hold when her boyfriend at the time Chris Stein, had some sort of immune disease. Love the reggae tinge of ‘Tide is High’. Autoamerican underrated album.

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Loooooove them so much

Went through a phase not that long ago of sticking on Parallel Lines every Friday afternoon last thing before leaving work

Heart of Glass is one of my all time favourite songs, what an absolute banger

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I don’t think it can be overstated how important she was for this really.

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Yeah some of the hate they get seems a bit ott to me but I don’t know.

Not many bands make much decent past album 4 do they and I think Joshua Tree was what album 5 or 6? So seems like if you like them they had a decent run.

Dislike all that early stuff tbh tbf, but love the middle period of Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop - seem like a genuinely different band…

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I think of the early stuff as the flag waving stadium rock stuff but I don’t know it well enough tbh.

Edit: interesting if they managed to get new/ different fans for the mid/later stuff though. Fair play.

On reflection more of a 3/5

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Blondie are fucking great 5/5.

Saw them in Brighton last year on a freebie, still great, Debbie Harry was dressed as a bee and swearing a lot about saving the bees. Afterwards she had a massive party in her room at the Hotel du Vin and set the fire alarm off and the hotel got evacuated at 4am. She’s 72.

So many bangers, always happy to hear pretty much any of their singles, massive soft spot for Maria, but for absolute OMG PLAY IT LOUD euphoria Atomic cannot be beaten. Is there a better pop lyric than “Oh your hair is beautiful” no there is not.

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On paper the lyrics to ‘Atomic’ are fuckin shite but set to that tune and sung with that voice, they’re godlike*

*see also Marc Bolan’s entire career.

Blondie are an easy 5 for me btw.

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A band with that many great singles is too good for a three for me.

Also, they were #1 singles chart when I was born.

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Oh for sure, I agree with you on this. I think what I was trying to say was that she was an important figure within a certain genre/type of music and certainly for the punk scene and arguably paved the way for people like Ari Up, Poly Styrene and Pauline Black to become part of that movement. It was these women I had in mind really rather than the other examples and I probably should have said that in my post.

I think your last point is right to some extent, there are exceptions, but certainly there was and is a lot of bias towards female fronted bands with an ‘attractive’ singer. Blondie certainly were/are a part of that.

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the thing is that debbie harry is the coolest person ever and bono is the least cool person ever

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i was there! great way to start the day

This is the 1967 rocksteady original

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Shit, missed this one

would have been a high 4.7 from me

Why are people slating U2 here

No bands on this topic have ever done a song as good as New Year’s Day or Pride

Yeah New Year’s Day is gr8