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  • BLONDIE: PARALLEL LINES: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Blondie’s third album and fueled by the hit single Heart of Glass a #1 in both the US and UK- the album also went to #1 in the UK and #6 in the US. In the midst of Disco Sucks- this new wave-disco hybrid seemed to be popular with everyone including those who hated disco.  One Way or Another was also a hit #24. Other favorites- Sunday Girl, Hanging On The Telephone,  Picture This and the cover of Buddy Holly’s I’m Gonna Love You Too. Their best album.

A smiling adult African American male (Michael Jackson) with a black afro, wearing a black tuxedo, white shirt, and a black bow tie. Both of his thumbs are hooked into his pants pockets with his palms and fingers facing forward and splayed out. The sides of his jacket are tucked behind his hands as he leans back slightly, giving a playful, casual touch to his formal look. Behind him there is a brown brick wall and to the side of his head are "MICHAEL JACKSON" in yellow chalk writing and "OFF THE WALL" in white chalk writing. "JACKSON" and "WALL" are separately underlined.

  • MICHAEL JACKSON: OFF THE WALL:1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album before Thriller. This was just a great Michael Jackson album- unlike Thriller which became I believe the noose around Michael’s neck.  Off The Wall was his break through album not commercially but artistically . Two #1’s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough and Rock With You and two other Top 10’s-Off The Wall and She’s Out of My Life. Another favorite- his cover of Paul McCartney’s Girlfriend. It is too bad his popularity couldn’t have stayed at this level. He didn’t deal well with what happened next.

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  • RICKIE LEE JONES: RICKIE LEE JONES: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The other day I mentioned Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street as being an out of left field hit- well in 1979 Rickie Lee Jones released her debut album and had a #4 hit with Chuck E’s In Love- now that was an out of left field hit. The album reached #3. I loved that song-bought and liked the album but after listening to the album a few times figured she would never have another big hit. Young Blood from this album hit #40 but she never came close to a hit again. She’s still out there releasing albums and of course is writing her memoirs like every other musician. Favorite songs on this album- Chuck E’s In Love, Coolsville, The Last Chance Texaco, Danny’s All-Star Joint, Easy Money.
  • four days ago my goal was to listen to at least one of my old vinyl albums a day- and to eventually listen to every one that I have— 4 days and I’ve  listened to 26 many of which I haven’t listened to in–decades.

also listened to this weeks Celtic Crush on The Loft.



    • I thought and still think- Heart of Glass was a great single. I hadn’t heard of them before this album–I can see where the original fans would have been disappointed i guess. My favorite Blondie song ever- Dreaming- from Eat To The Beat. A song that should have been a big hit but I think it peaked around #30 or somewhere close to that.

    • I also liked Heart of Glass…it made me a fan of her. I liked Dreaming also.
      The Tide is High was interesting also. She did try new things.

    • Blondie’s window was brief but they made the most of their short time. 4 #1’s in 3 years.. I never cared for Rapture- the others I liked. Dreaming peaked at #27 i think it’s probably was it was too rock oriented of a song for the time.

  1. You simply couldn’t switch on the radio in Germany in the late ‘70s and not hear “Heart Of Glass”. I don’t believe “Sunday Girl” was as popular, though I actually had that tune as a 45!

    No matter whether you consider it disco or not (I would say at a bare minimum it was heavily influenced by disco), undoubtedly, “Heart Of Glass” was a pretty catchy song!

    • It has that disco beat but I wouldn’t call it a pure disco song. They had 4 #1’s- 4 other hits the other 4 hits were marginal hits- but when they had a big hit- in the US it went to #1. Never cared for Rapture.

  2. Does anyone remember Deborah Harry’s very first solo album KOO KOO (1981) ? It was critically savaged and commercially was a non-event as well but it’s actually one of my favourite all-time albums. The cover art was also a standout.

    • It was four bolt type needles enteering the left side of her face and coming out the right side of her face. She was the original extreme piercings girl only ahead of her time. I have to list my alltime favourite Blondie album however as AUTOAMERICAN (1980). That truly was a music artefact ahead of its time.

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