Search and Destroy: Blondie

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"11:59" popped up on iPod shuffle the other week, and I listened to it about 16 times in a row.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Wednesday, 27 June 2001 03:04 (twenty-two years ago) link

one month passes...
Search: Atomic, Call Me, Denis, Sunday Girl, Picture This, X-Offender, I'm Gonna Love You Too, and just about every other single.

Destroy: Island of Lost Souls; and The Atomic Best Of CD I have, which features neither the Dun-Dun-Duns at the very start of Atomic (which are even on the bonus remixes), nor the scraper board at the start of Heart of Glass.

Graham, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Classic: Rip her to Shreds, Dreaming, and In the Flesh. Also have a soft spot for Union City Man (but does anyone find it odd that they used that in the 80' [j carpenter?] remake of 'The Hand'?? Wasn't it playing in the car when Michael Cain get's into the accident?) Also - No Exit. Uhmm, errr - still not sure about it. Debbie's voice sounds creaky and the arrangements forced.

Jason, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Destroy: That god-awful remix album from the mid-90s that managed to add beats and yet suck ALL the fun out of the songs. The Union City Blue and Atomic remixes are amongst the WORST things I've ever heard. Search: Everything said above.. and One Way Or Another and I'm On E and bugger it, Maria.

EdwardO, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Destroy: The aforementioned remix album (ugh, that was the absolute worst thing ever), No Exit with the exception of...

Search: "Maria". And basically everything else, especially "Dreaming".

Ally, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Maria is a parody band doing Blondie.

Destroy: Everything after The Hunter

Search: Clem Burke doing his best Keith Moon impression at all times -- any of the live stuff you can find, X-Offender, and Debbie Harry!

JM, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Of course "Maria" is parodic, that's what makes it great. The reason why the rest of No Exit sucked is because the rest of it was too damn serious and trying too hard to fit in with current music.

And oh, of course you need to search Debbie Harry. And while you're doing that, search "I Can See Clearly", easily-by-miles her best solo work.

Ally, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I think everyone else has already said what is key. Find the two disc collection that came out and go nuts, really. Because DREAMING IS FREE.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Parallel Lines is all you really need.

Maria is a great song (but then my wife's called Maria so I may be biased.)

Billy Dods, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Parallel Lines is genius, but both Plastic Letters and the first album are even better. Everything up to Call Me was genius, and even The Tide Is High is wonderful (took me a few years to admit that one). Maria is genius, rest of that album is crap. Debbie's French Kissing In The USA is genius.

Well, that's a whole bunch of genii then. Can't wait for the reissues of all the albums that feature rare and live tracks from the time - including Blondie's legendary 'Out In The Streets' cover. That will be five albums I'll be rushing to buy (for the, uh, seventh time, I think)... but I can do without the extended remix of Warchild on Hunter.

Jerry, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Yeah, everything up until The Hunter is great. Parrallel Lines was the first LP I ever bought, and I still love it to death.

Sean, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

(yo all! still settling in.) Sunday Girl is tremendous. Mellow in the way that all songs about that day should be.

Sterling Clover, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

eleven months pass...
Is anything at all on The Hunter worth a damn? Or is it truly as horrible as its reputation suggests?

Secondly, may I turn this into a Search and Destroy: Deborah Harry?

ryan, Tuesday, 6 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

two years pass...
Even though I really love some of Autoamerican, and definitely Eat To The Beat, I still say that if a person just has the bonus tracks that appear on the reissue of Blondie's first album, their very first "Instant Records" demo tracks, then that might just be all a non-Blondie fan needed to be convinced of their greatness, forever. A person could conceivably never need to have any other Blondie, ever.

Hydrochloric Shaved Weirds (Bimble...), Monday, 18 July 2005 00:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Still, I maintain "Scenery" could have been an early Who song alongside "The Kids Are Alright".

Hydrochloric Shaved Weirds (Bimble...), Monday, 18 July 2005 00:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Tracks to search: Rip Her To Shreds; Shark in Jet's Clothing; No Imagination; I'm Always Touched by your Presence Dear; Contact in Red Square; X Offender; Dreaming; Shayla; Union City Blue; Living in the Real World; Die Young, Stay Pretty; Accidents Never Happen; Sunday Girl; Go Away; Fade Away and Radiate; Angels on the Balcony; Island of Lost Souls, Pretty Baby; Go Through It; The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game; Maria; Out in the Streets demo; Call Me; Live It Up

Destroy: 90% of the Hunter; 95% of No Exit; 100% of Curse of Blondie; Attack of the Giant Ants; I'm on E; The Tide is High; Atomic

Hits of interest for historical reasons, that I have heard waaaay to much: Heart of Glass, One way or Another, Rapture - might be of interest to someone just discovering the band.

Orbit (Orbit), Monday, 18 July 2005 00:37 (eighteen years ago) link

I love No Exit, so whatever. From that album you have "Nothing is Real But The Girl," "Maria," "Under The Gun," and "The Dream's Lost On Me," every bit as great as the classics on Parallel Lines and Eat To The Beat.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 18 July 2005 00:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Most of "No Exit" I love too. But I hear you can be crucified around these parts for saying so. Have you entrails eaten out by vultures, etc. I'll be on me way, then.

Hydrochloric Shaved Weirds (Bimble...), Monday, 18 July 2005 01:26 (eighteen years ago) link

S/D special remix edition:

Search: Utah Saints' remix of "Dreaming" and the Vinny Vero mix of "The Tide Is High" from the 1995 remix album, Xenomania's remix of "Atomic" from the 1998 remix album, and Scissor Sisters' remix of "Good Boys." While these are good, the original extended mixes of "Rapture" and "Call Me" that are available on the re-issue of _Autoamerican_ are transcendent.

Destroy: Pretty much every other remix, but especially the Guru remix of "Rapture."

esque, Monday, 18 July 2005 14:13 (eighteen years ago) link


Those people have not heard with open ears.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 18 July 2005 14:31 (eighteen years ago) link

I have no idea why you'd want to destroy 100% of Curse of Blondie. Well, I suppose you could, if you want to live without "Good Boys", "Shakedown", "Come Undone" and especially "The Tingler", it's your loss.

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 18 July 2005 14:33 (eighteen years ago) link

**Destroy: 90% of the Hunter; 95% of No Exit; 100% of Curse of Blondie; Attack of the Giant Ants; I'm on E; The Tide is High; Atomic**

ATOMIC? Destroy Atomic? What kind of madness is this?

Dr. C (Dr. C), Monday, 18 July 2005 15:12 (eighteen years ago) link

three months pass...

Brand New Compilation: Sight and Sound
22 track CD + 17 track DVD for a tenner at HMV online

Disc: 1
1. Heart Of Glass
2. Sunday Girl
3. Atomic
4. Call Me
5. The Tide Is High
6. Rapture
7. Maria
8. In The Flesh (Remix)
9. X Offender
10. Rip Her To Shreds
11. Denis
12. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
13. Picture This
14. Fade Away And Radiate
15. Hanging On The Telephone
16. One Way Or Another
17. Dreaming
18. Union City Blue
19. Island Of Lost Souls
20. Good Boys (Blow-Up mix)
21. End To End
22. Rapture Riders (Single Edit Bonus Track)

Disc: 2
1. In The Flesh
2. X Offender
3. Denis
4. Detroit 442
5. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
6. Picture This
7. Hanging On The Telephone
8. Heart Of Glass
9. Dreaming
10. The Hardest Part
11. Union City Blue
12. Atomic
13. The Tide Is High
14. Rapture
15. Island Of Lost Souls
16. Maria
17. Good Boys

look at the *amazing* cover!

piscesboy, Friday, 11 November 2005 10:30 (eighteen years ago) link

why does "call me " sound like "doctor who theme"

retrogurl, Friday, 11 November 2005 11:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Who did the fabulous electro remix of "In The Flesh" on the "Sight and Sound" compilation?

esque, Friday, 11 November 2005 12:36 (eighteen years ago) link

How many times can they repackage the same damn hits?! This time they tack on an electro remix and a mashup of Rapture and Riders on the Friggin' Storm...

That is a nice cover, though!

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Friday, 11 November 2005 22:20 (eighteen years ago) link

22. Rapture Riders (Single Edit Bonus Track)

Whoa, the Blondie/Doors mashup? That's a pretty cool little gesture.

Also of note: "Dreaming" is still very much my favorite song in the world.

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Saturday, 12 November 2005 00:05 (eighteen years ago) link

five years pass...

New song...

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 19 May 2011 06:24 (twelve years ago) link

reminds me of morningwood

imagine arse (electricsound), Thursday, 19 May 2011 06:33 (twelve years ago) link

Is it just Deborah, Chris and Clem now? Bassist looked like an old dude too, but I don't think I'd recognize him just by seeing him.

Anyway, that's a good old-style Blondie track. Consider me impressed.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 May 2011 06:33 (twelve years ago) link

Was just coming to post this. Not sure what I think. At times it seems like a retread of "Maria," the previous comeback song, but it goes to some decent post-"Parallel Lines" places too.

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Thursday, 19 May 2011 13:24 (twelve years ago) link

OTOH I have a lot of questions about Chris Stein's wardrobe choices here.

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Thursday, 19 May 2011 13:25 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 23 June 2013 05:22 (ten years ago) link


Mark G, Sunday, 23 June 2013 22:36 (ten years ago) link

ok I see it now, previous browser failed

Mark G, Monday, 24 June 2013 07:09 (ten years ago) link

This song is okay-to-good. It's nagl on "Blondie" though, imo. Deborah Harry & Beth Ditto collaboration joint maybe, or even a Gossip single featuring Harry, but I kind of can't get past a song sounding like this being a Blondie single.

Of course, the new album's title is Ghosts of Download though, so wtf anyway.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 24 June 2013 07:15 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...${CAMPAIGN_ID}

Looks like only a few days left to see the Chris Stein photo exhibit in NYC

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 September 2014 15:39 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

New Blondie album is pretty good but fucking hell some of it sounds terrible. My Monster in particular is a distorted mess. I thought companies were getting away from this kind of production?

akm, Friday, 12 May 2017 22:00 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

There are many bands.

This is the best.

Afraid to listen to the new one though.

Treeship, Saturday, 10 June 2017 20:30 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

So Numero's going to be reissuing them now.

Full catalog following in fall 2019 per the PR mailout.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 18:18 (five years ago) link

Available in a limited edition of 10,000


stirmonster, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 18:40 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

More about the reissues, box set, new 12” etc

piscesx, Thursday, 8 November 2018 08:11 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

Which I see now upthread has been in the pipeline for awhile!

Rather! Took 'em long enough but nice to finally have it here.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 13:48 (one year ago) link

the super deluxe looks so nice but expensive, especially since their first six are relatively easy to find at record stores.

Wish they’d done an option for just the 6LPs but whatever.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 14:22 (one year ago) link

There's an option for just the extras, which is nice. But it's $200 for 4 lps, which is not nice.

Thus Sang Freud, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 14:42 (one year ago) link

I'll take 8 CDs for $100, Alex.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 14:44 (one year ago) link

i never, ever buy these kinds of box sets but after 2 years of fairly severe austerity i crumbled on this. it looks sooooo good.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 15:21 (one year ago) link

Yeah this is a no-brainer.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 15:24 (one year ago) link

There's an option for just the extras, which is nice. But it's $200 for 4 lps, which is not nice.

― Thus Sang Freud, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:42 AM (thirty-nine minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Looks like it's $100 for the 4 lps? Unless they charge another hundo for shipping or something. Here's what that consists of:

LP 1 Out-takes & rarities (‘Plaza Sound’):

Side A
01. ‘X Offender’ (Intro)
02. ‘X Offender’ (Private Stock Single)
03. ‘In The Sun’ (Private Stock Single)
04. ‘Little Girl Lies’ (Private Stock Mix)
05. ‘In The Flesh’ (Extended Intro)
06. ‘A Shark In Jets Clothing’ (Take 2)
07. ‘Kung Fu Girls’ (Take 8)
08. ‘Scenery’

Side B
01. ‘Denis’ (Terry Ellis Mix)
02. ‘Bermuda Triangle Blues – Flight 45’ (Take 1)
03. ‘I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No’ (Take 1)
04. ‘I’m On E’ (Take 2)
05. ‘Kidnapper ‘(Take 2)
06. ‘Detroit 442’ (Take 2)
07. ‘Poets Problem’

LP 2 Out-takes & rarities (‘Parallel Beats’):

Side A
01. ‘Once I Had A Love’ (Mike Chapman Demo)
02. ‘Sunday Girl’ (French Version)
03. ‘I’ll Never Break Away From This Heart Of Mine’ (Pretty Baby)
04. ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ (Mike Chapman Demo)
05. ‘Will Anything Happen’ (Instrumental)
06. ‘Underground Girl’

Side B
01. ‘Call Me’
02. ‘Spaghetti Song’ (Atomic Part 2)
03. ‘Die Young Stay Pretty’ (Take 1)
04. ‘Union City Blue’ (Instrumental)
05. ‘Llámame’

LP 3 Out-takes & rarities (‘Coca Cola’):

Side A
01. ‘I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer (Go Through It)’
02. ‘Live It Up’ (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
03. ‘Angels On The Balcony’ (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
04. ‘Tide Is High’ (Demo)
05. ‘Susie & Jeffrey’

Side B
01. ‘Rapture’ (Disco Version)
02. ‘Autoamerican Ad’
03. ‘Yuletide Throwdown’

LP 4 Out-takes & rarities (‘Home Tapes’):

Side A
01. ‘Nameless’ (Home Tape)
02. ‘Sunday Girl’ (Home Tape)
03. ‘Theme From Topkapi’ (Home Tape)
04. ‘The Hardest Part’ (Home Tape)
05. ‘Ring Of Fire’ (Home Tape)

Side B
01. ‘War Child’ (Chris Stein Mix)
02. ‘Call Me’ (Chris Stein Mix)
03. ‘Heart Of Glass’ (Chris Stein Mix)

peace, man, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 15:26 (one year ago) link

At minimum will pick up the 3 CD set...I'm a little wary of Blondie remasters in general, but if these are done right with no brickwalling and no treble spike, I'll definitely splurge for the eight disc set.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 15:27 (one year ago) link

i dunno, it looks like $200 to me, unless it's mis-listed.

Thus Sang Freud, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:00 (one year ago) link

Good thread from Erin Osmon here on what she was aiming to do with the liner notes

The word is out! I spent much of 2020 reporting and writing 35k words on Blondie. I also assembled a track-by-track oral history, and co-authored an extensive international discography. I consider this work my third book and I am damn proud of it.

— Erin Osmon (@ohnoerino) June 8, 2022

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:03 (one year ago) link

xp its $100 on the numero site, so someone goofed

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:07 (one year ago) link

those seem like awfully short LP sides, just sayin'

thinkmanship (sleeve), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:13 (one year ago) link

I dunno, I already own most of this on vinyl and earlier CD reissues. The rest of it seems like too many demos or versions of the same song to me (‘Kung Fu Girls’ Take 8.)

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:25 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Re: the box set, this is pretty amazing:

[Chris Stein] said, “You know, I have some stuff in my garage upstate. Would you like to come and look?” Of course, my eyes lit up, and I said, “Yes.” Then he said, “But there’s a problem with it. It’s all been underwater.” There was a flood in the garage and all of the assets were flooded. As the three of us know, because we do this, analog tape is a resilient format. We can triage it, vacuum the mold off, bake them, and then play them. I was not freaked out at all.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 06:12 (eight months ago) link

a tad damning of a sell point.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:20 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

There are many bands.

This is the best.


I highly recommend Debbie's autobiography. It's a great read. She comes across as truly authentic.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 29 June 2023 17:25 (five months ago) link

indeed! i just finished it and she and she comes across even more authentically than i could have imagined. a delight to read and spend some time in her head.

i was thrilled to find out she was pals with jg thirwell.

stirmonster, Thursday, 29 June 2023 19:07 (five months ago) link

And Alannah Currie!

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 29 June 2023 19:09 (five months ago) link

yes! i had no idea they were such great friends.

stirmonster, Thursday, 29 June 2023 19:19 (five months ago) link

I am super confused about this thread. I may have started it, but I wasn't on ilx until maybe 2002 and I definitely didn't start using the gypsy mothra handle until ... 2003? 2004? Weird.

Also, I too really enjoyed Debbie's autobiography.

She is and always will be my first, best and only celebrity crush.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 29 June 2023 19:27 (five months ago) link

she's a multicellular individual imo

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 June 2023 19:28 (five months ago) link

She's a dang force of nature.

Going back to the first post, I'd definitely, absolutely add "11:59" to the search pile.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 29 June 2023 20:15 (five months ago) link

Will check autobio, thanks yall. Listening now to this & suspecting that Debbie might cover or at least get a kick out of many tracks:

Performing as her poppier alter ego Kitty Ford, these restored acetates and publishing demos show another side of country and rockabilly trailblazer Mimi Roman. Her golden voice adorns songs of teen love, angst, heartbreak and more. This cataphonic delight is highlighted by the sultry-edged title track!
released August 26, 2022

On Sundazed, duh:

dow, Thursday, 29 June 2023 20:53 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Chris Stein's daughter Akira passed away earlier this year from a fentanyl overdose. I'm heartbroken for him.

peace, man, Wednesday, 26 July 2023 11:44 (four months ago) link

aw fuck.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 26 July 2023 13:08 (four months ago) link

That's hearbreaking.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 26 July 2023 15:41 (four months ago) link

so sad. there is a bbc doc from around 15 years ago that shows Blondie on tour with Chris Stein's family all there they all seem like one big happy family; i guess they showed that to show how close Debbie and Chris still are. brutal!

stirmonster, Wednesday, 26 July 2023 19:41 (four months ago) link

i had no idea re the connections to jim thirlwell.
thats a curveball i never expected.
in other news : chris stein is a twitter/mastodon regular.
he has answered me a couple of times.
but hey blondie vs foetus !?
well i never.

mark e, Wednesday, 26 July 2023 20:34 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

if you can find a way to see it, the BBC doc When Blondie Came To Britain is highly, highly recommended.

In 1977, a small and relatively unknown group called Blondie arrived in Bournemouth ahead of their first ever UK tour. This is the story of the key part Britain played in helping break one of the world’s most influential bands and examines a special relationship that has endured for nearly 50 years.

beautifully done and made with all the love. it was shown as part of a whole Blondie evening last night on BBC2.

stirmonster, Sunday, 19 November 2023 03:41 (one week ago) link

Available on iPlayer for another year ^

If any non-UK ilxors would like to see it let me know

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:46 (yesterday) link

I can't stop thinking about "Picture This" and the frenzy it works up into during the chorus when everything seems to fly apart. The verses are so simple and beautiful and direct and universal, and then the chorus starts to twist in on itself, with allusions to incredibly specific moments, the details accumulating like the detritus spun up by a tornado, and the grammar doesn't even really make sense anymore, until eventually, angrily, we climax with "if it weren't for your job at the GARAGE!!!" which doesn't rhyme with anything, and then we come back to earth. It's just extraordinary

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:50 (yesterday) link

Picture This is one of my favorite Blondie songs. Particularly when she analogizes her telephone number to a sky full of thunder. All the potential for passion and beauty if he would just pick up the phone and call her.

The garage line is hilarious. Yes, it's earth-shaking romantic thunder and lightning, but it plays across the small-stakes world of a woman and her mechanic.

I haven't listened to it yet, but this week's episode of Bandsplain is about Blondie.

peace, man, Thursday, 30 November 2023 12:11 (yesterday) link

xxp I would dearly love to see it. My love for Debbie, and for this band, is beyond reason.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 30 November 2023 14:03 (yesterday) link

watched it on YouTube the other day (in full quality). great watch and fortunate to have all the principal players around and interviewed.

bulb after bulb, Thursday, 30 November 2023 14:38 (yesterday) link

Tracer extremely otm and beautifully described

Honnest Brish Face (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 November 2023 15:14 (yesterday) link

Thank you NV :)

Ah whaddya know -

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 30 November 2023 15:57 (yesterday) link

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