I can't believe it has been 30 years. I remember it like yesterday.
Disco was huge, and most of it stunk. Blondie was about to be huge, too, and it would use disco to get there, then toss it aside. "Heart of Glass" might've had the four-on-the-floor beat, but it had a lot more than that, in the form of singer Debbie Harry, who appeared to my 10-year-old eyes like some strange vision, a siren luring me and everyone else within range straight toward the rocks. The descriptive "exotic" doesn't even begin to cut it. It was blatantly otherworldly, in both sound and presentation.
"Parallel Lines" -- the album that gave us "Heart of Glass," took Blondie out of CBGBs and thrust it onto the grand world stage, and went on to sell 20 million copies (gulp!) -- turns 30 on June 24. That same day, the record gets a lavish CD/DVD remastered-reissue treatment. Blondie, in the midst of its tour celebrating the birthday of "Parallel Lines," arrives at the Seneca Niagara Events Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. The easy money is on Debbie Harry still delivering the goods like no one else. Remaining tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
-- Jeff Miers