Blondie - Panic Of Girls

Blondie’s back with LP9 and the band’s first in eight years. During their time off, the NYC new wave icons got turned onto contemporary NYC-based indie notables Beirut — Zach Condon plays trumpet on a track, but moreover Blondie’s Panic Of Girls includes a cover of Beirut’s “A Sunday Smile.” It’s one of Beirut’s more bacchanalian, trumpet-lined warblers, but here it gets wrapped up in some “The Tide Is High” styled Blondie ska. Hear a snippet at Amazon. The album’s out via the band’s own Eleven Seven label.

On a related note (via P4K), Beirut offer a new single this Monday, also on their own label (Pompeii): Close observers/Beirut ticketstub holders may recognize one or both sides of the “East Harlem” b/w “Goshen” single from live shows over the past few years — “East Harlem” is a ukulele song with Stephin Merritt leanings that Zach Condon wrote when he was 17 but first started playing out in ’09, and “Goshen” is a track that’s dotted this past month’s setlists. UK people can pre-order the limited-to-1000-copies run of the 7″ on white vinyl via Rough Trade. Hear live versions of both below:

“East Harlem”


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Comments (3)
  1. Beirut es cada vez más maravilloso ! (:

  2. Blondie’s cover of “Sunday Smile” is awful, and I mean someone had to say it. Their cover is like Blondie was hanging out with a 311 for a weekend and asked how to make a shi**y cover.

  3. Have to agree with Richard. Very tame and MOR……

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