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Pop Rewind: Blondie “Heart Of Glass”

Here in the twenty-teens, it’s easy to look back and view the disco craze of the 1970s as an anomaly, a musical style unto itself that lived a short but interesting life. But 1979’s “Heart of Glass,” put out by punk/New Wave outfit Blondie, serves as a reminder that even back then there was bleedover between genres—sometimes more than people thought was appropriate.

When “Heart of Glass” came out, it was actually met with quite a bit of resistance from New Wave and punk purists who accused the dominant New York New Wave band of selling out and pandering to the public by making it a disco song. However, “Heart of Glass” was apparently always intended to have a disco feel. Blondie co-founders Deborah Harry and Chris Stein had originally penned an even more “disco” version of the tune in 1975 under the title “Once I Had Love,” several years before this updated version was released. While Blondie never gave up their New Wave persona, this song ironically remains one of their best-remembered singles.

Blondie broke up in 1982, and Deborah Harry went on to release numerous solo records and try her hand at acting before the band re-formed in 1997. They continue recording and performing to this day.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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