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spin.com - 16th November 2007

The Rapturous Debbie Harry
November 16, 2007

The Blondie songstress maintains her stance as the ultimate frontwoman with the release of Necessary Evil.

As punk celebrates its 30th year -- as captured in Spin's October issue on 1977, the year punk exploded -- pioneering New York City-based banshee Debbie Harry still radiates as much as she did when seducing the CBGB stage three decades ago. The bottle-blonde hair, pouty lips, and sugary voice have made her an icon in music, fashion, and acting. And she's still doing it all, too. Currently touring North America in support of her sixth studio album, Necessary Evil, her first solo LP since 1993's Debravation, the 62-year-old Harry just can't stop -- stop working, that is. "It's really what turns me on… I think a complete vacation would probably kill me," the Blondie frontwoman coyly joked to SPIN.com.

The infectious genre-blending sonics of Necessary Evil found the new wave diva teaming up with a hosts of collaborators, including production team Super Buddha, the Toilet Boys' Guy Furrow, Jazz Passengers' Roy Nathanson and Bill Ware, and longtime musical partner, Blondie guitarist Chris Stein. Here, Harry chats about the making of the album ("I just sort of took the opportunity as it came… it happened slowly"), her and Stein's unbreakable bond ("We appreciate each other's sick sense of humor"), and the aesthetic of a great frontwoman ("I think Madonna really worked that to the ultimate"). After all, Debbie Harry should know! INTERVIEW BY MACKENZIE WILSON / FILMED AND EDITED BY ERIC NOWELS

Link: spin.com - 16th November 2007


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