A pioneer in punk, pop, rap (“Rapture”), pop culture and fashion icon (Andy Warhol’s 1980 edition!), Debbie Harry was born on July 1, 1945 in Miami and raised in New Jersey, kick-starting his career in the band Wind. in the Willows folklore in the 1960s before joining the Stilettoes, which includes guitarist – ex-husband, lifelong collaborator and fellow Blondie band – Chris Stein.
Throughout her career with Blondie, which disbanded in 1982 and later reformed in 1997, Harry released several solo albums and also indulged in acting. First starring in a science fiction horror film directed by David Cronenberg in 1983 VideodromeHarry also appeared in hairspray In 1988, Tales from the dark side Film (1990), and more during the first decade of the twenty-first century in tie (2002), my life without me In 2003, the 2008 version eulogyStarring Matt Dillon and Norman Reedus.
In 2017, Harry released her eleventh studio album with Blondie, pollinators, followed by a world tour and a document of their journey and their live performances in Havana, Cuba in the short film Blondie: Live in HavanaReleased in 2021.
In 2019, Harry also released her memoir “Face It”, which included everything related to drugs, love, lovers, music, and how wild the journey was…so far.
“I had a great, happy time and had some confusion,” Harry said. “I somehow kept going and I don’t know if it was out of stubbornness or stupidity, but those two words start with ‘st’…Is anyone’s life all happy or all sad? That’s impossible. I don’t think it’s over yet. I feel the urge to To say to everyone “He’s not dead yet! He’s not dead yet!”
Even though Blondie is her root, she’s been Harry’s solo material since her debut in 1981 Coco Through her fifth album, A necessary evil In 2007, something to be explored or reconsidered.
Here are a few of the totally addictive tracks within Harry’s solo catalog that are worth playing, frequently.
“French Kissin (in the US)” (1986)
It was written by sitcom legend Chuck Lowry, who would later go on to create TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, Dharma and Greg, Two and a Half Men, More than that, “French Cuisine in the US” was a huge hit in the UK. Harry upgraded the track and his performance Saturday Night Live And if you look closely at the video, you will get to know actress Katie Sagal (sons of anarchy) In Before Peggy Bundy married and has children days.
Still with Blondie at the time of her debut CocoProduced by Niall Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic, some pop, rap, and funk tunes featured on the album, but there are several distinct moments for Harry as a solo artist, including the dreamy “Krum”.
“Rush Rush” (1983)
Harry’s second collaboration with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder (the first, Blondie’s ’80s song “Call Me”), was her first single after Blondie’s breakup in 1982. It was recorded between her first and second solo albums, “Rush Rush.” It revolves around many ecstasy states and even references yu Spanish slang for cocaine.
“In Love With Love” (1987)
She wrote with Stein, “In Love With Love” from her second solo album rockbird, produced by Seth Justman of the band J Giles, Harry said, for Blondie’s 1979 song Heart of Glass.
“Comic Books” (1989)
For the first time, Harry referred to herself as Deborah Harry on her third album Citizen, mute, blonde. Never released as a single, Comic Books pays homage to Harry’s sinister side with the nostalgia and daydreams associated with all those paperbacks and singing Long before I was 12, I was reading to myself / Archie, Josie, the superheroes / I was reading it to myself / I had the stars on the wall… 14 It was gas to me / Batman on TV / I was going to cheer on Super-Heroes/ They were everything I wanted to be. (Another punk track outside Citizen, dumb and blonde: “Bike Boy.”)
“Two Times Blue” (2007)
It was released as the first single from Harry’s fifth solo album A necessary eviland Harry’s first solo release in 14 years, “Two Times Blue” was a huge hit on the international dance scene. There are several versions and remixes of the track by Soul Seekerz and The Stonebridge Vocal, and this one features Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx side project Sixx: AM
“Bright Side” (1989)
Another track out Citizen, mute, and blondeBright Side talks about looking at the positives in the darkest of times.Whenever I feel trapped / trapped by the inevitable / I try to put my mind at ease / Protect the worn-out heart on my sleeve / This is when I feel completely new. Co-written with Stein, “Bright Side” also appeared on the 1980s TV show. wise person, which also starred Harry.
“I Can See Clearly” (1993)
From Harry’s Fourth Album corruptionwhich also featured instrumental backing from REM on the track “My Last Date (With You),” the first single “I Can See Clearly” was a dance and featured Harry Goth a bit in the video. Like many of her singles, Harry has co-wrote many of the corruption Tracks with ex-partner, Blondie bandmate, Chris Stein.
“Stand in My Way” (1993)
“Standing in My Way” features an old friend, the late Joey Ramone, who leaves his sinister mark corruption. Harry and Ramone (watch their duet with The Ramones below) beat in chorus empowering Harry There’s a noise in my head / Every day I see red / I feel like I can’t do anything at all Until I break the chains, I tear down the wall… Lots of people tell me what to do, what to think, and say / Now it’s time for me to do what I want / You better get out of my way / I’m out, get out of here / I can’t waste time anymore.
“I Want This Man” (1989)
Produced by the Thompson Twins’ Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey, “I Want That Man” (Dave Dump, the blonde) was Harry’s biggest success, peaking at number 13 in the US and topping the charts internationally. At one point referring to actor Harry Dean Stanton in the lyric I Want To Dance With Harry Dean, the song – she ended up in a short affair – “I Want This Guy” is a much more powerful song, about getting “that guy” and whatever. Another desirable at this age—Here comes the 21st century / It would be so much better for a girl like me / ‘Cause I want everything I can / But most of all I want that guy.
*Bonus Track (DUET) #1: “Go Lil Camaro Go” by The Ramones (featuring Debbie Harry)
Although this track is technically by The Ramones, from their 1987 album Halfway to the mindIt’s the perfect pairing for related musical spirits, which includes longtime band friend Harry. Although Harry has had some memorable duets (Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Perry Farrell, and more), this was a special moment in time with the late Joey Ramone and Harry singing a simple summertime tune. Girls, cars, sun, fun/good times everyone… Night go Camaro go Oh! Go at night Camaro go oh.
*BONUS TRACK (DUET) #2: “The Rainbow Link” with Kermit the Frog
In 1980, two unlikely beings united in one of network television’s most popular shows. Still with Blondie at the time, Harry separated from the band to host puppet show. In one of the rare performances in the series’ five seasons, Harry, dressed in a white kimono, joined Kermit to deliver a rapper for his signature song “Rainbow Connection,” a song originally written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Asher for Dolls movie in 1979. Harry later performed Blondie’s “Call Me” with Muppets House at the end.
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