Musician Spotlight: Blondie
A week or so ago, I was listening to my Joan Jett & The Blackhearts station on last.fm when I am slammed by the sound of a guitar and female vocals with a New Jersey accent. I look to see the song currently playing is “Hanging on The Telephone” by Blondie. As I continue listening to the song, I have the urge to dance along with the guitars and start loving the yearning in the singer’s voice when she sings, “Oh, I can’t control myself!” That’s when I decide to look up Parallel Lines, the album the song is on. From there, I ended up listening to Blondie’s entire discography and discovering thirteen other songs I really liked.
One of the best things about Blondie is its music. For a band, they have the most eclectic sound I have ever heard. By the time they had reached their zenith in the 8o’s, they had done punk, pop-rock, disco, reggae, jazz, funk, and rap. When it comes to doing a song featuring rap, they were ahead of their time. Thanks to meeting graffiti artist Fab Five Freddy, they were able to embrace rap when it was just beginning to take off.
Another great aspect of their music is their lyrics. Like their sound, there is a lot of variety, Some lyrics are fun, some are relaxing, and others make a statement. Some of my favorite songs are “Eat to The Beat“,“Follow Me “, and “Die Young, Stay Pretty.”
Last but not least, the vocals of Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry. They are different things depending on the song. For instance, “Rapture” and “Heart of Glass” have Harry’s vocals becoming airy like Donna Summers. On slower songs like “Sound-A-Sleep” and “Shayla” they are soothing and angelic. On rock songs like “Living in the Real World”, her voice has a growl to it that is reminiscent of 80’s rocker Joan Jett.
All and all, this band is now my number one favorite band. I am happy they are still making music today, but I personally think they reached their peak in the 80s . Nonetheless, I would recommend them to anyone.