Posts Tagged: debbie harry
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X and Blondie: How Enemies Become Frenemies Become Friends

Tonight, Blondie and X are playing at Roseland, the last stop on their big Aging Fabulous Legends Of Punk tour. (It's not really called that.) Tickets are $70 on Ticketmaster and about the same on Stub Hub. They're like old pals now, according to USA Today: "'I think there's a lot of respect' between the group's members, says X bassist John Doe."

Superfreaks will remember the live version of "Nausea," recorded in 1982 in San Diego, released on "Beyond and Back: The X Anthology." Exene gives an introduction: "Well. Well, well, well, well. I bet you guys wish Deborah Harry and Blondie was playing tonight, right? I bet [...]

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Debbie Harry's Haunted NYC Apartment

Debbie Harry: We used to live in a haunted building.

William S. Burroughs: What haunted it?

Debbie Harry: On top of the liquor store we lived in an old doll factory that had employed child labour. -The world's greatest lyricist speaks to the dirty old poet… in 1979. (via)

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"I'm Not The Kind Of Girl"

"Even her physical beauty seemed ironic; she seemed to deploy it as an analytical torch, a secret agent, dismantling the stereotypes she cheerfully traversed. In the Polaroid snapshots that Andy Warhol took of her in 1980, she gazes at him—and at the viewer—from across the moat of received wisdom, whose toxicity can’t touch her; with us, she exchanges a complicit glance, as if to say, We understand the joke that gender is, and we understand how masterfully I embody its barbed glories."

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Lady GaGa, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Debbie Harry And Sting Turn Carnegie Hall Into A Fancy Karaoke Bar

This performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" (yes, that one) from a Rainforest Fund benefit last night in New York City proves that while you can put the Lady in really uncomfortable "arty" shoes that make her look like she's about to fall over, you can't pry the lyrics to Journey's ever-unkillable ode to hope from her brain. (Elton, however, got a bit tripped up by the verses at the beginning there…) [Via / Related]

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DJ Johnny Dynell And The Glories Of New York's 80s Club Scene

Last weekend Mark Kamins died of a heart attack at age 57. The legendary DJ and producer—who worked with David Byrne, the Beastie Boys and Sinéad O'Connor—was best known for producing Madonna's first single, 1982's "Everybody," and helping sign her to Seymour Stein's Sire Records. Around that same time, Kamins produced another popular single, the dance-rap track "Jam Hot" by Johnny Dynell. (The song was featured in the iconic 1983 graffiti documentary Style Wars, and its lyrics—"Tank Fly Boss Walk Jam Nitty Gritty/You're listening to the boy from the big bad city"—were sampled in the #1 U.K. single "Dub Be Good To Me" by Beats International, the 1990s [...]