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Autoamerican

Blondie

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The basic Blondie sextet was augmented, or replaced, by numerous session musicians (including lots of uncredited horn and string players) for the group's fifth album, Autoamerican, on which they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat. A cover of Jamaican group the Paragons' "The Tide Is High," released in advance of the album, became a gold-selling number one single, as did the rap pastiche "Rapture," but, despite their presence, the album stalled in the lower half of the Top Ten and spent fewer weeks in the charts than either of its predecessors. One reason for that, admittedly, was that Chrysalis Records pulled promotion of the disc in favor of pushing lead singer Debbie Harry's debut solo album, KooKoo, not even bothering to release a third single after scoring two chart-topping hits. But then, it's hard to imagine what that third single could have been on an album that leads off with a pretentious string-filled instrumental ("Europa"), and also finds Harry crooning ersatz '20s pop on "Here's Looking at You" and tackling Broadway show music in a cover of "Follow Me" from Camelot. Though more characteristic, the rest of the tracks are weak compositions indifferently executed. Thus Autoamerican was memorable only for its hits, which would be better heard when placed on a hits compilation.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Europa (Remastered)
00:03:30

Mike Chapman, Producer - Jimmie Haskell, String Arranger, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Live It Up (Remastered)
00:04:09

Mike Chapman, Producer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wa Wa Watson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - B-Girls, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Lesser, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Here's Looking At You (Remastered)
00:02:58

Mike Chapman, Producer - Jimmie Haskell, String Arranger, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

4
The Tide Is High (Remastered)
00:04:40

Michael Chapman, Producer - John Holt, ComposerLyricist - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stein, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Destri, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clem Burke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tyrone Evans, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Harrison, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Anthony Barrett, ComposerLyricist - Frank Infante, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC.

5
Angels On The Balcony (Remastered)
00:03:47

Mike Chapman, Producer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - L. Davies, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Go Through It (Remastered)
00:02:42

Mike Chapman, Producer - Jimmie Haskell, String Arranger, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Do The Dark (Remastered)
00:03:51

Mike Chapman, Producer - Tom Scott, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Rapture (Remastered 2001)
00:06:31

Mike Chapman, Producer - Tom Scott, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Faces (Remastered)
00:03:52

Steve Goldstein, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Chapman, Producer - Tom Scott, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

10
T-Birds (Remastered)
00:03:57

Mike Chapman, Producer - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Harrison, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Walk Like Me (Remastered)
00:03:44

Mike Chapman, Producer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Follow Me (Remastered)
00:03:10

Steve Goldstein, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Chapman, Producer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Alan Jay Lerner, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frederick Löwe, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

13
Call Me (Theme From "American Gigolo" / Remastered)
00:08:06

Giorgio Moroder, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Harold Faltermeyer, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Forsey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Deborah Harry, Author

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

14
Suzy & Jeffrey (Remastered)
00:04:10

Mike Chapman, Producer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Harrison, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

15
Rapture (Special Disco Mix / Remastered)
00:09:59

Mike Chapman, Producer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Boatner, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

The basic Blondie sextet was augmented, or replaced, by numerous session musicians (including lots of uncredited horn and string players) for the group's fifth album, Autoamerican, on which they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat. A cover of Jamaican group the Paragons' "The Tide Is High," released in advance of the album, became a gold-selling number one single, as did the rap pastiche "Rapture," but, despite their presence, the album stalled in the lower half of the Top Ten and spent fewer weeks in the charts than either of its predecessors. One reason for that, admittedly, was that Chrysalis Records pulled promotion of the disc in favor of pushing lead singer Debbie Harry's debut solo album, KooKoo, not even bothering to release a third single after scoring two chart-topping hits. But then, it's hard to imagine what that third single could have been on an album that leads off with a pretentious string-filled instrumental ("Europa"), and also finds Harry crooning ersatz '20s pop on "Here's Looking at You" and tackling Broadway show music in a cover of "Follow Me" from Camelot. Though more characteristic, the rest of the tracks are weak compositions indifferently executed. Thus Autoamerican was memorable only for its hits, which would be better heard when placed on a hits compilation.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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