Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
22 September 2018
Album: PARALLEL LINES – third LP
Released: 23 September 1978 – 40 years ago
BBC MUSIC review: “The most perfect example of Blondie’s grafting of sixties power pop
with new wave, Parallel Lines was one of the biggest hits of 1978/9. Supremely assured, the group was unafraid to go disco, go art, or just play fine, fine pop. After years in the business, Debbie Harry was street-wise, confident, completely in control. Thousands of teenagers were enraptured – boys wanted to be with her, girls wanted to be her. With her musical partner Chris Stein, they created intelligent pop that referenced all of their 60s favourites, while embracing the CBGBs punk scene in New York that the group had grown out of.” Full review here.
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: With ‘Parallel Lines‘ Blondie had the guts and the incredible talent to reinvent pop music in a most thrilling way and say goodbye to punk which became a fashion brand by then. Respect! Sing along, folks, loud!
THREE TOP TRACKS (hard choice): Sunday Girl / Picture This / Heart Of Glass
* SUNDAY GIRL
* PICTURE THIS
* HEART OF GLASS
ALBUM in full…
(Photo: AP Press Blondie)