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Eat to the Beat

An album by Blondie

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Blondie at their nuclear best

  • Jan 6, 2000
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Well, the illluminati will tell you that Parallel Lines is the greatest Blondie album, and the charts will tell you that Autoamerican is. Eat to the Beat is supposed to be the album where Blondie got too big for its boots, but that's not the way I see it. Blondie rocks harder on this album than their earlier discs, where Debbie Harry tended to sound like a Martha and the Vandellas wannabe. This time round it's hi-octane New York rock - Clem Burke kicks the album off like a man who really should cut down on coffee, and 'Dreaming' updates the Vandella's sound to late seventies New York. While there's energy there's also plenty of thought - Debbie Harry, with a typically sharp eye, asks "Are you sitting all alone in your rocking chair, transistor pressed against an ear - or are you waiting at the bus-stop for a ride, or just to die by the handle of love - for you and love for me?" The album has its fair share of classic Blondie tracks: the shadow of disco is thrown across the exquisite 'Atomic' (and are they Hank Marvin's guitars we hear in the background, Mr Stein? Has someone been dusting off his Shadows' 20 golden greats collection? I think we should be told) and Union City Blue is another greatest hits staple which is characteristic of the feel of the album. There are some buried treasures here, too - in the slower tempos of 'Shayla' Debbie sings like a reconstructed country Diva, and the band rocks out on 'The Hardest Part', a song which is apparently about holding up a security van. Eat to the Beat certainly isn't perfect - but then neither is Rock 'n' Roll. The pretty silly title track is the weakest link (I mean, why didn't they call the album 'the Hardest Part'?). And while 'The Victor' is a beautifully formed piece of sceaming punk rock it is, alas, totally misplaced on this album, coming as it does immediately after pedestrian (and similarly out of place) 'Sound Asleep'. Maybe that's the point - it was a bit of pre-post modernism to buttress these to tracks together in the first place - but for my money the album could have done without either. It ain't perfect - but I don't think any Blondie album (aside from their 'Best of...', which without question is a 5 star affair) is. Over an album it's the best they were - attitude without being amateur, sophisticated without going through the motions (as they were during Autoamerican and beyond). And, in Atomic and Shayla, some classic pieces of American music.

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The illluminati will tell you that Parallel Lines is the greatest Blondie album, and the charts will tell you that Autoamerican is. Eat to the Beat is supposed to be the album where Blondie got too big for its boots, but that's not the way I see it. Blondie rocks harder on this album than their earlier discs, where Debbie Harry tended to sound like a Martha Reeves wannabe. This time round it's hi-octane New York rock - drummer Clem Burke kicks the album off like a man who really should cut down …
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1987 U.K. reissue on Chrysalis of their top 20 1979 album for the label. Out of print in the U.S., it features all 12 original tracks, including the top 30 hit 'Dreaming' and thetop 40 'Atomic'.
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Label: Musicrama, Koch
Artist: Blondie
Release Date: August 3, 1995

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