You could call it the curse of Blondie. Debbie Harry prefers “double- edged sword.”
For the iconic front woman of the equally iconic band, more than three decades of being in the spotlight has been bittersweet.
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“You are really proud of your success, you are proud of the things you’ve written and done, yet it sort of haunts you in a way,” says the grand dame of ’70s New Wave glitterati.
Success rarely gets much bigger than Blondie’s 1978 opus Parallel Lines, a rock milestone that not only spawned hits such as Heart Of Glass and One Way Or Another but also helped make New York’s underground DIY sounds a household phenomenon. “It really changed what was being played on radio in the (United) States and opened up a whole new era of more modern music,” Harry says.
Blondie is currently on a North American tour to mark the 30th anniversary of Parallel Lines. An expanded anniversary edition of the album, featuring four bonus tracks and a DVD, is due June 24.
Harry admits that keeping the hits relevant and evolving is a major focus of the band, which now includes only two other original members, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke.
“The trick is to not just stand there like a robot, the trick is to make it come alive for the audience and the band,” she says.