Deborah Harry – Def, Dumb & Blonde (1989)

DebbieHarry (born July 1, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. She recorded several worldwide number one singles with Blondie during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Def, Dumb & Blonde is the third solo album by the American singer Deborah Harry. Released in October 1989 on Sire Records in the US and Chrysalis Records in the UK, the album saw Harry reverting from “Debbie” to “Deborah” as her professional name. Harry worked with a variety of producers on the album, including Mike Chapman who had previously produced the last four Blondie albums. “I wanted,” she remarked, “to do certain things that were reminiscent of Blondie.”

Although Debbie Harry‘s popularity had decreased by the late ’80s, 1989 wasn’t a bad year for her at all. That year, Blondie‘s former lead vocalist successfully portrayed a struggling singer on the brilliant but underrated CBS crime drama Wiseguy, and demonstrated that she could still have considerable fun in the studio. Under the direction of hit producer Mike Chapman — who had worked with Blondie, as well as with everyone from Sweet to ScandalHarry delivers an eclectic CD that isn’t in a class with a Blondie treasure like Parallel Lines but nonetheless has a lot going for it. Much of this new wave-ish pop/rock and European-flavored dance music is heartfelt, clever, and quite memorable. Everything from the charming “Brite Side” (which she performed on Wiseguy) to the addictive “Bike Boy” to the haunting “He Is So” makes it clear that Harry, at 43, was far from a has-been.

Tracklist

1. I Want That Man  (3:44)
Words By, Music By – Allanah Currie, Tom Bailey
2. Lovelight (Backing Vocals – Ian Astbury)  (3:56)
Words By, Music By – Chris Stein
3. Kiss It Better  (4:19)
Words By, Music By – Allanah Currie, Deborah Harry, Tom Bailey
4. Bike Boy (Backing Vocals – Chris Stein, Gary Valentine, Mike Chapman)  (2:48)
Words By, Music By – Chris Stein, Deborah Harry
5. Get Your Way  (6:14)
Words By, Music By – Chris Stein, Deborah Harry
6. Maybe For Sure  (4:30)
Words By, Music By – Chris Stein, Deborah Harry
7. I’ll Never Fall In Love  (3:20)
Written By [Words And Music] – Bush And Ward
8. Calmarie (4:43)
Lyrics By [Additional English Lyrics] – Deborah Harry
Words By, Music By – Mario Toledo, Nana Vasconcelos
9. Sweet And Low (Backing Vocals – Adele Bertei, Arif St. Michael, Biti Strauchn)  (4:50)
Words By, Music By – Deborah Harry, Toni C.
10. He Is So  (5:11)
Words By, Music By – Chris Stein, Deborah Harry
11. Bugeye  (4:06)
Words By, Music By – Chris Stein, Deborah Harry
12. Comic Books  (2:35)
Music By, Lyrics By – Armand Zone, Micki Zone, Paul Zone
13. Forced To Live (Backing Vocals – Dennis Christopher, Keith Primi)  (2:02)
Lyrics By – Deborah Harry
14. Brite Side  (4:35)
Words By, Music By, Producer, Mixed By – Chris Stein, Deborah Harry
15. End Of The Run  (7:04)
Words By, Music By – Chris Stein, Deborah Harry

Personnel

Additional personnel

Notes

Released: October 16, 1989
Recorded: 1989
Genre: New Wave, Pop Rock
Length: 63:55

Label – Chrysalis Records

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