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The Curse of Blondie Limited Edition

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The feisty ambition of ex-Playboy Bunny Deborah Harry and her mop topped male colleagues has paid off. A quarter of a century after their debut, Blondie are rightly acclaimed as one of the most influential bands of their generation. They also became the most commercially successful act of the entire Punk and New Wave scene. Though it didn’t exactly happen overnight.

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  • Audio CD (13 Oct. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B0000CAOJ1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shakedown
2. Good Boys
3. Undone
4. Golden Rod
5. Rules For Living
6. Background Melody (The Only One)
7. Magic (Asadoya Yunta)
8. End To End
9. Hello Joe
10. The Tingler
11. Last One In The World
12. Diamond Bridge
13. Desire Brings Me Back
14. Songs Of Love
15. Good Boys (Giorgio Moroder single mix)

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Fronted by the fabulously glamorous Deborah Harry and mixing sultry dance with deceptively hard-hitting punk rock, Blondie were the pre-eminent pop band of their generation. With The Curse of Blondie, their first studio album in four years, they claim to have recaptured much of their former panache and, after hearing the first few tracks, you'd be hard pushed to disagree. The opening "Shake Down", shifting between shining pop and tough modern rock, sees Harry at her sassy sharpest, delivering a freaky, funny rap that takes us straight back to AutoAmerican. The sweet, heavily melodic "Good Boys" and "Undone" keep up the standard. The harsher urban rock of "Golden Rod" even raises it, but it's then that they run out of steam, for the next six tracks are clumsy and weak, characterised by stodgy production and silly studio chicanery rather than the inspired songwriting you'd expect. Thankfully, it all ends well. "The Last One on the Planet" has a tough metallic edge, while the sax-coloured "Desire Brings You Back" and "Songs of Love" recapture that New York sound and spirit. But you can't help feeling that if they'd kept the album as short and sweet as Eat to the Beat, we'd be hailing an unlikely and invigorating return to form. --Dominic Wills

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Eisenberger on 10 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the first cd from Blondie since the collapse of the Beyond records,Craig Leon suing the label and band and in the US the fact that they are not signed to a record label and this is the cd that they are releasing anyways. This cd is one of the best and most intense cds of 2003. The band has put out a very rock based cd with rap and some dance and reggae thrown in. "Shakedown" with the raunchy rap of Debbie to the dance vibe of "Good Boys" to the just drop dead gorgeous "Undone"---this better be the second single and I mean it---to the flat out rock of "GoldenRod" to the intense Hedwig And the Angry Inch influenced "Rules For Living"(this is by Mr. Destri and on their website he says this is the best song he has ever written and from all the great songs he has done in the past it truly is breathtaking) to the stunning "Background Melody(The Only One)"- a little Portishead reggae/dub/rock all thrown together with such a memorable hook--to "Magic" which is a bit weird but grows--to "End To End"( a awesome rock tune with Romantic Debbie singing of love) to "Hello Joe" -a funny tune to "The Tingler" the only Harry /Stein song on the cd to the flat out gorgoeus rockers that are "Last One In The World" and "Diamond Bridge" to the last 2 jazz influenced tracks "Desire Brings Me Back" that features The Jazz Passengers and "Songs Of Love" that features one of Debbie's best vocals ever--this cd flows and will grow on you until it is in your head. I have no doubt this cd should do extremely well in Europe and especially the UK where they seem to understand the fact that this group and especially Deborah Harry are truly one of a kind and still important to music . Just a tremendous cd from start to finish. A++++++++++++++++++++++!!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Their last album, 1999's No Exit, scored a 6th UK no.1 single with 'Maria', but the song itself was a bit too tribute band-ish. A good song, but it was Blondie-by-numbers and a bit of a disappointement. The Curse of Blondie is different. They're not treading water, it's the sound of a band playing to their strengths. The quality of Shakedown, Good Boys, Undone, Goldenrod, Rules of Living, The Tingler and Songs of Love is second to none. Loads of singers/band have tried to do Blondie - but only Blondie can do Blondie - and here they are on top form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Castle on 6 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
What can you say about Blondie, certainly not Cursed but true survivors of 30 years in pop/rock. The thing about Blondie and The Curse as a CD is diversity. The same band that crossed over with Heart of Glass do it again with the truly unique sound of Good Boys. But other stand out tracks have to be Shakedown with an upbeat new jersy rap story, truly Rapture 2003 style.Interestingly it is the slower tracks that are very hypnotic and stand out immediately ...Magic ,Rules of the Living and Sogs of Love ...truly beautiful tracks. But if it is power pop blondie you crave then go no further than undone, end to end and the tingler. What this CD gives is a bit for everyone...old blondie fans and the newer and younger recruits that blondie have been pullin in since their last resurrection in 1999's NO EXIT. Hopefully there will be NO Exit for Blondie as they are a band who deserves success . The Curse of Blondie is a very welcome return to form for Ms Harry and her boys !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "strokeme1" on 2 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
After their pretty successful comeback album no exit in 1999 and the brilliant maria blondie r back with the much delayed new album the curse of..
Like no exit and both the bands last two albums from their first period automamerican and the hunter the album sees the band experimenting in all different areas.the single Good boys is typical blondie with a dance edge while not as instant as maria on repeated play the chorus especially lodges itself in your brain.Other hightlights include the brilliant UNDONE,THE TINGER,and RULES FOR LIVING where the bands knack for pop and an infectious chorus really show.They dont rock as much as the use to in their prime but DIAMOND BRIDGE and GOLDENROD both previewed on last years tour show they can still get away with it.The CURSE OF .. is again very diverse from rock,dance,and on opener SHAKEDOWN the band once again revisit their love of rapping.While not the best album the band have done it is a bit more commercial than no exit with a more pop if not pop/rock feel to it and once again the best female vocalist ever just sounds simply DEVINE on every single track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eolake on 17 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was vaguely aware that one of my favorite bands from the seventies, Blondie, was playing again. But I had not figured they would be doing anything really noteworthy.

Fortunately I took a chance and bought a couple of their new CDs, and it turns out that The Curse of Blondie is really good. It contains several tracks which one may consider amongst their best ever. For example Background Melody, Magic, and Rules for Living, just wonderful songs.

I warmly recommend this album, and I think it's awesome that people who have been in the music business for thirty years can rise up and create something this fresh and strong.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Hook on 31 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Couldn't wait to buy this but only had time to listen to the first 5 songs when I played it during a lunchtime and came away mightily disappointed. It seemed so weak, and I never thought it would grow on me, but I've never been so wrong about a first impression in my entire life! This CD is totally amazing - with some stunning songs (Undone, Golden Rod, End to End, The Tingler), showing the musical versatility that's always been present in their work regardless of those who only know them as "single" bands are aware. And Deborah's voice can still touch you deep in the heart. Only Magic is the weak song here, the rest are gorgeously effective slices of timeless beauty.
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