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Blondie’s Autoamerican: A lost classic
05.07.2010
07:50 pm

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Blondie
Debbie Harry
Chris Stein

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Debbie Harry by Andy Warhol
 
How can it be that we haven’t yet covered Blondie on this blog? What a tragic oversight! One that I must redress immediately…

I absolutely loved Blondie when I was a kid, after discovering them on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert when I would have been about ten. I recall being transfixed by how beautiful Debbie Harry was and thinking how cool she dressed. I had never seen a girl who looked like this before… and I was quite impressed. Debbie Harry made a strong impression on my young mind that a keen and idiosyncratic fashion sense most probably signaled a female creature of high intelligence (nearly, but not always, true). I was a fan from that moment on, believe me when I tell you…

The first Blondie song I heard on that day was In The Sun. I danced and pogoed around my grandparent’s living room in my socks, sliding on the floor as I did so. Watch the clip below. It was an exhilarating thing to see something like this back then. I was a kid very attuned to rock music—the way most ten-year-olds today are into SpongeBob SquarePants—and Blondie was a real sit up and pay attention change of pace from Foghat, Uriah Heap and REO Speedwagon, the groups normally seen on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.
 

 
Completely aside from the insanely sassy gorgeousness of Debbie Harry, Blondie really stood apart musically from everything else that was going on at the time. Their songs were catchy, upbeat and fun. Despite their CBGBs pedigree, they really were never punks. There was a knowing calculation behind their persona, a campy, cabaret vision of ‘60s girl groups and Farfisa-infused garage pop.

For my money, the greatest artistic statement made by the band is 1980’s Autoamerican, an album reviewed poorly when it came out and that has never really been properly re-evaluated by either critics or audiences.

Autoamerican has aged very, very well. It doesn’t sound like anything else other than Blondie and so is a bit timeless in that sense. The opening track, Europa, a brooding modernist instrumental that dissolves into a spoken word rant from Harry extolling the virtues of cars. It’s an amazing song and a cool way to open the collection. The album contains both The Tide is High (originally a late ‘60s rocksteady hit in Jamaica for the Paragons and U-Roy—I bow to their genetic coolness for knowing about this song then) and Rapture, the song that, more than any other piece of music introduced the world to the concept of what rap music was. It’s a masterpiece of pop. I listened to it three times today—quite loud—and the skill, charm and verbal dexterity with which Debbie Harry casually rattles off her dada-hipster rhymes still astonishes 30 years later. It’s got a groove as funky as one written by James Brown, Prince or George Clinton, a feat almost no other white group can lay claim to.
 

 
My favorite moment on Autoamerican is T-Birds, a soaring piece of road music featuring angelic backing vocals courtesy of Flo and Eddie. If you’ve never heard Autoamerican before—and you call yourself a music fan—get your hands on it and give it a chance. Truly Autoamerican is one of the great lost albums of the New Wave era.
 
Bonus clip: Blondie do a cover of Goldfinger on German television’s Musikladen show: in 1977:
 

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Crass: There Is No Authority But Yourself

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For your weekend viewing pleasure…here’s an exciting find that has yet to materialize on YouTube: Crass: There Is No Authority But Yourself.  Director Alexander Oey‘s hour-long look at the relentlessly uncompromising anarchist punk band came out in ‘06, and features some great, talking head footage of Crass members Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher.

While The Feeding of the 5000 came out way back in ‘78, Rimbaud and Vaucher still remain true to the “Crass ideal.”  They continue to practice a sustainable, anti-corporate lifestyle at Dial House, a “safe haven for those individuals of principle who still live by the old punk slogan ‘Do it yourself.’

I remember a time when the procuring of a new Crass single was a matter of great urgency.  Watch below to find out why.

 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds: The Unexpected Crass-Beatles Nexus Point

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What the fuck should I make for dinner ?
05.07.2010
12:49 pm

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What the fuck should I make for dinner ?
 
thx Nicole Panter !

 

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Hair Conditioner: Clever TV ad by Jonathan Gurvit
05.07.2010
12:31 pm

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Hair Conditioner

 
Ha! Absolutely brilliant!
 
(via Feingut)

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Man claims he “raped” boy out of boredom
05.07.2010
11:44 am

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Kooks

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Extreme Boredom

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I suppose there were times in my pre-Chatroulette life where I was “bored,” but, um…never this much!

Boynton Beach police said a 37-year-old man called a California police department and said he was raping a teen because he was bored.  Paul Hartness was charged with filling a false report of commission of a crime.  Redding, Calif., police said Hartness called a non-emergency number Thursday and said he was in the process of raping a 15-year-old boy at a Days Inn hotel.  Police searched all local hotels but were not able to find Hartness.

Officers were then able to trace the phone number to Farnworth Drive in Boynton Beach.  Redding police then called Boynton Beach police who found Hartness at his home.  Hartness told police he made the phone call because he was bored and had not actually raped a 15-year-old.  Police said Hartness has behaved similarly in the past.

Click here for the disturbing audio of Hartness’s phone call.

Police: Man Falsely Reports Sex Assault Out Of Boredom

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Create a universe while listening to Cosmogramma
05.07.2010
11:23 am

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Flying Lotus
Cosmogramma

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Los Angeles beat wizard Flying Lotus, Steven Ellison by day, unveiled his latest offering Cosmogramma this past Tuesday on Warp Records, and both the buzz and the acclaim are still ringing ears.  The sound of 2010 machinery reaching for ancient and timeless free music forms, the album is Ellison’s third and definitely his most expansive.  Below is personal favorite Mmmhmm featuring bass virtuoso Thundercat on vocals. 

As if creating a 2010 musical highlight is not enough, Lotus also debuted a “free augmented reality application” called Fieldlines to celebrate the release.  Developed by Aaron Meyers based on the album’s original artwork by Leigh McCloskey, Fieldlines allows you to move planets and create a new universe with the touch of a mouse.  All to the sounds of Flying Lotus and harp player extraordinaire, Rebekah Raff.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, not one but two record release parties are happening at the Echo Plex in Echo Park Friday May 14 and Saturday May 15.  Both are not to be missed!
 

 

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Backwards and in slow-motion water-filled condoms hit faces
05.07.2010
11:22 am

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Is it weird this made me smile?
 
(via Nerdcore)

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Lord Jesus Christ suffers minor injuries in downtown Northampton crosswalk mishap
05.07.2010
07:30 am

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Christ on a crutch !
 
via MassLive.com :

NORTHAMPTON - A 20-year-old Pittsfield driver was cited by police Tuesday after she ran down Lord Jesus Christ in a marked crosswalk at Main Street and Strong Avenue, police said.

Brittany E. Cantarella was cited for a crosswalk violation, said Northampton police Capt. Scott Savino.

Christ, 50, of Belchertown, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment of minor injuries following the 3:30 p.m. accident. He was treated at the hospital and then released.

Cantarella was making a left turn from Strong Avenue onto Main Street when her car, a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, struck Christ.

Christ was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident, Savino said.

Savino said officers checked Christ’s identification at the scene and confirmed it was his legal name.


Lord Jesus Christ suffers minor injuries in downtown Northampton crosswalk mishap
 
thx Ned Raggett !

 

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Human assisted dog vocalist
05.07.2010
06:58 am

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Stupid dog trick

 
Awww, nice old doggie. Hope it got a treat after doing this silly trick.
 
thx Brian Morishita !

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Treasure: ‘Canada’
05.06.2010
09:09 pm

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Music

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Treasure
Jamie Hartly

 
Jamie Hartly writes: “This is a video I’ve made for a band called Treasure. I wanted to make something sweet and romantic with the footage from the Pam and Tommy sextape.”

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