Deborah Harry

Deborah Harry

As the face and sound behind one of new wave's most influential bands to emerge during the punk heyday of the '70s, Debbie Harry was the ultimate diva. She was the Blondie frontwoman, a vixen with hypnotically wild stage moves and an edgy cool voice. A killer sneer matched her signature blonde mop and made her a star.

Born in the summer of 1945 in Miami, Debbie Harry was adopted and raised by Richard and Catherine Harry in suburban New Jersey. She spent most of her young adult life working various jobs. Her initial start in music came in the late '60s with the folk-rock act Wind in the Willows. They'd only release one album, their eponymous debut for Capitol in 1968, but Harry had other plans. Her stint as a Playboy Bunny wasn't exactly what she had in mind, but her waitressing gig at Max's Kansas City eventually led her to the punk rock cliques taking over New York City during the '70s.

In 1973, Harry met Chris Stein, a graduate of New York's School of Visual Arts. Stein was impressed with Harry's tough persona and her all-girl rock group the Stilettos, and within a year Harry left the band and formed Angel & the Snake with Stein. By 1974, they'd christened themselves Blondie. Contrary to popular belief, their moniker wasn't derived from Harry's famous blonde mane; she took the phrase from the obnoxious truck drivers who catcalled "Hey Blondie, give us a screw" as she'd pass by. With drummer Clem Burke and ex-Knickers keyboardist Jimmy Destri, Blondie spent eight years winning the world over with their infectious post-punk sound. Singles "Heart of Glass," the reggae-tinged "The Tide Is High," and "Call Me" were major chart-toppers in America while Blondie's third album, Parallel Lines sold 20 million copies worldwide.

Harry went solo while Blondie was still hot. KooKoo, which was produced by Chic man Nile Rodgers, marked her solo debut in August 1981. It wasn't nearly as accessible or as polished as her work with Blondie, and perhaps because of that KooKoo earned a dismal number 28 position on the U.S. charts. The next year, Blondie issued Hunter and called it quits, or at least a break. Stein had fallen ill with a rare and generally fatal genetic disease called Pemphigus, and Harry stepped out of the spotlight to nurse her partner back to health. It would be five years until she'd sing again.

She returned in 1986 with Rockbird; critics loved it, and the Chuck Lorre-penned "French Kissin'" was a moderate radio hit. But almost as soon as she arrived, Harry disappeared, and she'd spend the latter part of the decade working on her acting skills. Going by "Deborah Harry," she appeared in an episode of Wiseguy on CBS in 1989 and, returning to music, released a third album, the Euro-dance inflected Def, Dumb & Blonde.

The '90s saw a much more reserved Debbie Harry, in the sense that she was enjoying her pop culture status and the simple life as well. She'd appeared in countless films by this time, most notably Videodrome (1982), Hairspray (1988), and the black comedy Six Ways to Sunday (1997). In 1993 she released Debravation, and she was also recording and touring with the avant-garde jazz troupe the Jazz Passengers, which she'd joined for their 1997 debut, Individually Twisted. She'd been working with Stein, Destri, and Burke again, too. A Blondie reunion was official in 1999 when the four of them released their first album in 17 years. No Exit showed an always stylish pop/rock sound from the band, and as a seasoned artist, Harry was as brilliant as ever. The album was a success, as was the accompanying tour, and in 2003 the follow-up, The Curse of Blondie, came out. Three years later the group was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2007 Harry's next solo full-length (she had been involved in a variety of side projects in the break), Necessary Evil, was released.

Title Album Genre Tools
Two Times Blue Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Piano, Electronic, Guitar, and Keyboard
Key:
E
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #1
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17712
main mix
School For Scandal Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
A
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Epic, Moody, Quirky, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Car Chase, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Goodbye, Road Trip, and Victory
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #2
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17713
main mix
If I Had You Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Cello, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, and Violin
Key:
E minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Climactic, Epic, Feel-Good, Moody, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Film Trailer, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #3
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17714
main mix
Deep End Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
A minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Climactic, Driving, Feel-Good, Funny, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Night Club, Rainy Day, Strip Tease, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #4
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17715
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Love With A Vengeance Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
E minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Funky/Groove, Moody, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Night Club, Rainy Day, and Strip Tease
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #5
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17716
main mix 160k MP3
Necessary Evil Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, and Percussion
Key:
D minor
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Epic, Funky/Groove, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Frat Party, Goodbye, Heartbreak, Road Trip, Strip Tease, and Victory
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #6
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17717
main mix
Charm Redux Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
F
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Bright, Climactic, Epic, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Game Day, Rainy Day, Road Trip, and Strip Tease
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #7
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17718
main mix
You're Too Hot Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Saxophone, and Wind Instruments
Key:
B minor
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Epic, Moody, Ominous, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Game Day, Make-Out, Night Club, and Strip Tease
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #8
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17719
main mix
Dirty & Deep Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Piano, Electronic, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
A minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Funky/Groove, Party, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Frat Party, In Love, Make-Out, Night Club, and Strip Tease
Subgenres:
Indie Rock, New Wave, and Party / Club
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #9
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17720
main mix
What Is Love Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Piano, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Strings
Key:
G
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Moody, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #10
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17721
main mix
Whiteout Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
C
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Climactic, Driving, Epic, Funny, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Frat Party, In Love, Make-Out, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #11
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17722
main mix 160k MP3
Needless To Say Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
A
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, Morning After, Sunny Day, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #12
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17723
main mix 160k MP3
Heat Of The Moment Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Cello, Drums, Electronic, Percussion, Strings, and Violin
Key:
G minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Funky/Groove, Moody, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Frat Party, In Love, Make-Out, Night Club, Road Trip, and Strip Tease
Subgenres:
Indie Rock, Indie-Electronic, and New Wave
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #13
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17724
main mix 160k MP3
Charm Alarm Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
D minor
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Climactic, Dark, Driving, Funky/Groove, Moody, Party, Percussive/Drums, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Frat Party, In Love, Make-Out, Night Club, and Strip Tease
Subgenres:
Indie Rock, New Wave, and Party / Club
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
duet, female, and male
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #14
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17725
main mix
Jen Jen (Bonus Track) Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
D minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Funky/Groove, Ominous, Party, Percussive/Drums, Quirky, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Game Day, Night Club, Road Trip, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Afro-Beat, New Wave, and World Fusion
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #15
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17726
main mix
Naked Eye (Bonus Track) Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Piano, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Tablas
Key:
E♭
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Funky/Groove, Moody, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Frat Party, In Love, Make-Out, Night Club, Road Trip, Strip Tease, and Victory
Subgenres:
Indie-Electronic, New Wave, and World Fusion
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #16
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17727
main mix
Paradise Bonus (Bonus Track) Necessary Evil Rock
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Piano, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Saxophone
Key:
F
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dark, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, Rainy Day, and Strip Tease
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, and New Wave
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
CD/Track #:
Necessary Evil, #17
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
17728
main mix
Take Me Back