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Blondie Is A Group - Really They Are,
This review is from: Panic of Girls (Fan Pack) (Audio CD)
When Blondie performed "Die Young Stay Pretty" on "Eat To The Beat",I guess they didn't imagine that four decades later they would still be releasing albums capable of making you stop in your tracks.
Behind the cult of Debbie Harry, her looks and voice, it was and is, all too easy to forget that she is a great songwriter, able to turn her talents across a spectrum that ranged from rock to pop, new wave to reggae and included rap and dance.
Behind the rest of Blondie, including co-writer and guitarist Chris Stein, keyboard player Jimmy Destri and world renown drummer Clem Burke who between them gave the band a sound that is instantly identifiable. It speaks volumes for "Panic Of Girls" that three of them are still there and that three of the other members of the current Blondie have been there since 1997. Perhaps more than ever Blondie is a band, albeit one that's lead by the incredible Debbie Harry.
"Panic Of Girls" is pure Blondie, easily capable of being spoken of in the same sentence as "Plastic Letters", "Parallel Lines" and "Eat To The Beat", three albums that shaped my childhood. The current single "Mother" has all the hallmarks of a classic Blondie song, fresh and easy to stick in the mind. It feels of the here and now, whilst wearing its genes on its sleeve.
The same goes for the video, which seems to have swapped the post apocalypse of "Atomic" for a post modern zombie flick and a classic edge of destruction feel, if we're going to go out, lets go out singing.
A truly classic album has Debbie singing at least part of the album in French and again we're not going to be disappointed, check out "Le Blue" in which I swear you can hear Ms Harry pouting and shrugging her shoulders
There's lighter moments to, Blondie have never been without humour to mix in with the comic book dreams, "Girlie Girlie" finding a tongue rammed firmly in a cheek. Oh yes all the essential elements are here. "Girlie Girlie" is one of two list songs on the album, well if you get the fan pack version, "Horizontal Twist" takes it to a completely different place.
This is an album that helps the decades just fall away, Blondie quite simply have delivered an album that blows away the years and enhances their reputation as one of the finest band's of their generation.