” Heart of Glass ” is by Blondie, the American new wave band. The song was written by Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein; production was by Mike Chapman, who with co-producer Nicky Chinn produced hits for the likes of 70’s artists Suzi Quatro and Mud.
” Heart of Glass ” was taken as the third single from the group’s third Album, Parallel Lines released in 1978.
Originally called ” Once I Had A Love “, the song was recorded as a demo in 1975 and had a slower feel to a disco beat.
Blondie referred to this early version as ” The Disco Song “, they went on and re-recorded the song in 1978 keeping the original title.
The second version of the song had a more pop feel, Debbie later said: ” ‘Heart of Glass’ was one of the first songs Blondie wrote, but it was years before we recorded it properly “.
Released as a single in January 1979, Blondie caused controversy because of the disco feel of the song. In the late 70s, the group was one of the pioneers of the new wave music scene in New York; many accused them of selling out for releasing a disco track.
While many of the punk/new wave bands were rebelling against the commercial music business, Blondie was seen as pandering to what many considered the mainstream music business.
Along with causing problems with the punk/new wave scene, Blondie fell foul with the content of the lyrics. The use of ” pain in the ass ” was brought to the attention of the United Kingdom’s BBC.
A change to the lyrics was made for radio; the seemingly offensive line was changed from ” pain in the ass ” to a radio-friendly ” Heart of Glass “.
In a small rebellion against the BBC, the group did keep one line of the non-radio friendly line. However, this was discovered by the BBC and bleeped out for the radio.
Despite upsetting the punk/new wave music scene and censorship by the BBC ” Heart of Glass ” became a commercial success for Blondie.
In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and climbed to Number One and spent a total of twenty-one weeks on the chart.
Also in the US, the now-defunct weekly music magazines Cashbox and US Record World had Blondie at Number One on their charts with the song.
In the United Kingdom, ” Heart of Glass ” entered the UK Singles Chart and climbed to reach the top where it stayed for four weeks. The song spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fifteen weeks on the chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 5, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 5, Canada (CHUM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 11, France (IFOP) 4, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Italy (FIMI) 8, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 8, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 5, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Blondie.net
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/Blondie
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/wiki/Blondie
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