Debbie Harry: Pop stars need to take risks

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 April 2014

This article is from 2014.

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry

Blondie singer Debbie Harry thinks musicians need to continually take risks and evolve as artists throughout their career

Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry thinks pop stars need to "step out of their comfort zones".

The 'Heart of Glass' hitmaker and her bandmates - Chris Stein, Clem Burke and Tommy Kessler - release their new album 'Ghosts of Download' next month and she feels it's important to continue to re-invent yourself as an artist and has accused many musicians of being too safe.

Debbie told Gay Times magazine: "I'm excited because I love the new stuff. It's always a chance to breathe fresh air. It's good for artists to step out of their comfort zone."

Although the 68-year-old singer likes to see artists take risks, she also doesn't mind when people cover her music.

Asked if she knew of Atomic Kitten, who released a cover of her 1967 track 'The Tide Is High', she replied: "Of course [I know who they are] I thought it [the cover] was ... OK. It's funny how that song keeps coming around, it's very interesting how that happens.

"There's something about it. We've been working on a surprise with that song [for the new album]. There's a guest artist on it."

Meanwhile, Blondie have announced they will perform at this year's Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset in June.


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