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Proves Blondie were brilliant!,
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Blondie really were huge back in the 70's and 80's when I was but a callow youth. Every single was eagerly awaited and listened to again and again on radio. And of course even if you had no interest in music Debbie Harry was a stunner!
For that reason it's great that listening to this album proves that it wasn't just teenage hormones that attracted me to Blondie. They were a talented and innovative band.
The album is full of short sharp rock classics such as "Call Me", "Hanging on the Telephone"," Union City Blue" and "Sunday Girl", great examples of the brilliant singles the band kept producing in their heyday.
They tended to stray into slightly unusual themes for rock music of the time, such as "Rip Her to Shreds" and the surreal "Rapture", complete with Debbie Harry rapping! In hindsight it's interesting to listen to the slightly risqué lyrics of "The Hardest Part", "Picture This" and "In the Flesh".
"Atomic" is probably my favourite track. "Island of Lost Souls" is a rare low point to prove the band was human after all!
Harry was most definitely more than a pretty face though. She co-wrote thirteen of the nineteen songs in this collection.
All but one of the songs dates from the 1977-1982 period of the band's peak. Also included is the 1998 comeback single "Maria", which wasn't a bad song to come back with after such a long hiatus.
The sleeve notes give an excellent history of the band, highlighting their influence on bands to follow.
Definitely an album that oldies like me can use to prove to the kids that music really was better in our day!