Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Wave Month Song of the Day #1 - Heart of Glass - Blondie

Once I had a love
And it was a blast
Soon turned out
Had a heart of glass

Oh, it feels like a Blondie day today!  Blondie was another one of those new wave acts borne out of the 70's that hit the mainstream in a big way during the 80's.  The band was founded by lead singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein and though they were considered underground at first, very much a part of the punk scene, their music incorporated many musical styles, such as rap, reggae, pop and of course the new wave sound.

In 1978, three years after the band's formation, Blondie released the album, Parallel Lines, their 3rd, which would eventually catapult them permanently into the mainstream.  Though the album didn't produce many hits, only the song One Way or Another and this one, Heart of Glass became one of their biggest hits ever, charting in several countries and selling well over 2 million copies worldwide.

The song was a departure in sound for the band, as the music accompanying the track was decidedly disco. The band took a lot of flak for this from fellow punk bands in New York, but it didn't matter.  Harry's high-pitched, yet smooth voice, mixed with that infectious track, resonated with music lovers everywhere and Blondie, superstar, was born.

The band would go on to achieve many successes in the coming years, with more hit records, critical acclaim, innovation, and an eventual induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.  Great band, great sound!  Check out Heart of Glass and stay tuned for more Blondie...

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