Thursday, November 21, 2019

Song of the Day: 'T-Birds' by Blondie


Tickled to see Tim Pearson's 40-years-too-late rave of Blondie's "Autoamerican," which left critics flat despite brilliant back-to-back Number One singles. "Ahead of its time" may be an overused descriptor. But in today's era of overproduction and Auto-Tune, it's hard to imagine a listener today being anything but dazzled by an LP that featured not only accessible rap and reggae, but also cocktail, jazz, spaghetti western-inspired and Broadway music, with an epic film score opener to boot. Footnote: Can you imagine not releasing a third single from an album this successful? What would have been YOUR pick for a third 45?  

4 comments:

Blobby said...

that's a great question with almost no good answer. I might have to actually go with "Do the Dark"

Dov said...

Due to your post, I downloaded this album from iTunes and was pleasantly surprised. It made wonder why the hell didn't I even know about this back in the 80's.

Unknown said...

Angels on the Balcony is a great track.

Ray said...

I agree with "Unknown." Angels on the Balcony is one of Blondie's absolute best, although it seems to be very little known. But Do the Dark is also single worthy, if you ask me, and quite possibly T-Birds.

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