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  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000002LHZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Want That Man
2. Lovelight
3. Kiss It Better
4. Bike Boy
5. Get Your Way
6. Maybe For Sure
7. I'll Never Fall In Love
8. Calmarie
9. Sweet And Low
10. He Is So
11. Bugeye
12. Comic Books
13. Forced To Live
14. Brite Side
15. End Of The Run

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Debbie Harry ~ Def Dumb & Blonde

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on 29 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Finally, in 1989, Deborah Harry released an album that was not only produced by Blondie's main producer, Mike Chapman, but was every bit as strong as `Parallel Lines', `Eat to the Beat' and `Autoamerican'. `Def, Dumb and Blonde' is Harry at the peak of her enigmatic powers, tapping punk, new wave, dance, pop and 60s girl bands to create a delectably assured whole.

Curiously, the weakest song on the album is the opening single, `I Want That Man' (written by Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie from The Thompson Twins), which was a huge hit in a number of countries outside the US. In comparison to the rest of the album, it is overly frivolous and frothy, plus it suffers from piano-heavy production that dates it rather badly. While it is certainly not bad, the rest of the record is much better.

This set of 15 songs features no less than eight first rate Harry/ Chris Stein (Blondie guitarist and former long time partner) compositions. The album could have comprised only these and the first two singles and it would still have been brilliant. `Maybe for Sure' and `He Is So' are dreamy, haunting new wave pop partners. `Get Your Way' is an awesome dance rocker with a quirky, attitude-heavy rap break. `Bike Boy' is a screeching mid-70s punk rocker and `Brite Side' is an almost-ballad, full of the beautifully poetic turns of phrase that are uniquely Deborah Harry (though the mix featured in the closing credits of the 80s/90s TV series, `Wiseguy' was better).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "arrene" on 21 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Among most Blondie fans Def Dumb & Blonde is Deborah Harry's most appreciated solo album. Most likely because this is her solo album which comes closest to Debbie's work with Blondie.
I want that man, Lovelight, Get your way and the pure punkrock: Bikeboy, Bugeye,Comic books and Forced to live could easily be recaptured under the Blondie name. This album contains three beautiful ballads: Calmarie, Briteside and End of the run which are breathtaking! The only song which is a mistake is the annoying I'll never fall in love.
Great album especcially if you love Blondie !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Trigg on 24 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Without a doubt, Debbie's best solo album, and definately a worthy addition to any Blondie lover.
A good mix of pop / rock / punk and ballads.
This cd spawned some strong singles, the pop genius of "I want that man", the gorgeous 'Brite Side', and the brilliant 'Sweet and Low'.
Its filled with great songs, 'Kiss It Better', the beautiful 'maybe for sure' and 'Calmarie', 'He is so' (check out the violins on this pop gem), the sweet jamaican lilt of 'I'll never fall in love again' and the final track 'End of the run', which is one of her strongest moments, and a truly emotional track.
A great album, worthy of a space in any pop collection.
Track listing as follows:
1. I Want That Man
2. Lovelight
3. Kiss It Better
4. Bike Boy (CD only)
5. Get Your Way
6. Maybe For Sure
7. I'll Never Fall In Love (CD only)
8. Calmarie
9. Sweet And Low
10. He Is So
11. Bugeye
12. Comic Books (CD only)
13. Forced To Live (CD only)
14. Brite Side
15. End Of The Run
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D McGrath on 16 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviewer from South Africa must have been listening to a different Deborah Harry. I bought this album the first time it was released in 1989 on cassette, then I ended up buying the CD, then the remastered CD. She was the first proper pin-up, her picture adorned every schoolboy's bedroom wall in the late 70s/early 80s and the UK charts during this time was dominated by her band Blondie.

Def Dumb & Blonde is a masterpiece - some of the finest material ever written and recorded by Deborah Harry. "Get Your Way", "Bike Boy" and the brilliant "Maybe For Sure" are my personal favourites but the whole album when I first bought it got played to death!

It is great to see that, despite being nearly 63 years of age, she is STILL writting and recording material that would put artists more than half her age to shame.

Great album and great price and an ESSENTIAL purchase for anyone with even a remote interest in her work.
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Format: MP3 Download
Debbie Harry changed styles for this album, making a dance album of the style of Rapture. While not classic Debbie Harry Rock fare this is still a good album which has stood the test of time, some tracks are a bit dated but the music is still good today.
Having fallen under the spell of Miss Harry from 1977 I have enjoyed every phase of her career to date and look forward to the next incarnation she comes up with. Whatever it is will be enjoyable. Out of sight is definitely not out of mind to her fans.
DB
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