Sunday, 7 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 2 - 8. Debbie Harry

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 2 - 8. DEBBIE HARRY (320kbs-m4a/133mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th November 2017

From their early days as part of the CBGBs scene in New York in the late 70's - it was obvious Blondie were a new kind of band. They absorbed influences such as Warhol, '50s Americana and '60s girl group pop with the rough edges of their new wave contemporaries. Fronting the band was Debbie Harry - sounding and looking smarter, cooler, more beautiful and charismatic than any other singer in any other band around.

On this week's First Time, Matt Everitt speaks to Debbie about Blondie's early career developing alongside CBGBs bands the Ramones, Talking Heads and Television, the pressures that came with the band's enormous fame (and her place as the focal part of that), the management problems that dogged Blondie's history, her strong views on the role of women in rock and her dislike of being called 'an icon'.

First broadcast in 2011.

Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Blondie - Rapture
Fats Domino - Be My Guest
Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Perfect Man
The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Talking Heads - Love Goes To Building On Fire
Blondie - X Offender
Blondie - Picture This
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Blondie - I'm Always Touched By Your Prescence Dear
Blondie - Rapture
Debbie Harry - French Kissing In The USA
Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop - Well Did You Evah
Ornette Coleman - Ramblin
Blondie - Maria
Blondie - Mother

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