At 64, [lastfm]Blondie[/lastfm]‘s frontwoman [lastfm]Deborah Harry[/lastfm] is still as hot as ever. The punk rock pioneer recently sat down to discuss the band’s musical legacy, their split and their first studio album in six years.
See what she had to say after the jump!
About Blondie’s split in 1982: “It seemed like when we broke up for that long period of time, and then Chris started bugging everyone about trying it again, if we didn’t do it then, it probably would never have happened. I’ve done solo albums in between, but Blondie is like putting on a pair of comfortable shoes.”
On the release of their 1999 single “Maria”: “It was number one all over. I don’t know if it was a credit to us, or to the song, or to EMI that was promoting us at the time, but it all fell together.”
On the release of their yet unsigned album, “Panic of Girls”: “Your guess is as good as mine,” sighs Debbie. “I’m disappointed that somebody hasn’t picked up the project. It’s a great package and a terrific-sounding record. I salute anyone who has the balls or the f***ing success to get something launched in music now. I mean, you’ve always had to be obsessed or single-minded to get anywhere, but now it’s even fiercer.”
On the reaction by audiences to their new material so far: “The audiences so far have really liked the material. I’m kind of high on that.”
On hitting the road with three of the band’s original members and some new recruits: “It would be nice to have a majority of the original members, but with the three of us it becomes identifiably the Blondie sound. A lot of that has to do with Clem — he’s playing really well these days — and a lot of that also has to do with Chris’s guitar playing, which has been overlooked, I think. He plays with finger picks and has a very unique style. It’s an undertone, a darker colour in the music.”
On her performance and vocal capabilities at the age of 64: “So far, so good,” she smiles. “Fortunately — knock on wood — I’m still holding out.”
On facing prejudice in a male-dominated industry: “It’s a man’s world, simply put,” she says. “I think girls are doing a lot better — but it’s a man’s world.”
And because why not, gallery of Deborah during her younger, hotter days below!