Heart of Glass (song)
"Heart of Glass" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie, written by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. Featured on the band's third studio album, Parallel Lines, it was released as the album's third single in January 1979 and reached number one on the charts in several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. In December 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 255 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, it was ranked at number 259 when the list was updated in April 2010. Slant Magazine placed it at number 42 on their list of the greatest dance songs of all time and Pitchfork named it the 18th best song of the 1970s. In 2018, "Heart of Glass" ranked at number 66 in the UK's official list of biggest selling singles of all-time with sales of 1.32 million copies. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein wrote an early version of "Heart of Glass", called "Once I Had a Love", in 1974–75; this earlier version was recorded as a demo in 1975. The song had a slower, funkier sound with a basic disco beat.
For this reason the band referred to it as "The Disco Song". This original version was inspired by The Hues Corporation's hit disco song "Rock the Boat"; the song was re-recorded in a second demo with the same title in 1978, when the song was made a bit more pop-oriented. Harry said that "'Heart of Glass' was one of the first songs Blondie wrote, but it was years before we recorded it properly. We'd tried it as a ballad, as reggae, but it never quite worked", that "the lyrics weren't about anyone, they were just a plaintive moan about lost love." It was only when the band met with producer Mike Chapman to start work on Parallel Lines that Harry recalled Chapman "asked us to play all the songs we had. At the end, he said:'Have you got anything else?' We sheepishly said:'Well, there is this old one.' He liked it – he thought it was fascinating and started to pull it into focus."Exactly who decided to give the song a more pronounced disco vibe is subject to differing recollections. On some occasions, the producer Mike Chapman has stated that he convinced Harry and Stein to give the song a disco twist.
On other occasions, Chapman has credited Harry with the idea. As a band, Blondie had experimented with disco before, both in the predecessors to "Heart of Glass" and in live cover songs that the band played at shows. Bassist Gary Valentine noted that the set list for early Blondie shows included disco hits such as "Honey Bee" or "My Imagination". In an interview published in the February 4, 1978 edition of NME, Debbie Harry expressed her affinity for the Euro disco music of Giorgio Moroder, stating that "It's commercial, but it's good, it says something... that's the kind of stuff that I want to do". A notable example of this type of musical experimentation occurred when Blondie covered Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" at the Blitz Benefit on May 7, 1978. In his history of CBGB, music writer Roman Kozak described this event: "When Blondie played for the Johnny Blitz benefit in May, 1978, they surprised everyone with a rendition of Donna Summer's'I Feel Love', it was arguably the first time in New York, in the middle of the great rock versus disco split, that a rock band had played a disco song.
Blondie went on to record'Heart of Glass,' other groups recorded other danceable songs, dance rock was born."The song was given the disco orientation that made the song one of the best-known Blondie recordings. For the single release the track was remixed by Chapman, with the double-tracked bass drum more accentuated. In reflecting on the development of "Heart of Glass" from its earliest incarnations until the recorded version on Parallel Lines, Chris Stein noted that the earliest versions had a basic conventional disco beat, but that the recorded version incorporated the electronic sound of Euro disco, stating that "The original arrangement of'Heart of Glass'—as on the Betrock demos—had doubles on the high-hat cymbals, a more straight-ahead disco beat; when we recorded it for Parallel Lines we were into Kraftwerk, we wanted to make it more electronic. We weren't thinking disco; the instrumental interludes in "Heart of Glass", in contrast, consist of 74 phrases, with exception to the last phrase and subsequent reprises of each interlude, which resolve back to eight beats per phrase.
A 5:50 version of "Heart of Glass" was first released as 12-inch single in December 1978. Some radio stations in the US were reluctant to play the song because of the "pain in the ass" lyric, so an edited 7-inch single was released in January 1979; the original album version was released as a single in the UK where the BBC bleeped out the offending word. Debbie Harry told The Guardian, "At first, the song kept saying: `, it was a gas. Soon turned out, it was a pain in the ass.' We couldn't keep saying that, so we came up with:'Soon turned out, had a heart of glass.' We kept one'pain in the ass' in – and the BBC bleeped it out for radio."The single reached number one on the singles charts in the US and the UK. In the US, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 1979, representing sales of one million copies. In the UK, it was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry in February 1979 for sales of one million copies. Despite its overall popularity, "Heart of Glass" was not a hit in New York City's traditional discothèques such as Studio 54, Xenon and Crisco Disco, only reached No. 58 in Billboard's Disco Top 80 chart.
One of the first rock/disco
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. referred to as Warner Bros. and abbreviated as WB, is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in film and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America; the company's name originated from the four founding Warner brothers: Harry, Albert and Jack Warner. Harry and Sam emigrated as young children with their parents to Canada from Krasnosielc, Poland. Jack, the youngest brother, was born in Ontario; the three elder brothers began in the movie theater business, having acquired a movie projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the beginning and Albert Warner invested $150 to present Life of an American Fireman and The Great Train Robbery, they opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1903. When the original building was in danger of being demolished, the modern Warner Bros. called the current building owners, arranged to save it.
The owners noted people across the country had asked them to protect it for its historical significance. In 1904, the Warners founded the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company, to distribute films. In 1912, Harry Warner hired. By the time of World War I they had begun producing films. In 1918 they opened the first Warner Brothers Studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Sam and Jack produced the pictures, while Harry and Albert, along with their auditor and now controller Chase, handled finance and distribution in New York City. During World War I their first nationally syndicated film, My Four Years in Germany, based on a popular book by former ambassador James W. Gerard, was released. On April 4, 1923, with help from money loaned to Harry by his banker Motley Flint, they formally incorporated as Warner Bros. Pictures, Incorporated; the first important deal was the acquisition of the rights to Avery Hopwood's 1919 Broadway play, The Gold Diggers, from theatrical impresario David Belasco.
However, Rin Tin Tin, a dog brought from France after World War I by an American soldier, established their reputation. Rin Tin Tin debuted in the feature; the movie was so successful. Rin Tin Tin became the studio's top star. Jack nicknamed him "The Mortgage Lifter" and the success boosted Darryl F. Zanuck's career. Zanuck became a top producer and between 1928 and 1933 served as Jack's right-hand man and executive producer, with responsibilities including day-to-day film production. More success came. Lubitsch's film The Marriage Circle was the studio's most successful film of 1924, was on The New York Times best list for that year. Despite the success of Rin Tin Tin and Lubitsch, Warner's remained a lesser studio. Sam and Jack decided to offer Broadway actor John Barrymore the lead role in Beau Brummel; the film was so successful. By the end of 1924, Warner Bros. was arguably Hollywood's most successful independent studio, where it competed with "The Big Three" Studios. As a result, Harry Warner—while speaking at a convention of 1,500 independent exhibitors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin—was able to convince the filmmakers to spend $500,000 in newspaper advertising, Harry saw this as an opportunity to establish theaters in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.
As the studio prospered, it gained backing from Wall Street, in 1924 Goldman Sachs arranged a major loan. With this new money, the Warners bought the pioneer Vitagraph Company which had a nationwide distribution system. In 1925, Warners' experimented in radio, establishing a successful radio station, KFWB, in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. was a pioneer of films with synchronized sound. In 1925, at Sam's urging, Warner's agreed to add this feature to their productions. By February 1926, the studio reported a net loss of $333,413. After a long period denying Sam's request for sound, Harry agreed to change, as long as the studio's use of synchronized sound was for background music purposes only; the Warners signed a contract with the sound engineer company Western Electric and established Vitaphone. In 1926, Vitaphone began making films with music and effects tracks, most notably, in the feature Don Juan starring John Barrymore; the film was silent. To hype Don Juan's release, Harry acquired the large Piccadilly Theater in Manhattan, New York City, renamed it Warners' Theatre.
Don Juan premiered at the Warners' Theatre in New York on August 6, 1926. Throughout the early history of film distribution, theater owners hired orchestras to attend film showings, where they provided soundtracks. Through Vitaphone, Warner Bros. produced eight shorts in 1926. Many film production companies questioned the necessity. Don Juan did not recoup its production cost and Lubitsch left for MGM. By April 1927, the Big Five studios had ruined Warner's, Western Electric renewed Warner's Vit
Take Your Time (Do It Right)
"Take Your Time" is a post-disco song by American R&B group the S. O. S. Band from their debut studio album S. O. S.. It was released as the lead single from S. O. S. on March 18, 1980, through Tabu Records, three months before the album's release. In the United States, it reached the number-one spot on the Billboard R&B singles chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1980. On the Billboard dance chart, it went to number one for four non-consecutive weeks; the single was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. It spent five months on the US charts. "Take Your Time" was a worldwide hit. It was moderately successful elsewhere, reaching number 40 in Australia, number 27 in Canada and number 10 in Norway. In the UK it missed the top 40 peaking at number 51, it is ranked as the 36th biggest American hit of 1980, the 42nd in New Zealand. It was covered in 1995 by the group Max-A-Million, sampled in 2002 by Birdman on his self-titled album in the song "Baby You Can Do It" and again in 2004 by September on her debut self-titled album in the single "We Can Do It".
Father MC sampled the song from the Close to You album from 1992. Alcazar sampled "Take Your Time" in their song, "Paradise" from the album "Casino". Song review from Allmusic
Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band were punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s, its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Heart of Glass", "Call Me", "Rapture" and "The Tide Is High" and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop and early rap music. Blondie disbanded after the release of its sixth studio album The Hunter in 1982. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin; the band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with "Maria" in 1999 20 years after their first UK No.1 single.
The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Blondie is still active; the band's tenth studio album, Ghosts of Download, was released in 2014 and their eleventh studio album, was released on May 5, 2017. Inspired by the burgeoning new music scene at the Mercer Arts Center, Chris Stein sought to join a similar band, he joined the Stilettoes in 1973 as their guitarist and formed a romantic relationship with one of the band's vocalists, Debbie Harry, a former waitress and Playboy Bunny. Harry had been a member of the Wind in the Willows, in the late 1960s. In July 1974, Stein and Harry parted ways with the Stilettoes and Elda Gentile, the band's originator, forming a new band with ex-Stilettoes bandmates Billy O'Connor and Fred Smith. Billed as Angel and the Snake for two shows in August 1974, they renamed themselves "Blondie" by October 1974; the name derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled "Hey, Blondie" to Harry as they drove past.
By the spring of 1975, after some personnel turnover and Harry were joined by drummer Clem Burke and bass player Gary Valentine. Blondie became regular performers at Max's Kansas City and CBGB. In June 1975, the band's first recording came in the way of a demo produced by Alan Betrock. To fill out their sound, they recruited keyboard player Jimmy Destri in November 1975; the band signed with Private Stock Records and their debut album, was issued in December 1976 but was not a commercial success. In September 1977, the band bought back its contract with Private Stock and signed with British label Chrysalis Records; the first album was re-released on the new label in October 1977. Rolling Stone's review of the debut album observed the eclectic nature of the group's music, comparing it to Phil Spector and the Who, commented that the album's two strengths were Richard Gottehrer's production and the persona of Debbie Harry; the publication said she performed with "utter aplomb and involvement throughout: when she's portraying a character consummately obnoxious and spaced-out, there is a wink of awareness, comforting and amusing yet never condescending."
It noted that Harry was the "possessor of a bombshell zombie's voice that can sound dreamily seductive and woodenly Mansonite within the same song". The band's first commercial success occurred in Australia in 1977, when the music television program Countdown mistakenly played their video "In the Flesh", the B-side of their current single "X-Offender". Jimmy Destri credited the show's Molly Meldrum for their initial success, commenting that "we still thank him to this day" for playing the wrong song. In a 1998 interview, drummer Clem Burke recalled seeing the episode in which the wrong song was played, but he and Chris Stein suggested that it may have been a deliberate subterfuge on the part of Meldrum. Stein asserted that "X-Offender" was "too crazy and aggressive ", while "In the Flesh" was "not representative of any punk sensibility. Over the years, I've thought they played both things but liked one better. That's all." In retrospect, Burke described "In the Flesh" as "a forerunner to the power ballad".
The single reached number 2 in Australia, while the album reached the Australian top twenty in November 1977, a subsequent double-A release of "X-Offender" and "Rip Her to Shreds" reached number 81. A successful Australian tour followed in December, though it was marred by an incident in Brisbane when disappointed fans rioted after Harry cancelled a performance due to illness. In February 1978, Blondie released Plastic Letters; the album was recorded as a four-piece as Gary Valentine had left the band in mid 1977. Plastic Letters was promoted extensively throughout Asia by Chrysalis Records; the album's first single, "Denis", was the Rainbows' 1963 hit. It reached number two on the British singles charts, while both the album and its second single, " Presence, Dear", reached the British top ten. Chart success, along with a successful 1978 UK tour, including a gig at London's Roundhouse, made Blondie one of the first American new wave bands to achieve mainstream success in the United Kingdom. By this time, Gary Valentine had left and been replaced by Frank In
Blake Alexander Jenner is an American actor and singer. Jenner won the second season of Oxygen's The Glee Project and, as a result, portrayed Ryder Lynn on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee, he has since had starring and supporting roles in Everybody Wants Some!!, The Edge of Seventeen and American Animals. Jenner was raised in Miami, Florida, his father Richard Vernon Jenner is of English and French-Canadian descent. His mother Mitzy is from a family from Santiago de Cuba, he began playing drums at age nine. He attended Felix Varela High School, where he joined the school's drama society Troupe 6162 and played varsity football and wrestling. Stating that he was "in love with improv and comedy" he began improvisation lessons and participated in stage productions at the Roxy Performing Arts Center. In 2008, he became a sketch comedy improv group based in Miami. Eager to pursue a career in acting, Jenner left Miami and moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school a year early, with just $2,500.
While residing in California, he took on many jobs including a waiter, clothing store associate, parrot salesman while auditioning for acting roles. He continually attended improv classes at The Groundlings, did a guest show with that company two years later. By 2011, he was cast in the short films Wurlitzer and The Truth In Being Right and the horror film Cousin Sarah, he made a guest appearance on ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey as Miller Collins. In 2012, he was selected through industry channels to audition as one of 15 contestants on the second season of The Glee Project, a television reality show for which the prize was a guaranteed seven-episode arc on the following season of Glee, he was one of three finalists and won. After appearing as Ryder Lynn on the fourth season of Glee, he was nominated and won the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star. Jenner, along with co-stars Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Alex Newell, Melissa Benoist, was promoted to series regular status for the fifth season.
In the summer of 2013, Jenner wrote the screenplay for Billy Boy. He and Benoist went on Kickstarter to ask fans to help fund the project's production. Jenner was subsequently cast in the horror film Within. In late 2015, Jenner was cast in a recurring role as Adam Foster on Supergirl, playing opposite his then-wife Melissa Benoist, who stars as the series' title character, his first appearance aired on January 25, 2016. In 2016, Jenner starred as Jake Bradford in Richard Linklater's comedy film Everybody Wants Some!!, released on March 30, played Hailee Steinfeld's character's brother in the coming-of-age drama The Edge of Seventeen. In April 2016, he was announced to have joined the cast of Shawn Christensen's drama film The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was released on 2018. In February 2017, he was announced to have joined the cast of Bart Layton's crime drama film American Animals, it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 and was released on June 1, 2018, by The Orchard and MoviePass Ventures.
On June 27, 2018, it was announced that Jenner will be playing Christian de Neuvillette in the Goodspeed Musical production's Cyrano at the Norma Terris Theatre from August 3 through September 9, 2018. In August 2018, it was announced that Jenner had been cast as the male lead in What/If, Netflix's social thriller anthology drama series. Jenner became engaged to his former Glee co-star Melissa Benoist in 2013 and the pair married in 2015. However, that same year, Benoist commented that they had been married "longer than anybody knows," with some sources claiming that the couple wed in 2013. Benoist filed for divorce in late December 2016, citing irreconcilable differences, the divorce was finalized in December 2017. Glee: The Music Presents Glease Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1 Glee Sings the Beatles Blake Jenner on IMDb Blake Jenner on Twitter
Glen Thomas Powell Jr. is an American actor and producer. He began his career with guest roles on television and small roles in films such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Expendables 3 before making his breakthrough performance as Chad Radwell in the Fox comedy-horror series Scream Queens, he has since starred as Finnegan in the coming-of-age comedy Everybody Wants Some!!, astronaut John Glenn in the drama Hidden Figures, Charlie Young in Set It Up. Powell was born in Texas, he is a graduate of Westwood High School in northwest Austin, part of the Round Rock Independent School District. He started by Sylvester Stallone in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. In 2007, before his first year of college, Powell landed a role in The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has starred in television series such as Scream Queens, Into the West, Jack & Bobby, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Without a Trace, Rizzoli & Isles, The Lying Game, along with the feature films The Expendables 3, Ride Along 2, Sex Ed, Stuck in Love, The Dark Knight Rises.
He co-starred as Finnegan in Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater's spiritual sequel to Dazed & Confused, filmed in Austin and released by Paramount on March 30, 2016. He starred opposite Zoey Deutch in Set It Up, a romantic comedy on Netflix. Glen Powell on IMDb Glen Powell on Twitter
Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch is an American actress and producer. Deutch began her career with starring roles in the gothic fantasy film Beautiful Creatures and the horror comedy film Vampire Academy. In 2016, she starred as Beverly in the comedy Everybody Wants Some!! and Stephanie Fleming in the comedy Why Him?. In 2017, she starred as Samantha Kingston in the drama Before I Fall, Erica Vandross in the comedy-drama Flower, Harper in the romantic comedy Set It Up, she produced and starred in the films The Year of Spectacular Men and Buffaloed. Deutch is the younger daughter of actress-director Lea Thompson. Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch was born on November 10, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, to actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch, she has one sister, Madelyn Deutch, an actress. Other close relatives of hers include musician Barbara Barry Thompson, music executive Murray Deutch, actor Robert Walden, her mother, from Minnesota, is of Irish ancestry while her father, from New York, is of Jewish ancestry.
She had a Bat Mitzvah. She started taking acting classes at the age of five. Deutch studied at Oakwood School, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and at the Young Actors Space, she majored in theater at L. A. County High School for the Arts, she is a voracious reader, studies with a political science tutor and takes art classes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deutch began her career in 2010, at the age of 15, with a role on the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life on Deck as Maya, Zack Martin's love interest. From 2011 to 2012, she played recurring role of Juliet Martin on The CW's thriller Ringer, she debuted on the big screen in Mayor Cupcake alongside her sister. Deutch booked a small scene in The Amazing Spider-Man but director Marc Webb cut the scene, although it is included on the DVD, her big screen breakthrough came in the supporting role of Emily Asher, alongside Emma Thompson, Thomas Mann and Alden Ehrenreich in the 2013 fantasy-romance-drama Beautiful Creatures based on American young adult novel of the same name written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and the first book in the Caster Chronicles series.
Deutch appeared on NCIS, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ABC Family's Switched at Birth and in Marc Cherry's television pilot Hallelujah. Deutch starred as Rosemarie Hathaway in Vampire Academy, based on the first book of best-selling young adult six book series written by Richelle Mead; the film marked her first appearance as a lead. Brendan Bettinger of Collider wrote about her performance, "Zoey Deutch handles her sassy dialogue well with a charismatic screen presence in the lead role". Jordan Hoffman of the New York Daily News termed her performance in the film as breakout lead performance. In January 2014, it was announced that she would star as lead opposite Tyson Ritter in Randall Miller's Midnight Rider, a biopic of Gregg Allman. Deutch joined the teen coming-of-age comedy Good Kids, released on October 21, 2016, by Vertical Entertainment, she landed the lead role in Julie Plec's and Sue Kramer's rom-com Cover Girl and starred in the official music video of the song "Opium" by The New Division with Avan Jogia.
In 2016 Deutch played Beverly in Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!!, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival. Deutch was the only female lead in the film, paired with freshman ballplayer Jake Bradford played by Blake Jenner, she starred alongside Robert De Niro and Zac Efron in Dirty Grandpa, as love interest to Efron's character and in Why Him? Alongside James Franco, Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally, she played a Stanford student, daughter to Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally's characters, who falls in love with a billionaire, played by James Franco. Deutch's next role was in the crime drama Vincent-N-Roxxy, alongside Emory Cohen, Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Deutch starred as Samantha "Sam" Kingston in Before I Fall, an adaptation of Lauren Oliver's best-selling young adult novel of the same name starring Jennifer Beals and Kian Lawley. Andrea Mandell of USA Today described; the scripts of Good Kids, Dirty Grandpa and Before I Fall were on the 2011 Black List.
A second film featuring Deutch premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2017, Danny Strong's Rebel in the Rye. The biopic of author J. D. Salinger saw Deutch as Oona O'Neill opposite Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern. Deutch starred with a script written by Alex McAulay. Flower premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Aubrey Page of Collider described her performance as an "electric lead performance" and David Ehrlich of IndieWire thought the film "confirms that Zoey Deutch is a genuine star in the making". Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter concluded "Flower is redeemed only by Zoey Deutch's magnetic performance, which would be star-making if in the service of a better vehicle". Deutch appeared in her mother Lea Thompson's directorial debut The Year Of Spectacular Men as Sabrina, with Avan Jogia, her sister Madelyn, Cameron Monaghan and Nicholas Braun, she shares the production credit for the film. The film had its world premiere in June 2017 in Los Angeles Film Festival 2017 and was screened at various film festivals before theatrical release.
Scott Menzel of We Live Entertainment described her role as Sabrina in this film as "without question her finest performance to date". Along with these, in the same year, she was seen opposite Ed Sheeran in the official music video of his song "Perfect" from the album ÷. The