One Track Mind: Blondie, “I Want To Drag You Around” from Ghosts of Download (2014)

Blondie still sounds like Blondie, a space-age mixture of icy dance beats and fiery post-punk attitude. Finally, it seems, the rest of popular music has come around again to Debbie Harry’s way of doing things.

Sure, there’s a guitar flourish here, and a few new technological wrinkles to boot. But that’s a distinction without a real difference. Blondie’s “I Want to Drag You Around” could have been made 35 years ago. Or last week.

As such, it will fit in perfectly with the forthcoming Blondie 4(0) Ever, which not only includes 12 other new songs but also a second album of newly updated takes on Blondie’s best-known songs.

This involving lyric video, created by J.H. Williams III, builds off his album cover work for Blondie 4(0) Ever, set for release on May 13, 2014. Williams is best known for his work on Batwoman, Seven Soldiers and Promethea.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
Nick DeRiso
  • Madeline

    I love that this sounds so much like Bachata. The Latin-Carribean culture is blending well with the Western, I’m loving it.