Blondie To Release ‘Blondie 4(0) Ever’
It's hard to believe, but Blondie is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Part of that celebration includes a special double set entitled, 'Blondie 4(0) Ever,' which will be released May 13.
'Blondie 4(0) Ever' contains the band's latest album, 'Ghosts Of Download' packaged with 'Deluxe Redux,' which features new recordings of the band's biggest hits. The track listing for both can be found below.
There are a variety of options for fans, including the standard two-CD set, vinyl LP and a deluxe package that includes the double CD, plus a bonus DVD of a 1977 Blondie show at CBGB, a replica of a vintage poster and five postcards featuring the photography of guitarist Chris Stein. The vinyl will also include the DVD.
'Ghosts Of Download' is the band's 10th studio album and fourth since reuniting in 1999. It was produced by Jeff Saltzman and features 13 brand new tracks, including a cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit, 'Relax.' The new songs find the band leaning toward the dance floor instead of the rock and roll sounds they first cranked out at CBGB. You can hear the new single, 'Sugar On The Side' below.
"It is a very collaborative disc," drummer Clem Burke recently told Jeneasispop, "Chris (Stein) directed this disc mainly. he has always liked the world music and the underground, rap, reggae, any thing … In this sense, it is a continuation of the way at which there has been employed Blondie, which has never been limited only to the normal pop."
The band has been featuring new songs in their live set for the last year, and plans for an official 40th Anniversary tour are underway. Though they have experimented with just about every style under the sun over the years, Burke knows that at it's core, Blondie has always been a rock and roll band, somewhere he'd like to see the band return to.
"If I tell you the truth, from my point of view, I would like to recover the idea of 'Parallel Lines,' of taking Blondie to the studio and recording directly, with real drums and less drum programming, for example. This disc has not been like that. Live, Blondie is a rock 'n roll band, and people who see us live probably do not expect an album like this one."
Watch 'Sugar on the Side' by Blondie
'Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits' Track Listing
1. 'Heart of Glass'
3. 'Tide Is High'
5. 'Sunday Girl'
6. 'Hanging on the Telephone'
8. 'One Way or Another'
9. 'Call Me'
11. 'Rip Her to Shreds'
'Ghosts of Download' Track Listing
1. 'Sugar on the Side'
3. 'A Rose by Any Name'
4. 'I Want to Drag You Around'
6. 'I Screwed Up'
8. 'Take Me in the Night'
9. 'Make a Way'
10. 'Mile High'
12. 'Take It Back'