Saturday, December 5, 2015

Blondie's New York And The Making Of Parallel Lines

The making of the classic album Parallel Lines is examined in this rockumentary. Featuring present-day interviews with the band, music videos, clips from Top Of The Pops, and vintage scenes of the gritty New York City of the 1970s, the highlight of the film is footage of band members and producer Mike Chapman breaking down songs from the album into their nuts-and-bolts. Isolating guitar parts, drum fills, and vocal lines, the construction of the songs from the ground up highlights what makes the album timeless. The fascinating metamorphosis of a pop/reggae track no one knew what to do with to an iconic #1 hit single was particularly interesting.

Criminally short at only 49 minutes, I could have watched Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Clem Burke for hours.

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