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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

§ I Am Music and I Pick the Songs: Heart of Glass

{Song #41 « Song #42 » Song #43}

§ ≡ One of an ongoing series of posts in which I pick, in my not-so-humble opinion, the best songs of the second millennium. Feel free to offer constructive dissenting opinions; preferably set to music.

Song #42 is Heart of Glass, sung by Blondie (Debbie Harry - lead vocals).

"Heart of Glass" is a song by American New Wave band Blondie. Featured on the band's third studio album, Parallel Lines, it was released as a single in 1979 and topped the charts in several countries, most notably in the United Kingdom and the United States. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 255 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

What can I say; I'm partial to blonds. It's got a great beat too.

Heart Of Glass - Blondie (Debbie Harry)
h/t hushhush112
Related Link » Heart of Glass: Music Video “The "Heart of Glass" promotional video was filmed at the Studio 54 discothèque in New York City with director Stanley Dorfman. The video begins with footage of New York City in the night, before joining Blondie perform at Studio 54. Then, the video alternates between close-ups of Harry's face as she lip-syncs, and mid-distance shots of the entire band. In the video Harry wears a silver dress designed by Stephen Sprouse. To create the dress, Sprouse photo-printed a picture of television scan lines onto a piece of fabric, and then, according to Harry, ‘put a layer of cotton fabric underneath and a layer of chiffon on top, and then the scan-lines would do this op-art thing’. [...] ‘Draped in a sheer, silver Sprouse dress,’ Kris Needs summarized, while writing for Mojo Classic, ‘Debbie sang through gritted teeth, while the boys cavorted with mirror balls’. Studying Harry's attitude in the ‘effortlessly cool’ video, music writer Pat Kane felt she ‘exuded a steely confidence about her sexual impact ... The Marilyn [Monroe] do has artfully fallen over, and she's in the funkiest of dresses: one strap across her shoulder, swirling silks around about her. Her iconic face shows flickers of interest, amidst the boredom and ennui of the song's lyrics’. [...] Reviewing the Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision DVD for Pitchfork Media, Jess Harvell wrote that while ‘owning your own copy of 'Heart of Glass' may not seem as cool [anymore] ... there's the always luminous Deborah Harry, who would give boiling asparagus an erotic charge, all while looking too bored to live’.” — ‘From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia’
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1 comment:

  1. I give it a 95, 'cause it's easy to dance to.

    And Debbie Harry is just, well... hotter than the core of Planet Gore.