Rating: NNN This reissue captures Blondie just at the transition between their punkier early days and the pop band they became..
This reissue captures Blondie just at the transition between their punkier early days and the pop band they became. Performing on a German television program, Deborah Harry prowls the stage aggressively and exudes a manic energy that seemed to disappear later on. Watching this, it’s hard not to be struck by how much the current crop of female new-wave singers have borrowed from her. The sound is decent, but the whole concert is only half an hour long and there are several sections where the original video seems to have deteriorated. Disappointing that they couldn’t cram some extra features in here, especially since this performance has been released several times with different titles and artwork. As in previous releases, the tacky original graphics still scroll across the screen here and there, which is annoying. At one point, Harry walks out into the crowd to try to get some reaction, but the middle-aged German TV audience looks completely bewildered.
Essential viewing for serious Blondie fans, but it’s frustratingly short. Just when you’re getting into it, it’s over, and there’s nothing else on the disc.
Blondie rock the Molson Amphitheatre Wednesday (June 21).