Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blondie - "Shayla"

Awesome. I'd say this is hardly "pop music". Certainly transcends the genre. But then Blondie often did, almost habitually.
Blondie was always the band I thought of when I was reading Iain Banks' wonderful book Espedair Street. (Hmm, I think I'll re-read that again.)

A much later Blondie fave, from the end of last millennium:

Deborah is older, but then she is smiling, and what a smile! Pity she didn't do that so much in early days. (Didn't prevent me from falling for her like a rock in the seventies of course.) (Hokey sheet, she's 54 here! Good job.) I'll bet she had been advised by "her people": "Don't smile, dahlin', it's not the image we're going for."


Rich said...

Oh man, I love Debbie too. I remember bringing home the album with the uncut "Heart of Glass". Mom was a bit concerned but let it go when she heard it consisted of the word ass (rhymed with glass). Pretty quaint compared to the stuff my 16 year old daughter plays!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Hah, I bet!

I never thought about "ass" being in the lyrics. I think Debbie makes anything sound innocent and wholesome.
But twenty years later they said "ass" all the time on Friends, so...

By the way, I've been listening to Danish band Shu-bi-duah, which was great in the seventies, and man, did they use some swears! I don't get how they were played on the radio all the time, even if Danes are more laid-back. I think all the playful humor must have helped.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Oh! The radio version was different: