One Way or Another. Picture This. Fade Away and Radiate. Chris Stein. Pretty Baby. Frank Infante. Jimmy Destri. Will Anything Happen? Sunday Girl. Heart of Glass. I'm Gonna Love You Too. Just Go Away. Debbie Harry.
Bang a Gong Get It on. The swift move from the fringes to the top of the charts tagged Blondie as a singles group-- no shame, and they did have one of the best runs of singles in pop history-- but it's helped Parallel Lines weirdly qualify as an undiscovered gem, a sparkling record half-full of recognized classics that, nevertheless, is hiding in plain sight.
Landing a few years before MTV and the second British Invasion codified and popularized the look and sound of s new wave, Parallel Lines ' ringing guitar pop has entered our collective consciousness through compilations built around "Heart" plus later 1s "Call Me", "Rapture", and "The Tide Is High" , ads, film trailers, and TV shows rather than the album's ubiquity.
The songs that fill out the record "", "Will Anything Happen? In a sense, that time has long passed: Blondie-- like contemporaries such as the Cars and the UK's earliest New Pop artists-- specialized in whipsmart chart music created by and for adults, a trick that has all but vanished from the pop landscape.
Parallel Lines , however, is practically a blueprint for the stuff: "Picture This" and "One Way or Another" are exuberant new wave, far looser than the stiff, herky-jerky tracks that would go on to characterize that sound in the 80s; "Will Anything Happen?
The record's closest thing to a ballad, the noirish "Fade Away and Radiate", owes a heavy debt to the art-pop of Roxy Music. Harry herself was a mannered and complex frontwoman, possessed of a range of vocal tricks and affectations. Chapman notes that many "classic" songs from the album were created this way. During the last session at the Record Plant, the band were asleep on the floor only to be awakened at six o'clock in the morning by Mike Chapman and his engineer Peter Coleman leaving for Los Angeles with the tape tracks.
According to music journalist Robert Christgau , Parallel Lines was a pop rock album in which Blondie achieved their "synthesis of the Dixie Cups and the Electric Prunes ". I made a pop album. Lyrically, Parallel Lines abandoned what Rolling Stone magazine's Arion Berger called the "cartoonish postmodernist referencing" of Blondie's previous new wave songs in favor of a "romantic fatalism" that was new for the band.
Parallel Lines took its name from an unused track written by Harry, the lyrics of which were included in the first vinyl edition of the album. The cover sleeve image was photographed by Edo Bertoglio and was chosen by Blondie's manager, Peter Leeds, despite being rejected by the band.
The photo shows the band posing in matching dress suits and smiling broadly in contrast to Harry who poses defiantly with her hands on her hips while wearing a white dress and high heels. The album was released by Chrysalis in September ,  to international success.
Blondie embarked on a sold-out tour of the UK and appeared at an autograph signing event for Our Price Records on Kensington High Street ; according to Peacock, it "descended into Beatlemania -esque chaos when the band were mobbed by thousands of fans".
Parallel Lines was also a commercial success elsewhere in Europe, Australia, and the United States, where the band had struggled to sell their previous records.
The single was "responsible for turning the band into bona fide superstars", Peacock said. Contemporary reviews of the album were near-universally positive. Never again did singer Deborah Harry, mastermind Chris Stein and their able four-man cohort nail the band's signature paradoxes with such unfailing flair: lowbrow class, tender sarcasm, pop rock.
In a retrospective appraisal of s post-punk albums, Spin magazine's Sasha Frere-Jones said Parallel Lines may have been "the perfect pop-rock record" and Blondie's best album.
The album was reissued and remastered in along with Blondie's back catalog and featured four bonus tracks: a demo of "Heart of Glass", live cover of T. On June 24, , an expanded 30th Anniversary Edition of the album was released,  which featured new artwork  and bonus tracks along with bonus DVD.
The Parallel Lines 30th Anniversary Edition included the 7" single version of "Heart of Glass", which was featured on the original pressing of the album, the French version of "Sunday Girl" and some remixes, plus a DVD with albums, promo videos and TV performance. The band also launched a world tour of the same name to promote the re-release and celebrate the event.
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