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KOO KOO, DEF DUMB & BLONDE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2013
The album "Koo Koo" is Debbie's "disco" album, a collaboration with Nile Rogers of Chic, and was not popular with die-hard Blondie fans when originally released as her first solo album, though I quite liked it personally. By the time "Def, Dumb & Blonde" was released, Debbie's solo work had matured into a sound not dissimilar from Blondie, and this set is worth buying for that album alone, which includes the excellent single "I want that man".
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on 30 April 2014
This re-mastered Debbie Harry cd is so much clearer and louder that the old cd . I just have to tell people to go and get these re-mastered cd .
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2010
Pairing Deborah Harry's first solo album with her third is an odd combination. One is terrible, the other is fantastic. It would have made more sense to combine `Koo Koo' with her second, the frothy `Rockbird'. Additionally, this version of `Def, Dumb and Blonde' is the vinyl release, which is four songs shorter than the original concurrently released CD issue (a common record company ploy at the time, which was designed to encourage people to move from vinyl to disc). Without those four songs the album is decidedly weaker. Given that `Koo Koo' is so poor, I recommend buying the full CD of `Def Dumb and Blonde', where you will receive another four great songs in place of 10 weak ones.

For her first solo outing while still in `Blondie', it appears DH was trying to release something that did not sound like Blondie, which she definitely managed with `Koo Koo'. Instead of working with Blondie's rock producer, Mike Chapman (Suzi Quatro, The Knack, The Sweet, Pat Benatar), she worked with dance producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic, Sister Sledge, The Jacksons, Diana Ross). The result is that `Koo Koo' sports a thin sound, contains slight, lack-lustre songs and, worst of all, fails to capitalize on Harry's awesome vocal abilities, leaving her enigmatic style sounding silly alongside all the popping basses and excessive rapping.

Most of the songs are flat out terrible. Were it produced by Chapman, the song `Under Arrest' would have sounded very much like a great Blondie song. Unfortunately, without him, it and everything else just sounds daft and under-realized. The best thing about it is the incredible cover art by H.R.Giger.

In 1989, following 1986's poppy `Rockbird', Harry finally released an album that was not only produced by 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 - one of the very best things she has ever recorded, with and without Blondie. It is clear evidence of the benefits of working with a producer that `gets' the artist - which her previous solo project producers evidently did not. It might have been a relative commercial flop, but it is an absolute must for any rock collection.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2010
I had the album Koo Koo on audio tape since it came out in 1980. I enjoyed the songs and wanted to get the album on CD for many years and couldnt get it until i found it recently on Amazon. I also enjoyed the album Def, Dumb and BLond that comes with it
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0 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2010
Blondie's works come in peaks and troughs...

They claimed to be (and sometimes were acclaimed as) a punk band
which they never were...
The truth of the pudding is they just tried anything -erratically most of the time-
sometimes it sold sometimes it didn't.

They did yield some pleasant stuff at times
(parallel lines is a Blondie classic and eat to the beat can be pleasant in parts)
yet for me they remain inconsistently poor.
Even Blondie compilations (dozenfolds) can really manage to show them to their best effect.
My best advice is do like me make your own.

This two-set is hardly better in its remastered version
and really has a couple of good songs...
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