This Day In 1978 BLONDIE Peaked At No 2 In The UK With Smash Hit ‘DENIS’

Top singles from the past…

14 March 2021

Band: BLONDIE
Active: 1974–1982, 1997–present

Single: DENIS
Released: February 1978.
Score: #2 in the UK on 14 March 1978,
43 years ago today

Note 1: The song was written
by musician Neil Levenson in 1963
Note 2: It was Kate Bush who was
on the number one spot with her
ghostly debut 7″ ‘Wuthering Heights‘.

Oh Denis, ooh-be-do, I’m in love with you
Denis, ooh-be-do, I’m in love with you
Denis, ooh-be-do, I’m in love with you

The original

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BLONDIE Topped The US Singles Charts With ‘THE TIDE IS HIGH’ 40 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past

31 January 2021

Band: BLONDIE

Song: THE TIDE IS HIGH
Actually written by Jamaican artist John Holt in 1967 and
performed by The Paragons, with Holt as lead singer.

Score: The single topped the US Singles chart on
31 January 1981, 40 years ago today

Album: Autoamerican – fifth LP

Here we go…

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And here’s the John Holt (in the middle) original performed with The Paragons

BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Classic Albums Turning 45 In 2021

These 5 classic LP’s turn 45 in 2021

– BLONDIE – BLONDIE

Released: 10 December 1976 – debut LP
Rolling Stone wrote: “Everything is sung by Deborah Harry, possessor of a bombshell zombie’s voice that can sound dreamily seductive and woodenly Mansonite within the same song. It’s an interesting combination and forces all the songs on Blondie to work on at least two levels: as peppy but rough pop, and as distanced, artless avant-rock.”

Stream here…

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– RAMONES – RAMONES

Released: 23 April 1976 – debut LP
AllMusic wrote: “With the three-chord assault of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Ramones begins at a blinding speed and never once over the course of its 14 songs does it let up. The Ramones is all about speed, hooks, stupidity, and simplicity. The songs are imaginative reductions of early rock & roll, girl-group pop, and surf rock.”

Bop here…

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– STUPIDITY – DR. FEELGOOD

Released: 15 September 1976 – third LP
AllMusic wrote: “Comprised of recordings taken from 1975 tours, the live Stupidity finally captures the relentless, hard-driving energy of Dr. Feelgood at their peak. All the music on Stupidity is presented raw and without overdubs, making it clear that the dynamic friction between guitarist Wilko Johnson and vocalist Lee Brilleaux could propel the band toward greatness.”

Go nuts here…

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– DESIRE – BOB DYLAN

Released: 5 January 1976 – 17th LP
Rolling Stone said: “In typical Dylan style, the follow-up to Blood on the Tracks was mostly bashed out in one all-night New York session, fueled by tequila. “Sara,” his account of his crumbling marriage, and the politically charged “Hurricane” highlight the last great album
he’d make for many years.”

Here comes the hurricane

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– HOTEL CALIFORNIA – EAGLES

Released: 8 December 1976 – fifth LP
Billboard said: “The casually beautiful, quietly-intense multileveled vocal harmonies
and brilliant original songs that meld solid emotional words with lovely melody lines
are all back in force, keeping the Eagles at the acme of acoustic electric soft rock.”

You can check out any time you like,
but you can never leave!…

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BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Ace Singles Turning 45 In 2021

– THE BLITZKRIEG BOP – RAMONES

Released: February 1976
Album: Ramones

They’re formin’ in a straight line
They’re goin’ through a tight wind
The kids are losin’ their minds
The Blitzkrieg Bop

– ANARCHY IN THE UK – SEX PISTOLS

Released: 26 November 1976
Album: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

I am an anti-Christ
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I want to destroy the passerby

– X-OFFENDER – BLONDIE

Released: 17 June 1976
Album: Blondie

I saw you standing on the corner, you looked so big and fine.
I really wanted to go out with you, so when you smiled,
I laid my heart on the line

– CHERRY BOMB – THE RUNAWAYS

Released: June 1976
Album: The Runaways

Hello, daddy, hello, mom
I’m your ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb
Hello world I’m your wild girl
I’m your ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb

– THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN – THIN LIZZY

Released: 17 April 1976
Album: Jailbreak

Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that’d been away
Haven’t changed, had much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy

BLONDIE Released Fifth LP ‘AUTOAMERICAN’ 40 Years Ago

20 November 2020

Band: BLONDIE
Album: AUTOAMERICAN – fifth LP

Released: 19 November 1980 – 40 years ago
Score: #3 in the UK and #7 in the US

AllMusic said: “Autoamerican, on which they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks… Autoamerican was memorable only for its hits, which would be better heard when placed on a hits compilation.”
Full review here. Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume says: Blondie on autopilot.

Singles/clips: The Tide Is High / Rapture

– THE TIDE IS HIGH –

– RAPTURE –

Full album…

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Girl Power! BLONDIE And GARBAGE On Tour In The UK In Fall 2021

Sisters in crime Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson together on tour in the UK in 2021

DEBBIE: “We’ve toured with Garbage before and I adore them. We met Shirley early on when she was in the band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. Back in those days, we were managed by Gary Kurfirst at the same time, so our paths have crossed over the years. She inducted Blondie into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. So total respect and admiration for Garbage and for Shirley, and I love the music. We have a great show – I think it’s the dark side and the light side, and it makes for an interesting contrast. We tend to be a little more poppy and Garbage is more on the heavy street-rock side.”

SHIRLEY: “We are thrilled to be joining Blondie on this tour of the UK. They have been an enormous influence and inspiration to all of us in Garbage and it is always an honour to share the stage with such trailblazers.”