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How Many Bands Does It Take to Screw Up a Blondie Tribute?

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All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Few labels know how to set expectations quite like Sympathy for the Record Industry. With their Blondie tribute, the title would appear to say it all, but then there's the sticker on the back -- "24 tracks by 24 bands that aren't as good as Blondie" -- and the typically self-deprecating liner notes by label head Long Gone John. Almost makes you wanna pick up another copy of Parallel Lines instead, doesn't it? But the testimonials from Debbie Harry and Chris Stein tell another story: Maybe this compilation isn't so bad -- or so unnecessary -- after all. And how about that boffo cover art? Well, the music may not be bad, but "necessary" is another matter entirely. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Few labels know how to set expectations quite like Sympathy for the Record Industry. With their Blondie tribute, the title would appear to say it all, but then there's the sticker on the back -- "24 tracks by 24 bands that aren't as good as Blondie" -- and the typically self-deprecating liner notes by label head Long Gone John. Almost makes you wanna pick up another copy of Parallel Lines instead, doesn't it? But the testimonials from Debbie Harry and Chris Stein tell another story: Maybe this compilation isn't so bad -- or so unnecessary -- after all. And how about that boffo cover art? Well, the music may not be bad, but "necessary" is another matter entirely. The bands selected are mostly all-girl pop-punk combos from the U.S. and Canada. Some are Sympathy acts, some not. Most aren't particularly well-known, with the possible exception of the Chubbies and the Beards featuring Kim Shattuck from the Pandoras and the Muffs. The overall approach toward Blondie's catalog, however, is largely the same: Ditch the keyboards, speed up the tempo -- bash it out. Consequently, L'Alouette, Third Grade Teacher, and the Beards stand out simply by slowing down the pace. How Many Bands Does It Take to Screw Up a Blondie Tribute? isn't quite the disaster its title would imply, but it's short on inspiration and too few of the vocalists can even begin to touch the charisma of the inimitable Ms. Harry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Sympathy 4 The R.I.
  • UPC: 790276059924
  • Catalog Number: 599
  • Sales rank: 174,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Call Me - Squatweiler (3:01)
  2. 2 Little Girl Lies (2:03)
  3. 3 Hanging on the Telephone (2:15)
  4. 4 X-Offender - Fur (3:15)
  5. 5 11:59 (3:22)
  6. 6 In the Flesh (1:45)
  7. 7 Look Good in Blue - Annette De La Cloche (3:42)
  8. 8 Accidents Never Happen - Tuuli (3:55)
  9. 9 Rip Her to Shreds (3:16)
  10. 10 In the Sun - Trinket (2:41)
  11. 11 Heart of Glass (3:09)
  12. 12 Atomic - Third Grade Teacher (5:10)
  13. 13 Maria (4:32)
  14. 14 Dreaming - Skrap (2:31)
  15. 15 Living in the Real World - Highschool Sweethearts (2:34)
  16. 16 Kung Fu Girls - Buck (2:09)
  17. 17 Walk Like Me - 4gasm (3:50)
  18. 18 Attack of the Giant Ants - The Hissyfits (3:40)
  19. 19 One Way or Another - Yellow Scab (3:41)
  20. 20 Detroit 442 (2:36)
  21. 21 Denis - Scooter Skirts (2:17)
  22. 22 The Tide Is High (2:41)
  23. 23 (I Am Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear - The Beards (3:22)
  24. 24 Fade Away and Radiate - Jhenne D'arcflower (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beards Track Performer
Friggs Track Performer
The Chubbies Track Performer
Phenobarbidols Track Performer
Trinket Track Performer
Fur Track Performer
Kowalskis Track Performer
Tuuli Track Performer
Short Fuses Track Performer
The Kirby Grips Track Performer
The Come Ons Track Performer
Space Surfers Track Performer
The Excessories Track Performer
The Hissyfits Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Holt Composer
Debbie Harry Composer
Teena Marie Composer
Bennie Moten Composer
Jimmy Destri Composer
Tony Hatch Composer
Chris Stein Composer
Gary Valentine Composer
Randy Muller Composer
Otis Hendricks Composer
Laura Davis Composer
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