As well as Debbie Harry (vocals), Jimmy Destri (keyboards), Chris Stein (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums), Frank Infante (guitar) and Nigel Harrison (bass) played on the track although they weren’t officially members of the band at the time.
The single was issued in both 7” and 12” formats and they shared the same b-sides - Contact in Red Square (Destri) from Plastic Letters and Kung-Fu Girls (Destri/Harry/Gary Valentine) from Blondie (their debut album). Plastic Letters was Gottehrer's second and final album with the band and recorded under their original label - Private Stock Records - but picked up by Chrysalis Records for release. Chrysalis' main office was in England and they understood the international potential for the band, promoting the album and singles extensively throughout Europe and Asia, the plan being to develop overseas markets before the US one. It was a ploy that ended up working very well.
|Blondie at the time (from left) - Jimmy Destri, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke|
The video, though it’s a performance piece and you do occasionally see the other members of the band, focuses heavily on Debbie Harry and she looks fantastic - perfect make-up, that hair, the look, a tuxedo and a swimsuit. My crush had begun…
Happy 40th, Denis!
UK chart positions
Jukebox Time Machine
Liner notes from Plastic Letters: EMI 2001 re-issue