Friday, August 15, 2008

For Your iPod Fridays: Blondie

I'm in a very Blondie-circa-Plastic-Letters mood these days. When I was in high school, I worshiped this band. I have all their albums. On vinyl. And imports and bootlegs worth the kind of dough that could fund a small South American putsch. It wasn't so much that I wanted to be Debbie Harry, although her pop cultural cool was unsurpassed. No, what I really wanted was to be was Clem Burke. Most underrated drummer ev-ah.

What I like about this song is that it illustrates perfectly Blondie's roots before achieving super duper mega stardom with Parallel Lines and its hit single, the tongue-in-disco's-cheek "Heart of Glass." Before all that, Blondie was a punk band. Still tongue-in-cheek, but definitely more rough edged.

This is for Mandy in Detroit, who I'm hoping can shed some light on the "442" part of this song:

13 comments:

iamnot said...

Dig that outfit!
Add a riding crop and she's got a real moneymaker there.

Doris Rose said...

weeelll, this explains volumes...
I'm guessing 442 has something to do with a car engine, but that is from listening to "surfer" songs. it's a generational thing, I guess.

Doris Rose said...

ps
check this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldsmobile_442

Mandy said...

It's the motor city baby. Four-four-two refers to the Olds 442, but I see Doris Rose has beaten me to it.

How timely of you to post this, as it's the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit this week, and the avenue is jam-packed full of classic cars and fat people.

Vroom, vroom.

moi said...

Iamnot: I know, 80s New Wave/Punk fashion was awesome trash/tacky fun! I have the photos to prove it :o)

DorisRose: Oh, snap. Thanks for explaining. And Mandy for confirming. Still, doesn't shed all that much more light on the song, though, does it?

Mandy: Dang, that would be something to see. Half my life is spent jonesing for a handful of select American muscle cars, although Mustang, Schmustang - I'm pretty much Chevy all the way.

Anonymous Boxer said...

You know, she's still looking pretty fabulous.

Mandy said...

Did you just say Chevy?

*HEARTS*

I write for Chevy!

*Girl Scream*

moi said...

AB: She's looking TOTALLY fabulous!!!!

Mandy: No. Way. Be still Moi's heart. So, uh, you're the person I speak to about scoring one of these?

http://www.chevrolet.com/camaro/

I swear, I will go into HOCK for this car. I know it's poleetically incorrect but I gotta have it.

The Troll said...

What a rare gem you found. And you're right, Clem Burke was a great drummer. Everyone beat me to the Olds 442 guess.

Basically, it was a standard Fischer Body Cutlass with: 400 ci engine, 4 barrel carberator, 2 exhaust pipes. 442.

moi said...

Troll: And you broke it down even further, thanks!

Aunty Belle said...

LEft ya note back on Summer.

Gotta check this out now...back soon.

Aunty Belle said...

uh...okay, I admit it. This is outa mah pay grade. The drums ain't bad, but was that singin'?

Mandy said...

I just write about them. I can't score you one. If I could, I wouldn't be driving a Honda with over 100,000 miles on it.

*Sigh*