Blonde Ambition

Yes, this title was a lame excuse to put up a picture of a cute blonde.

Rain, rain go away, come again some other decade!  Here at Nest HQ, it’s Monsoon Monday after a weekend full of wall to wall rain that has left even the squirrels searching for higher ground.  But that’s not going to stop us from putting our hip waders on and venturing into the deep end of music history fishing for another lost hit straight out of that giant mud puddle we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s inviting you under her umbrella – ella -ella while the Sponkies work to squeegee the water out of the archive’s leaky basement.  Here’s an earworm that will occupy your head for 40 days and 40 nights…

Blondie was a band that saw a lot of success in the late 70’s and early 80’s… and yes, they were a band.  Blondie isn’t just a stage name for Deborah Harry, the recognizable yellow-haired lead singer for the group.  There were four other guys who tagged along with Debbie to make beautiful music together, even if their names really don’t matter…

Hell, even The Pips were more famous than those four dudes who tagged around with Blondie Debbie…

Blondie disbanded in 1982, and most of you probably thought that was the end of their story as the bombshell flanked by a bunch of random dark haired dudes.  But they re-formed in the late 90’s and actually put out an album that was pretty damned successful.  Maybe the reason most Americans aren’t aware of the existence of 1999’s No Exit is because its most successful single was largely ignored in the US while it soared to #1 in most other nations we would consider to be civilized.  Our taste in music compared to the rest of the world should be an even bigger threat to our status as a global power than even the current President…

Even The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea probably has better music than we do… even if it is just bad karaoke by Kim Jong Il.

That song that reached #1 in the UK, but only #82 in The United States of Tone Deafness, was Blondie’s 1999 hit “Maria”…

I was actually listening to new music in 1999 and never heard this until Busch Stadium started playing it during batting practice in the early 2000’s.  This is an AWESOME comeback song by a band that was generally only remembered for disco standards and scoring the first #1 hip hop single.  In fact, it’s easily my favorite Blondie song of all their hits.  “Maria” really needs to get more airplay on radio today, one way or another…

I’ll bet it would be soothing to hear at the supermarket checkouts.

Assuming the tide doesn’t get any higher outside, I’ll be back with another blast from the past next Monday…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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23 Responses to Blonde Ambition

  1. I liked anything Blondie and I even copied her hairstyle… and I wish she would enter the stages of the world again…. but probably only we dinosaurs would come… the youngsters have bieberitis and no sense for music… and btw. please dear unicorn use your horn for this rider ;o)

  2. I was a major Blondie fan too and I do remember “Maria”……but you’re right about very little air play. I also think that Easyweimaraner’s suggestion that the unicorn King Kong – oops I mean Kim Jong II, is riding manage to hit a big bump on the road and accidently – well – you know. Sometimes riders are thrown out of the saddle and land in the most peculiar and painful places!!


  3. Merbear74 says:

    I like it. Are you shocked?
    If I ever start a band, I’m naming it Mer and the Pimps…

  4. 1jaded1 says:

    I love this song.

  5. Piglove says:

    Lowers head. You got us again my evil friend. Never heard of it. HA! XOXO – Bacon

  6. Trisha says:

    I didn’t know that Blondie was a group or that they got back together in 1999. It’s a shame this didn’t get played more. I don’t recall ever hearing it but I like it!

    • It was really underground here for some reason. I think I heard it on the radio once, and that was while I was on vacation in another city. Had this come out in the 80’s before the pop charts went to hell, I’m positive it would have been a big hit…

  7. I love this. But then I am a Brit. One of the amazing things about Debbie Harry is how she looks so bored in the videos and hits these amazing high notes looking like she’s not even trying.

  8. Alas I don’t recall this song (a dreadful clue as to where I live, eh?) but what a great beat. I. can’t. stop. tapping. my feet.

  9. Quirky Girl says:

    One way, or another…Kim Jung Un needs to get the hell off that poor unicorn!

  10. draliman says:

    I started singing the chorus before I even hit “play”. Yes, it was a big hit here.
    It’s been raining here all day but it’s Early May Bank Holiday so it was a given really. I expect the sun will come out tomorrow in time to go back to work.

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