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Blondie [Bonus Tracks]
     

Blondie [Bonus Tracks]

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If new wave was about reconfiguring and recontextualizing simple pop
ock forms of the '50s and '60s in new, ironic, and aggressive ways, then Blondie, which took the girl group style of the early and mid-'60s and added a '70s archness, fit right in. True punksters may have deplored the group early on (they never had the hip cachet of

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If new wave was about reconfiguring and recontextualizing simple pop
ock forms of the '50s and '60s in new, ironic, and aggressive ways, then Blondie, which took the girl group style of the early and mid-'60s and added a '70s archness, fit right in. True punksters may have deplored the group early on (they never had the hip cachet of Talking Heads or even the Ramones), but Blondie's secret weapon, which was deployed increasingly over their career, was a canny pop straddle -- they sent the music up and celebrated it at the same time. So, for instance, songs like "X Offender" (their first single) and "In the Flesh" (their first hit, in Australia) had the tough-girl-with-a-tender-heart tone of the Shangri-Las (the disc was produced by Richard Gottehrer, who had handled the Angels ["My Boyfriend's Back"] among others, and Brill Building songwriter Ellie Greenwich even sang backup on "In the Flesh"), while going one step too far into hard-edged decadence -- that is, if you chose to see that. (The tag line of "Look Good in Blue," for example, went, "I could give you some head and shoulders to lie on.") The whole point was that you could take Blondie either way, and lead singer Deborah Harry's vocals, which combined rock fervor with a kiss-off quality, reinforced that, as did the band's energetic, trashy sound. This album, released on independent label Private Sound, was not a major hit, but it provided a template for the future. [The 2001 CD reissue on Capitol, which spiffed up the sonics significantly -- thus diminishing the trashiness of the sound -- added five bonus tracks: three demos, including the archetypal "Platinum Blonde," a cover of the Shangri-Las' "Out in the Streets," as well as the original single versions of "X Offender" and "In the Sun."]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353359621
catalogNumber:
33596
Rank:
11196

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Performance Credits

Blondie   Primary Artist
Debbie Harry   Vocals,Group Member
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals
Jimmy Destri   Piano,farfisa organ,Piano (Grand),Roland Synthesizer,Group Member
Clem Burke   Drums
Hilda Harris   Background Vocals
Chris Stein   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Gary Valentine   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Micki Harris   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Craig Leon   Producer,Remixing
Alan Betrock   Producer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Liner Notes
Brian Kelley   Producer
Chris Stein   Composer
Marty Thau   Composer,Additional Music
Robert Fisher   Reissue Design
Bob Gruen   Reissue Photography
Kevin Flaherty   Producer,Reissue Producer,Reissue Compiler
Darren Wong   Art Direction
Ray Stevenson   Reissue Photography
Bryan Kelley   Reissue Producer
Rob Freeman   Engineer
Jonathan Postal   Reissue Photography
Ronnie Toast   Composer

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