Blondie – Helping kill off the record store?
Another step made towards the closure of the record shop? Perhaps…
Blondie have confirmed that they are to release new album ‘Panic Of the Girls’ (EMI) as a fan-pack which will be available in your local newsagent a full week before the more traditional CD is released on the 4th July 2011, in addition the fan pack will include two additional tracks not on the CD – however Asda have already begun selling the fan-pack.
The fan pack has been compiled by Blondie and Future Publishing who report on their website;
The Fan Pack magazine is 100% Blondie-approved and contains major, all-new interviews with Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke and all the other members of Blondie, as they talk us through the making of the album and look back over a history that has seen them sell 40 million albums and break new ground in the worlds of pop and fashion.
The magazine is packed with a wealth of exclusive, never-before-seen pictures of Blondie ”â including rare treasures from Chris Stein’s own archive. A must for all Blondie fans!
The Fan Pack of Panic Of Girls comes with two bonus tracks ”â Horizontal Twist and Mirame.
Blondie’s first album since 2003’s The Curse Of Blondie features new single ‘Mother’ plus hits-in-waiting like What I’ve Heard, Girlie Girlie and China Shoes.
The legendary Debbie Harry describes the long-awaited album as “spanning a lot of styles and sentiments…a very strong album full of the spirit of Blondie. I have a good feeling about it.”Â
The Fan Pack magazine contains major all-new exclusive interviews with Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke plus additional band members Leigh Foxx, Matt Katz- Bohen and Tommy Kessler. They discuss the making of the new album and the very special history of this unique, timeless band. There will also be interviews with the album’s producers and sleeve-art designer.
Chris Stein provides never-before-seen archive photos from the band’s illustrious past which shed new light on their years of global pop-rock dominance. On top of this a host of the finest rock writers from various generations share memories and enthusiasm. Barney Hoskyns writes on Blondie’s rise to the top through the punk and disco years, while Harriet Gibsone explains why Debbie Harry is the most influential female icon in rock history. Their New York roots are examined. Every classic Blondie album, from Plastic Letters to Parallel Lines, from Eat To The Beat to Autoamerican, is discussed and re-evaluated in depth by today’s most respected critics, as are all the many books, videos and films involving Blondie.
As Debbie Harry tells editor Chris Roberts, “It’s such a beautiful concept, a great package, just gorgeous. I’m already envisioning autographing them…”Â
The fan pack will cost ÃÂ£14.99 and is also available via Future Publishing.
Will the fan pack make the charts redundant? Surely The Chart Company are not going to compile retail sales from every newsagent.
Will we miss HMV when its gone? Will this actually secure the future of the independent record reailer?