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Blondie Week – Day 5: Video Vault: “Heart of Glass”

TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEK’S RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  PARALLEL LINES, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FOURTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF BLONDIE WEEK BY AUTHOR KEMBREW MCLEOD!

Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” music video doubles as an allegory of their journey from the margins to the center of pop culture. It begins with a series of establishing shots of New York City’s streets, moving from Lower Manhattan to midtown and finally zeroing in on Studio 54. “The beginning of ‘Heart of Glass’ is a shot of the outside of Studio 54,” Blondie guitarist Chris Stein said, “which is why people think the whole video takes place there, but the interior was actually a forgotten club, the Copa, I think. It was much smaller than Studio 54.”

 

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