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[MUSIC] Blondie, “Fun”

Blondie’s new single “Fun” came out on the 1st of this month, but Towleroad noted yesterday that their outer space-themed video had come out just then.

I really like it. This song is one of the things, incidentally, that made me decide to buy tickets for Blondie’s show this July here in Toronto. (Garbage will be touring with them, too!)

Written by Randy McDonald

February 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Beyond the Beyond shares Yves Behar’s thoughts on design in an age of artificial intelligence.
  • blogTO makes the case for the east end of Toronto.
  • The Big Picture shares photos of a family of Congolese refugees resettled in New England.
  • Centauri Dreams hosts an essay looking at the prospects for off-world agriculture.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of the beauty created by graffiti removal.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks for signs of possible cryovolcanism on Europa.
  • Joe. My. God. shares audio of the new Blondie track “Fun.”
  • Language Hat remembers the life and career of linguist Leon Dostert.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues protest is needed in blue states, too.
  • The LRB Blog warns people not to forget about Pence.
  • Marginal Revolution considersa trends in the British economy.
  • Neuroskeptic shares disturbing findings about the prevalence of plagiarism in science.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia does not expect Trump to take all the sanctions down at once.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • blogTO notes the continued delays with Bombardier’s streetcar deliveries to the TTC, looks at the expansion of WiFi to Toronto stations, and has hope for independent bookstores.
  • The Crux notes a proposal to make the Moon a solar energy power centre for the Earth.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes Venus analog Gliese 832d and observes the mass of material in orbit of WD 1145+017.
  • The Dragon’s Tales studies the atmosphere of Pluto.
  • At The Fifteenth, Steve Roby reviews one book on Blondie’s Parallel Lines and another on an in-universe Alien book.
  • The LRB Blog mourns Prince and reflects on the Swedish take on Brexit.
  • The Map Room Blog maps immigrants in France.
  • Towleroad shares the new RoĆ­sin Murphy single “Mastermind.”
  • Window on Eurasia notes the transition of Russian to a polycentric language.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • blogTO notes some interesting-looking apartment complexes scheduled to be built in Toronto.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that, in the late 1970s, Debbie Harry wanted to remake Alphaville with Robert Fripp.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that the Hubble telescope directly imaged gas giant 2M1207b, determining its rotation about its brown dwarf primary.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at continuing developments in stealth technology.
  • Far Outliers notes some grim Soviet jokes from the 1930s about famines.
  • At The Great Grey Bridge, Philip Turner wonders if President Gore could have avoided 9/11.
  • The Map Room Blog notes “Null Island”, at 0 degrees of longitude and latitude.
  • North’s Justin Petrone grimly contrasts Estonian newspaper headlines before and after the 1940 Soviet annexation.
  • The Understanding Society Blog considers ways of using schematics to understand society.
  • Window on Eurasia shares an unconvincing argument that many minority languages in Russia are endangered.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World blog considers the political impact of allegation Lech Walesa was a spy for the Polish government in the 1970s.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO shares pictures from Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Crooked Timber reacts, perhaps not wisely, to the recent British government state that an independent Scotland would not automatically have a currency union with the United Kingdom.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that tidal heating of Mars-mass planets in the circumstellar habitable zones of red dwarf stars could keep them habitable.
  • The Dragon’s Tales observes arguments that Vesta may have had a magma ocean for a long time period.
  • Far Outliers observes the impuissance of the last Ottoman ruler of Syria faced with the Armenian genocide and comments upon how the response of the American government after the First World War to abandon the Middle East did not help things.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas responds to Nick Kristof’s wondering where all the public intellectuals are by arguing that whole concept may just be an effect of a centralized mass culture.
  • At Halfway Down the Danube, Douglas Muir notes that Kosovo hasn’t had much of a winter.
  • Language Hat has two posts on language standardization, one on Aramaic in the ancient Middle East an the other on Hazaragi, a Persian dialect spoken by–here–Shi’ite Afghanistan refugees in Australia.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the dire situation of tea plantation workers.
  • The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe links to recent maps of Ganymede and Mercury.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer comments on the tumult in Venezuela by wondering why that country’s government has been so incompetent.
  • Thought Catalog features a first-person essay by Iranian gay refugee in Canada Shawn Kermanipour.
  • Towleroad remarks on the gay icon status of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
  • Transit Toronto’s Robert McKenzie observes that the TTC is offering transit users the chance to “Meet the Manager” of different stations.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that migration from Belarus to Russia is becoming a serious issue for both countries, whether because of labour shortages in Belarus or Russian immigrant politics.

[MUSIC] Blondie, “Heart of Glass”

Blondie’s 1979 “Heart of Glass” was a huge international hit, with Deborah Harry’s voice and looks and the New Wave rhythms and the disco sheen making it one of those songs which represent an entire era of popular music, maybe even popular culture.

(Go here for the original music video.)

People who have been following this Thursday [MUSIC] pieces for a while have probably noticed that I tend to feature a lot of older songs, songs from the 1990s, 1980s, or even 1970s. People who were Facebook friends of me would notice that my musical tastes as documented in my six-days-a-week music video postings, are more diverse than that, but the underlying tendency remains the same, I think. My music tastes were formed on Prince Edward Island in the 1990s, at a time when I was feeling restless, wanting to leave the Island but being too afraid to do so. Music, then as now (if in different ways) was a way to connect with a wider world, with another environment. If the environment was in the past, then why not wonder what it would have been like to live there. (I’d only imagine the good bits, not, say, AIDS in the 1990s.) Fantasy, yes, all of those wonderings were fantasies, but they were no less powerful for that. And so, I listened to Blondie and watched the videos, with its glamourous dance stage and the helicopter zooming in and out on the World Trade Centre towers in the heart of a glittering Manhattan.

Besides, you have to love that disco sheen.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm