Blondie Is a Highlight

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Blondie Is a Highlight


Byline: By Gordon Barr

Blondie are back in Newcastle next week. Showbusiness Reporter, Gordon Barr, catches up with their singer, Deborah Harry

There aren't many singers who, at the age of 59, could be called a pop goddess.

But then there aren't many singers like Deborah Harry.

The face and voice of new wave rockers Blondie, Harry still puts most of today's pop princesses in the shade when it comes to stage presence.

And it is testimony to the group's enduring success that they're back at Newcastle City Hall next week, just eight months after last playing there.

Harry is looking as good as ever. But how does she feel about being such an iconic figure?

"When I first realised I had achieved icon-hood, I hadn't been really active in performance for a while," she says.

"Suddenly it struck me that people were looking at me in a different way.

"And I guess what I figured out is if you last long enough, maintain some kind of decent appearance, and you're OK, you become an icon. That's what happened.

"I make light of it, and that's probably how I get through life. Take all the really rotten things that happened to you and you make it into funny things. It's really a genius way of getting through life."

Harry also cites her iconic status as one of the reasons the group has such a huge gay following.

"I think the gay following that we've developed has a lot to do with that icon thing and the imagery," she continues.

"There was a song that we used to do called Platinum Blonde and it was about all the great silver screen platinum blondes who were always stars or starlets, and I think that they had a tremendous effect on me.

"They've had a tremendous effect on everyone. Their tremendous sexuality and the combination of their innocence and vulnerability was unbeatable and it's really what made everyone melt inside.

"Things happened simultaneously, our success, with our exposure to the public through music, women's lib and gay rights came of age too. …

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