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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 […]

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Blondie Week – Day 4: The Origins of “Heart of Glass”

TO CELEBRATE TODAY’S RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  PARALLEL LINES, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF BLONDIE WEEK BY AUTHOR KEMBREW MCLEOD! “Heart of Glass” was one of the first songs Chris Stein wrote for Blondie in 1974, and it was included on their 1975 demo as “The Disco Song.” Valentine recalled, “It

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Blondie Week – Day 1: Excerpts from Blondie’s Fan Mail, circa Parallel Lines

TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING RELEASE (MARCH 24th) OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  PARALLEL LINES, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF BLONDIE WEEK BY AUTHOR KEMBREW MCLEOD! After Parallel Lines went multiplatinum, the number of adolescent fans outnumbered the group’s adult hipster contingent by a wide margin. We can get a glimpse of Blondie’s

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Video Vault: Blondie, “Hanging On The Telephone”

With summer now a hazy memory and October dragging into its 17th week, it is fitting to reflect on the moody album once described by Rolling Stone’s Arion Berger as “romantic fatalism”: Blondie’s Parallel Lines. I have been pining for the glamorous while exclusively dressing in well-worn athletic wear and never leaving home. Debbie Harry’s vocals, accompanied by a reading of Kembrew McLeod’s “gloriously revisionist history” (MTV News) of this album, offer a refreshing dose of allure.

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The Shangri-Las Week: Day 4 – Does this sound familiar?

On Ada Wolin’s last day of her blog takeover, she takes us through rock ‘n’ roll history, highlighting the artists who have continued the legacy of The Shangri-Las. Read and listen below! The Shangri-Las have been named-checked so many times in rock ‘n’ roll, it’s hard to even know where to start. Their legacy runs

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33 Things: February Edition

Every month, we try to put together a fun, exciting, and sometimes silly list of 33Things that happened in music. We’ve followed the Twitter evolution of Kanye’s new album and hoped for the return of Wolf Parade; we’ve analyzed Justin Bieber’s sad face and pondered drinking Queen beer; we’ve questioned Sufjan’s fashion choices and Lil

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