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Blondie?

Hello, kittens and dawgs! In Last Thursday BoTB, I featured Blondie’s Call Me cover between two rival bands got the gears spinning in my head. I took on the persona as internet detective to see what I could learn about, What ever happened to Blondie?

I always thought Blondie was around throughout the 80s and 90s, but I discovered after the band gained mainstream success in the late 70s that they took a break in 1981.

During the group’s music pause, the band members kept busy with their solo careers.  Debbie Harry released her album KooKoo with Stein’s help and she even did a little acting.  Jimmy Destri (with Burke’s help) released the album, Heart on a Wall. Both had little success as solo artists. Burke went to Europe to play drums on Eurythmics début album. At the end of 1981 Blondie gathered to produce a new album, The Hunter, which released in 1982. It didn’t get the kind of success as their earlier work. Again, Harry continued to work her moderately successful solo career in the mid-80s through the 90s with Stein active contribution. Burke became much-in-demand session drummer. Destri kept his career active as a producer and session musician.

The 80s and 90s spawn new interest with a newer generation of listeners. They reunited at the end of 1996 and the following year they gave their first performance. In 1998, they did an international tour. No Exit released in 1999, hitting the US charts #18 and #3 in the UK. From this album, song track Maria became a #1 hit single in the UK.

 

In 2003, they released The Curse of Blondie, (chart positions US at 160 and UK at 36) ) which proved rather dismal on the music charts. However, song track Good Boys managed to rank at #12 on the UK charts.

 

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of their album Parallel Lines, Blondie began a world tour in June 2008. Inspired by the attendance received on the world tour the band began working on another album. Panic of Girls released in May 2011 to the UK as a limited edition “fan pack” offer. The lead single offered as a free download from this album beforehand put Mother at #30.

 

2012 Blondie continued to tour doing a concert in NYC which streamed live on YouTube. Blondie 4(0) Ever is a 2-disc remix of old hits and new songs their album Ghost of Downloads released in 2014; spawning three new singles from Blondie’s 10th album.

 

 

 


Supposedly Blondie was working on an album for 2015 and taped a special for PBS to air this year (you read about it, here), featuring two new songs. I don’t know if this episode has aired and I can’t find a schedule for upcoming programming.

I’ll leave you with a factoid I found interesting. Commissioned to write a song bearing the same name as 1981 James Blond Flick, For Your Eyes Only, but the producer rejected Blondie going with another.

For Blondie fans, you can follow the band on these social media platforms.

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Have a tunetastic day and I’ll be seeing all my peeps back tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday!

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#SundaySillies: Just for laughs video #humor and #BOTB results

Good morning, kittens & dawgs let’s enjoy the weekend with a bit giggles with  X-ray vision, Oh my!

 

You thought I forgot, didn’t you? Well, I didn’t for all y’all #BOTB enthusiast. First up thanks for voting and second the survey worked beautifully for tally the count producing the results of the I’m Into Something Good show-down. I thought about voting, but honestly, it wouldn’t matter one way or the other.

Marianne Faithful… 3 votes

The Bird and The Bee… 7 votes

The winner is The Bird and The Bee!

That’s all for now, folks. If you have giggles to share, then we’d love to see ‘em! Until next time, keep smiling and a have laughtastic week!

Do you like music? If so, then join me tomorrow on the dance floor for Monday’s Music Moves Me!

I’m Into Something Good #BOTB

Hello, kittens & dawgs! Holy cow, it’s a brand new month! That adorable little rodent, Punxatony Phil, will make his annual forecast tomorrow. For his sake, I hope he does NOT see his shadow. Regardless of what Phil has to say, I will make the best of the gloomy days of winter with the happiness that music gives.

Inspiration for today came from this past Monday’s music feature of Herman’s Hermits.  I wish Peter Noone stopped by for a dance, but he didn’t. *sigh* Anyway, during the height of the British invasion, Herman’s Hermits made Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s song I’m Into Something Good famous. What I found interesting is it was originally recorded by Earl Jean Cookies’ member in 1964. Slap my face and call me Sally. I thought Herman’s Hermit did the original. What a surprise!

Naturally, I grew up listening to Herman’s Hermits cover, so it’s automatically out of the running for the band showdown. After all, part of the fun is to see if someone else does as good as or better than the original (or popular) artist. So, I decided to see who else did this song.

I found only a handful of artists did I’m Into Something Good and only two artists who did it in recent years. It’s Marianne Faithful against The Bird and The Bees in today’s BOTB. Who will win? Only you can decide. So, listen and vote!

In 2002 Marianne Faithful did the cover for her album Kissin Time

 

The Bird and The Bee released their cover in 2010, as a single and later included in the soundtrack for the motion picture Valentine’s Day.


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Hopefully, my little survey form will work beautifully with making it easier for me to get the results. You can still tell us why you like your chosen artist the best in comments and if not the survey doesn’t work properly, then add your vote in comments like usual. One more option, I want to offer is this, If you think there is no clear winner for whatever reason, then say so and let me know what you think about including this an option in my next showdown. Sometimes this is the way I feel when I listen to a cover and wish afterward that I declared no contest/winner.

Okay, visit STMcCP to get the 411 on how Battle of the Bands works, but those who know what to do then it’s time to play along with the other members!

I’ll have the results next week this time, so I invite you to check back to see if your pick gets named the winner. Thanks so much. Until we meet again, have bandtastic day!