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5.0 out of 5 stars Platinum Blondie
The outstanding feature of Eat To The Beat is the immaculate drumming of Clem Burke which makes this album rock like no other Blondie record. The three singles Dreaming, Union City Blue and Atomic are familiar to everyone. But any of the songs here could just as easily have been worldwide hits - the beautiful Shayla, the catchy pop of Slow Motion and sweeping rock of...
Published on 28 Sep 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars For devoted fans only
Although this is a good pop album, to me it doesn't come even close to Blondie’s masterpieces Parallel Lines or Plastic Letters. The problem lies in the songs: Atomic was obviously an attempt to recreate Heart Of Glass, but ultimately it goes nowhere and only has novelty value, at best. Union City Blue is an attempt at a soulful ballad, but lacks the edge of their...
Published on 6 Mar 2003 by Pieter Uys


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Platinum Blondie, 28 Sep 2001
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The outstanding feature of Eat To The Beat is the immaculate drumming of Clem Burke which makes this album rock like no other Blondie record. The three singles Dreaming, Union City Blue and Atomic are familiar to everyone. But any of the songs here could just as easily have been worldwide hits - the beautiful Shayla, the catchy pop of Slow Motion and sweeping rock of Accidents Never Happen wouldn't be out of place on any Best of Blondie compilation. There are also several classic Blondie new wave thrashes, the best of which are Living In The Real World and the title track. The only hint at what was to come is the cod reggae of Die Young Stay Pretty. Blondie were never this good again, but then neither was anyone else.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beloved Blondie album among many Blondie fans!, 24 Sep 2004
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Eat To The Beat is the most loved Blondie album among many Blondie fans. Eat To The Beat was the follow up of their millions sold Parallel Lines album. The Parallel Lines singles: Heart Of Glass and Sunday Girl had topped the british charts and then Blondie continued their hits with the #2(UK) single Dreaming and the UK #1 Atomic two real BLONDIE CLASSICS featured on Eat To The Beat. Two more singles where drawn from Eat To The Beat: UK single Union City Blue and the US single The Hardest Part. Furthermore on this album: Slow Motion which easily could have been the fifth major hit on Eat To The Beat, if it wasn't for Call Me (a non album single which was released right after Atomic)hitted the number one spot in the USA and UK. Shayla a beautiful ballad! The reggea tinted Die Young Stay Pretty is Blondie's first attempt in reggea which is georgeous by the way! The title track Eat To The Beat is a country rock song. Accidents Never Happen is a very haunting song which brings you to a fancy meeting in a smaller world! The last two songs on the album: Victor and Living In The Real World are pure punk/new wave, great !!! The only weak track is to my opinion the lullaby Sound-A-Sleep. The bonus tracks are very ok too !! featuring the Johny Cash cover Ring Of Fire and the David Bowie's cover Heroes both performed live as a bonus on Eat To The Beat !! AN AWESOME ALBUM !!! IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT ALREADY: BUY IT !!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat To The Beat - An Urban Rock Classic, 27 Jun 2002
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Mr. N. F. Barnes "nigel792" (Bristol United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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From the minute I heard the first single from this album - which was called "Dreaming" I knew that this album was going to pack a lot more punch than its predecessor "Parallel Lines". Strongest songs on here include the much underrated "Union City Blue", "Slow Motion" which implies itself as Sixties orientated with Phil Spector suggested melodies and lyrics, the title track which would have made a cracking single, the brilliant new wave disco of Atomic I believe was written about a race horse, and the most harrowing track on the album, "Victor" about a fugitive who leaves Debbie Harry devastated and screaming about her impending desolation. The chorus is of course sung well by Debbie, but the song "Victor" carries the group's own brand of pathos into a new direction. It almost goes hand in hand with "Atomic" and its strident nuclear dreams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debbie & the Guys turn Pro!, 29 July 2001
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This was the Mike Chapman produced sound of Blondie - the time they graduated to the Pro Tour! Gone was the Farfisa sound of Blondie the album & the rock of Plastic Letters disappeared as did the mainstream of Parallel Lines. This eclectic mix of hard rock (Victor), Reggae (Die Young), Motown (Slow Motion), Lullaby (Sound Asleep), Ballad (Shayla) along with the more expected Blondie fare such as Dreaming, Atomic, Union City etc provided a glimpse of the band as they had matured & set a new standard for the group in terms of production values. A great album, different from the Blondie of old, slicker, more advanced, different from the embryo that first expected their music to "end up in Woolies", but still with the same lust for the music & a fantastic finale to their rock days before they succumbed to the funk fad with Autoamerican (which I still liked I hasten to add!) - Quick piece of Blondie trivia - they were going to release Slow Motion as a single, but when Ultravox released a song with the same name, Blondie thought it would be a bad idea, so they let rip with Atomic instead ... the rest is history!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie for Dinner, 26 Oct 2002
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Eat to the Beat, is such a power pop album, it amazes me it didn't sell as well as "Parallel Lines". Although the album was a British #1 in 1979. Eat to the Beat is a strong album of Lyrical content and some of the best music scores ever put to Vinyl. Tracks like "Dreaming", "Atomic" and "Shayla" are simply outstanding rock classics. There was 4 single releases off "Eat to the Beat" in 1979-80. "Atomic" #1UK, "Union City Blue" #12 UK, "Dreaming" #2 UK and "The Hardest Part" #84 US. The album was made into a full length video in 1979, the first artist ever to do this. Blondie was most definately an Innovative and Original band. Deborah Harry's vocals on "Dreaming" and "Atomic" are sexy and simply brilliant. Deborah seems vulnerable and child like on songs like "Shayla" and "Union City Blue". Stand out tracks are definately "Atomic", "Dreaming", "Shayla" and the incredible funky "The Hardest Part". Without a doubt, this is a consumers buy, full of hits and great album tracks.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A defining and influential rock classic!, 21 Aug 2003
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'Eat To The Beat' was Blondie's fourth album, released in 1979, when the band was a household name. It built on their all-consuming rise with four hit singles: the beautiful 'Dreaming', the edgy, cool, rockiness of 'The Hardest Part', 'Union City Blue' is typical Blondie-esque rock, elemental and full of vivid images, and finally, disco-rock classic 'Atomic'.
Without a doubt, changes have been made since the upbeat pop of the previous LP, 'Parallel Lines'. 'Eat To The Beat' is for the main part, pure rock from the word go. Check out 'Victor'- Debbie's primal screams over a powerful guitar riff and thundering drums. Perhaps the only downfall is 'Sound-A-Sleep', which can, quite literally, put you to sleep. That aside, there's no point mentioning standout tracks; every cut is uniquely brilliant.
Bonuses are live performances of 'Die Young Stay Pretty', 'Seven Rooms Of Gloom', David Bowie's 'Heroes' and old country classic 'Ring Of Fire'.
In short, 'Eat To The Beat' is pure fun, high-energy rock tunes, every one made special by this amazing band. This was the first Blondie album I ever bought on CD and, in my opinion, it's every bit as good as 'Parallel Lines' and maybe even surpasses it. Definitely up there with the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie 'Eat to the Beat', 25 Oct 2012
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The CD arrived on time and un-damaged. Blondie is and always will be my favourite pop band. I started listening to them in 1978 when I was at school! As with many other school boys of my age my walls were covered with Debbie Harry posters. I have been lucky enough to see the band live twice on their revamped line up once in 1999 and then in 2002.Eat to the beat was the next album to be released after Parallel Lines. Its a great album worthy of any Blondie fans collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You could tell I was no debutant!, 6 Sep 2004
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Whilst 'Parallel Lines' is pretty much regarded as the best Blondie album I think this album is just as good. After all it does contain "Dreaming", "Atomic", "Union City Blue" and "The Hardest Part". All amazing songs which have not aged over the last twenty five years. But whilst these are the most well known songs from the album it contains many other great songs - especially "Die Young Stay Pretty", "Living in the Real World" and "Victor" (you just have to love that song!). If you want to listen to a fresh sounding album with songs containing original and ironic lyrics - buy this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Blondie album, 19 Feb 2002
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an album i've been listening to for years - criminally underrated next to the Parallel Lines hype. Funny how the quality of the songs (apart from the hits) are often overlooked in the focus on Deborah Harry's looks and image but the truth is she's an amazing songwriter too and all of these songs stand the test of time. Definitely one of those records that make me hit the repeat button on my cd player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top level, 22 July 2008
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D. A. Bush "music wag" (u k) - See all my reviews
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performance strengh in all aspects,if you have not been there or you have not seen her and the group feel the magic interpretation of the times at that era and since.one could go to the realms of fantasy about blondie,that would be false.they are the most,genuine,the best.
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