And now because I’ve made Kelly suffer a bit through some pretty dicey New Wave shit, so too must I suffer with our next selection, one of Kelly’s choices for Record Store Day, ‘The Best of Blondie‘ by Blondie.
Yeah, she’s pretty excited.
And while I won’t deny that Blondie made several first-rate albums, most of their best songs were released as singles, which makes ‘The Best of Blondie‘ more or less an essential collection…
Yes, even if you absolutely hate “Best of…” or “Greatest Hits” collections albums such as I do.
However, ‘The Best of Blondie‘ glosses over their punk roots – very little from the first album, apart from the vicious ‘Rip Her to Shreds‘ and the seductive ‘In the Flesh‘ – but the band’s pop hits are among the finest of their era and encapsulate all of the virtues of new wave.
Apart from genuine chart hits like ‘Heart of Glass‘, ‘One Way or Another‘, ‘Dreaming‘, ‘Call Me’, ‘Atomic’, ‘The Tide Is High‘, and ‘Rapture‘, I will give Kelly full credit that this album picks up several of the group’s best album tracks, like ‘(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear‘ and ‘Hanging on the Telephone‘.
‘The Best of Blondie‘ isn’t all you need to know, but it is an excellent introduction to one of the best new wave bands.
On a personal note, I remember listening to this record in the basement laundry room at a friends house. Why the family turntable was located in the laundry room I’ll never know, but there you go.
Shit, I can even remember the strong smell of Tide as the opening chords of ‘Heart of Glass‘ begins to play…