Blondies mainstream success coincided roughly with me hitting puberty, and Debbie Harry used to give me a horn you could have engraved glass with.
The first album I ever owned was "Eat to the beat" god knows how many hundreds of times I listened to that album, particularly my favorite track at the time, appropriately entitled "The hardest part".
Radio Two today, Simon Mayo meets Debbie Harry. The Old'n Bold might remember her from the late seventies, early eighties. A few might even have had her on their Wall, a few might have wanted to have her but never did. Fcuk! she was something in those days. Turns 66 in July this year,but holding up .
Shortly before Christmas '99 I'd just returned from a month+ on the road as the Nightliner driver with Thin Lizzy. No sooner had I unpacked my gear than another "urgent" job came in - take over a Nightliner at Frankfurt Airport, drive it down to Vienna, then you're on the road for four days with the Roadies for some obscure Turkish wailer. No problem, sez I, a few hundred extra DMs are always useful at this time of year - and I couldn't care less who I'm carting around anyway.
The venue for this Turkish wailer was the Festhalle (I think that's what it's called!) in the Prater Park in Vienna. Duly arrived early next morning, I went into the venue for breakfast - and there, on the wall in the foyer, was an almost lifesize poster of Debbie.
Naturally I tried to scrounge it - it was ever so slightly erotic, being an early one, and as she'd been on the telly in Germany a few days previously I knew she no longer had those looks - but the bossman there wouldn't part with it; he wanted it for himself. Then he casually informed me that they - Blondie - had been there, in the Festhalle, for all of the past week, rehearsing for their forthcoming European tour to promote "Maria", and if only I'd arrived some 12 hours or so earlier I would have met her.
. . Then he casually informed me that they - Blondie - had been there, in the Festhalle, for all of the past week, rehearsing for their forthcoming European tour to promote "Maria", and if only I'd arrived some 12 hours or so earlier I would have met her.