David Bowie and Blondie Reviewed


Featuring the three final studio recordings Bowie made before his death last year, the No Plan EP is one of those numbed special collector editions housed in white vinyl to get die-hard fans excited, plus some special “lithograph” artwork that apparently sells for extortion-like amounts on eBay these days. If that wasn’t enough to thrill Dame David fans then what about the fact the vinyl versions also features a special laser etching on the B side? Rolling Stone gushed, calling Dave’s No Plan ballad “a magnificent coda… one last transmission from the Bowie universe”. That might be something of a stretch. When was Bowie ever known for his ballads? But its poignancy is not lost now after his death. Blub.


Just to prove there’s some hope out there after all, New Wave bombshells Blondie, fronted by Deborah Harry, scuttle back from retirement to recall some of the disco sheen that gave us classics like Heart Of Glass, Rapture and Call Me. Rather than just doing it again on their own, for their 11th album they asked a team of collaborators to help out including Sia, Charli XCX, The Smith’s Johnny Marr and rock’n’roller Joan Jett. “Their material is part of us and we are part of them,” declares Debbie of their co-writers, all of whom were influenced by Blondie in the first place. “It’s a celebration of recycling!” Blondie are teaming up with Cyndi Lauper for an Australian tour in April. They’ll play arena shows in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as A Day On The Green winery shows. Let’s indeed raise a glass to their continued golden blondness.


This article first appeared in DNA #206. Buy DNA back issues here.


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