Debbie Harry and Blondie

Creative TipBlondie Is A Group!

So said the buttons Blondie’s members wore to distinguish the band’s name from lead singer, Debbie Harry.

Blondie Is A Group!
Debbie Harry ripped the stereotype of Blonde Bombshell to shreds.

Platinum starlets from 20 years earlier, like Marilyn Monroe and Jaine Mansfield, were portrayed as ditzy and air headed and innocently hyper-sexual.
Marilyn Monroe
Debbie Harry was one of a handful of women fronting bands during the punk revolution. Although considered more of a pop band than punk, Blondie managed to create an iconic sound and look that is still relevant forty years later.

Harry has admitted that most of her status as a punk era icon is based on her looks and style. While that may seem true, none of that would have mattered without the attitude.

Debbie Harry Vulture

Women were just coming to terms with their power outside the domestic arena in the 1970’s. Suddenly, here was a beautiful, sexy blonde who took the lead position in a group of men and yet did not dress or act in a masculine manner.

She did not play dumb and she was not a play thing or an object. She somehow managed to be the hot blonde in a boys’ club and still be one of the boys.

 

Many people say Blondie shouldn’t be considered a Punk band because they played Pop music. Here’s what the band members have to say about that:

With Blondie’s 40th Anniversary upon us, lots of articles and videos are available. Here are a few:

Also, Blondie co-founder and guitarist, Chris Stein, has come out with a book of photos of Debbie Harry and the punk scene during the 1970’s and 80’s. It looks amazing.

Debbie Harry is an amazing style icon. She redefined feminine tough girl chic.

Check out the Lux Punk Pinterest board for more Blondie photos and a full video biography.

 

Stay tuned for next week’s post when we explore the oft neglected…Men of Blondie!!

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Halloween Month-Psychobilly, Y’all

Psychobilly Week

It is my pleasure to present, as we wind down All Hallows Month, one of my favorite genres of music. In fact, here are my personal albums:

My collection

Psychobilly is a blending of Punk Rock and Rockabilly. Sometimes the lyrics are about such erudite subjects as being a Teenage Goo Goo Muck, cutting off a girlfriend’s head and putting it on a wall, monsters, werewolves, aliens, gore hounds and what not. The music is wild and fun and perfect for Halloween.

Here are my faves:

The Cramps


The Cramps never considered themselves Psychobilly but everybody else did. God, I love The Cramps. I mean, not the kind of cramps that… You know what I mean.

I got to see this awesome band play in London in the early 1980’s at Hammersmith Palais. I expected it to be a fun, cool time like in Austin, TX at Club Foot or something. But those English guys were effing serious.

My sister and I, fortunately, made our way up to the balcony because the floor was insane. This giant clump of mohawks was swaying from one side of the building to another. Not necessarily on purpose. Once you were in that mess you were absorbed. I discovered then that English punk rockers were a lot more violent than Texas ones and there were a lot more of them!

One of the main things I remember is that the lead singer, Lux Interior’s pants were so tight they started ripping off of him as he jumped around and performed. It was not a bad sight. Here’s a little taste of their early magnificence.

Here’s a little preview:

The Meteors


The Meteors are considered the first and most “for real” Psychobilly band. Their song Wreckin’ Crew was the inspiration for slam dancing apparently. This music is so bad ass. I defy you to listen to it and not want to push something over. I still have the¬†vintage western shirts that I wore over leggings with vintage cowboy boots and a bunch of old bolo ties. Hell yeah!

By the way, when are bolo ties coming back? I mean, come on, people, they’re awesome. Here is the song Wreckin’ Crew since you’re probably curious, but there are lots more good songs from them as well.

Slam on!!!

Hasil Adkins

I saved the best for last. This last guy, Hasil Adkins (pronounced Hassle) is not technically Psychobilly. He was actually Rockabilly and probably psycho. This guy was making music in the 1950’s and 1960’s and was like nothing else and no one else. Before I give any background, I want you to hear him first because it’s a little indescribable.

Surprise! You may recognize this song from a commercial that’s on at the time of this post.

I heard about Hasil Adkins in the 80’s when you couldn’t just Google something you were interested in. My Rockabilly friends knew a bit about him, but at the time he was still a bit of a mystery. We just knew he was some crazy hillbilly who made really amazing freaking music back in the day. So guess what I did? I Googled him! and guess what else! There’s a documentary about him. I am going to leave it up to you if you want to find out more, but I understand if you want to keep the mystery alive. Here are some need to know facts.

  • Hasil Adkins was an honest-to-God Appalachian hillbilly.
  • When he was young and heard songs on the radio he thought the singer played all the instruments too, so he taught himself to play a guitar and beat a drum with a foot pedal at the same time.
  • He was hot, hot, hot in his youth and a serious ladies’ man.
  • He would mail copies of his latest album to the current sitting President of the US and actually got a generic acknowledgement from Nixon.

You can purchase a short documentary filmed when he was still alive in case you can’t stand not knowing more:

The Wild World of Hasil Adkins

So there it is, little Hellcats. A sampling of the awesome music genre that is Psychobilly.

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