DEBBIE HARRY - FAQ
Welcome to the Debbie Harry - Frequently Asked Questions Page. I wrote this FAQ using "Making Tracks The Rise Of Blondie", "Book Of Punk Legends", "From the Velvets to the Voidoids", and other material as a reference point. If you find any errors or notable omissions please write to me and I'll correct them. Please visit our sister page; The Blondie Archive for more Debbie Harry information.
WHO IS DEBORAH HARRY?|
Deborah Harry was born on 01 July 1945 in Florida, she was adopted at about three months of age and raised in New Jersey. She spent most of her Twenties working odd jobs and met Chris Stein while she was in the theatrical group "The Stilettoes". Chris Stein (born 5/1/50) and Deborah Harry formed a personal and professional relationship and were responsible for writing most of Blondie's chart successes. Deborah usually writing the lyrics and Chris the music. The couple spit in 1983 Debbie going on to have a successful solo career, releasing several albums under the names "Debbie Harry" and "Deborah Harry". Chris became seriously ill in 1983 with the rare genetic disease pemphigus, he later recovered. Chris still works on Debbie solo projects and well as playing with other musicians and composing movie soundtracks. Click here to visit the Debbie Harry biography page.
WHAT ALBUMS HAS DEBORAH HARRY RECORDED?
She has recorded four official solo albums, and is featured on the Blondie/Debbie Harry remix album "Once More Into the Bleach". Her albums are "Koo Koo" (1981), "Rockbird" (1986), "Def Dumb and Blonde" (1989), "Debravation" (1993) and "Individually Twisted" with the Jazz Passengers in (1996).
WHERE CAN I WRITE TO DEBORAH HARRY AND CHRIS STEIN?
Their fan mail address is; Overland Radioactive, 1775 Broadway, NYC 10019.
WHAT TV SHOWS DID DEBBIE HARRY APPEAR IN? "Arsenio Hall (1989), Roller Games (1989), 120 Minutes
New Year's Countdown (1989), Tonight Live (1990), Wiseguy (1989).
OTHER QUESTIONSHAS DEBORAH HARRY REFORMED WITH BLONDIE?
Early in 1996, Blondie reformed (minus Frank Infante, Nigel Harrison and Gary Valentine), and recorded songs with former Blondie producer Mike Chapman. They also recorded two songs with ex-Duran Duran members Nick Rhodes and Warren Cucurullo, titled; "Studio 54" and "Pop Trash Movie. In 1997 Blondie3 would also appear on the Iggy Pop tribute album "We Will Fall", performing the song "Ordinary Bummer" and recording under the name of "Adolph's Dog". Also in 1997 the newly reformed Blondie would make a live appearance at the WHFS Festival in Washington D.C. In 1998 it was announced that Blondie was recording new material with original members, Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri and Clem Burke and working on a new album tentatively titled "No Exit". It has been stressed however, that this is not meant as permanent situation, and there are currently no plans to work together again in the future.
I'M NEW TO DEBBIE HARRY, WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE HER BEST ALBUMS?
Well that all depends on your personal taste. Critically speaking, "Def Dumb and Blonde" has received the most critical praise. It is a wonderfully diverse album in the Blondie tradition, with some of the tracks produced by, Mike Chapman (ex-Blondie producer). Included on the album are some great songs written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein. The album also spawned the hit single "I Want That Man". Harry's first solo album "Koo Koo", while much derided by critics, isn't all that bad and in fact has some very strong tracks. The album is perhaps a little stylistically focused, but still has some catchy tracks like, "The Jam Was Moving". Her follow up to "Koo Koo" was the bubble gum flavored "Rockbird". This is a pure 80's pop album and while missing some of the eclecticism of Blondie's work, it still has all the fun and sense of humor. The big hit single from the album was the lusty "French Kissing in the USA". Harry's other solo album was 1993's "Debravtion", a musically diverse album. Featuring a legion of different producers and songwriters, it sometimes misses the mark. But on tracks such as "I Can See Clearly", "Lip Service" and "Dog Star Girl", approaches Harry's best work, solo and with Blondie. Harry's last major solo album was a collaboration with The Jazz Passengers and titled; "Individually Twisted". This album would signal a departure from Deborah's previous. Her voice, deeper, richer and more experienced, effortlessly takes original Jazz flavored songs, including a great duet with Elvis Costello.
Written and researched by: Red Dirt Boy.