Label: Chrysalis - 8CH 1192 • Format: 8-Track Cartridge Album • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: New Wave, Pop Rock, Punk, Disco
Parallel Lines is the third studio album by American rock band Blondie. It was released on September 23,by Chrysalis Records to international commercial success.
The album reached No. In Billboard magazine, Parallel Lines was listed at No. As ofthe album had sold over 20 million copies worldwide. In FebruaryBlondie released their second studio album Plastic Letters. It was their last album produced by Richard Gottehrerwhose sound had formed the basis of Blondie's new wave and punk output. Peter Leeds, Blondie's manager, conspired with Chrysalis Records to encourage Chapman to work with Blondie on new music.
Drummer Clem Burke recalls feeling enthusiastic about the proposition, believing Chapman could create innovative and eclectic records. However, lead vocalist Debbie Harry was far less enthusiastic about Chapman's involvement as she knew him only by reputation; according to Chapman, her animosity towards him was because "they were New York.
Harry's cautiousness abated after Pretty Baby - Blondie - Parallel Lines (8-Track Cartridge played Chapman early cuts of "Heart of Glass" and "Sunday Girl" and he was impressed. Sessions with Chris Stein were hampered by his being stoned during recording, and Chapman encouraged him to write songs rather than play guitar.
Similarly, according to Chapman, Jimmy Destri would prove himself to be far better at songwriting than as a keyboardist and Clem Burke had poor timing playing drums. As a result, Chapman spent time improving the band, especially Stein with whom Chapman spent hours rerecording his parts to ensure they were right.
The Blondies were tough in the studio, real tough. None of them liked each other, except Chris and Debbie, and there was so much animosity. They were really, really juvenile in their approach to life—a classic New York underground rock band—and they didn't give a fuck about anything.
They just wanted to have fun and didn't want to work too hard getting it. Chapman took an unorthodox approach when recording with Harry whom he describes as "a great singer and a great vocal stylist, with a beautifully identifiable voice. Chapman was far more cautious of demanding much from Harry as he saw her as a highly emotional person who would vest these emotions in the songs they made.
He remembers Harry disappearing into the bathroom in tears for several hours at a time during recording. This was due to Chapman encouraging her to be cautious about the way she sang, particularly to recognise phrasing, timing and attitude.
Blondie recorded Parallel Lines in six weeks, despite being given six months by Terry Ellis, co-founder of Chrysalis Records, to do so.
When recording, Chapman would start with the basic track, which was difficult to record at the time by way of "pencil erasing". Chapman explained in an interview for Sound on Sound"that meant using a pencil to hold the tape away from the head and erasing up to the kick drum. If a bass part was ahead of the kick, you could erase it so that it sounded like it was on top of the kick. That's very easy to do these days, but back then it was quite a procedure just to get the bottom end sounding nice and tight.
After the basic track was complete, Chapman would record lead and backing vocals with Harry. However, this process was hampered by many songs not being written in time for the vocals to be recorded.
When recording vocal parts, Chapman remembers asking Harry if Pretty Baby - Blondie - Parallel Lines (8-Track Cartridge was ready to sing, Pretty Baby - Blondie - Parallel Lines (8-Track Cartridge for her to reply "Yeah, just a minute" as she was still writing lyrics down.
Chapman notes that many "classic" songs from the album were created this way. During the last session at the Record Plant, the band were asleep I Want You Back - Michael Jackson And The Jackson 5 - 18 Greatest Hits - Compact Command Performance the floor only to be awakened at six o'clock in the morning by Mike Chapman and his engineer Peter Coleman leaving for Los Angeles with the tape tracks.
According to music journalist Robert ChristgauParallel Lines was a pop rock album in which Blondie achieved their "synthesis of the Dixie Cups and the Electric Prunes ". I made a pop album. Lyrically, Parallel Lines abandoned what Rolling Stone magazine's Arion Berger called the "cartoonish postmodernist referencing" of Blondie's previous new wave songs in favor of a "romantic fatalism" that was new for the band.
On the latter song, Debbie Harrywho daydreamed as a child that Marilyn Monroe was her birth mother, compares a Pretty Baby - Blondie - Parallel Lines (8-Track Cartridge image onscreen to the light of a dying sun.
Parallel Lines took its name from an unused track written by Harry, the lyrics of which were included in the first vinyl edition of the album. The cover sleeve image was photographed by Edo Bertoglio and was chosen by Blondie's manager, Peter Leeds, despite being rejected by the band. The photo shows the band posing in matching dress suits and smiling broadly in contrast to Harry who poses defiantly with her hands on her hips while wearing a white dress and high heels. The album was released by Chrysalis on September 23, to international success.
Blondie embarked on a sold-out tour of the UK and appeared at an autograph signing event for Our Price Records on Kensington High Street ; according to Peacock, it "descended into Beatlemania -esque chaos when the band were mobbed by thousands of fans". In Januarythey achieved their first British number-one hit when "Heart of Glass" was released as the next single. Parallel Lines was also a commercial success elsewhere in Europe, Australia, and the United States, where the band had struggled to sell their previous records.
The single was "responsible for turning the band into Black Star - Radiohead - The Bends fide superstars", Peacock said. Since then, the album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Contemporary reviews of the album were near-universally positive. Never again did singer Deborah Harry, mastermind Chris Stein and their able four-man Beatlemania Story - Irena Jarocka - Irena Jarocka nail the band's signature paradoxes with such unfailing flair: lowbrow class, tender sarcasm, pop rock.
In a retrospective appraisal Album) s post-punk albums, Spin magazine's Sasha Frere-Jones said Parallel Lines may have been "the perfect pop-rock record" and Blondie's best album. The album was reissued and remastered in along with Blondie's back catalog Pretty Baby - Blondie - Parallel Lines (8-Track Cartridge featured four bonus tracks: a demo of "Heart of Glass", live cover of T.
On June 24,an expanded 30th Anniversary Edition of the album was released,  which featured new artwork  and bonus tracks along with bonus DVD. The Parallel Lines 30th Anniversary Edition included the 7" single version of "Heart of Glass", which was featured on Pretty Baby - Blondie - Parallel Lines (8-Track Cartridge original pressing of the album, the French version of "Sunday Girl" and some remixes, plus a DVD with albums, promo videos and TV performance.
The band also launched a world tour of the same name to promote the re-release and celebrate the event. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the geometry term, Album) Parallel geometry. For other uses, see Parallel Lines disambiguation. Pop rock power pop new wave.
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