15 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Autoamerican remains among the most experimental albums in the Blondie catalog. The eclecticism paid off with two No. 1 hit singles: their cover of The Paragons’ reggae song “The Tide Is High” and the early rap–influenced “Rapture.” The album itself doesn't conform to any given style. “Europa” starts the album with a stringed instrumental that saves room for Deborah Harry to recite a car-centric poem near the song’s end. “Here’s Looking at You” throws a clarinet solo into a ‘20s jazz arrangement; “Faces” centers on piano and saxophone. “Follow Me” is an actual torch song from the 1960 Broadway musical Camelot. It’s suggested that “T-Birds,” which features harmonies from Flo & Eddie, would’ve been the third single from the album had the label not decided to refocus promotions on Harry’s solo album KooKoo. Modern editions of the album include the “long version” of “Call Me” (the massive hit produced and cowritten by Giorgio Moroder that appeared in the film American Gigolo), “Suzy and Jeffrey” (which had been the b-side to “The Tide Is High”), and a special 10-minute remix of “Rapture."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Autoamerican remains among the most experimental albums in the Blondie catalog. The eclecticism paid off with two No. 1 hit singles: their cover of The Paragons’ reggae song “The Tide Is High” and the early rap–influenced “Rapture.” The album itself doesn't conform to any given style. “Europa” starts the album with a stringed instrumental that saves room for Deborah Harry to recite a car-centric poem near the song’s end. “Here’s Looking at You” throws a clarinet solo into a ‘20s jazz arrangement; “Faces” centers on piano and saxophone. “Follow Me” is an actual torch song from the 1960 Broadway musical Camelot. It’s suggested that “T-Birds,” which features harmonies from Flo & Eddie, would’ve been the third single from the album had the label not decided to refocus promotions on Harry’s solo album KooKoo. Modern editions of the album include the “long version” of “Call Me” (the massive hit produced and cowritten by Giorgio Moroder that appeared in the film American Gigolo), “Suzy and Jeffrey” (which had been the b-side to “The Tide Is High”), and a special 10-minute remix of “Rapture."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

therreid ,

Superb, underrated album

After the success of Call Me, it was evident that Blondie were going in a different direction, experimenting with different sounds. That's just what this album is, many genres rolled into one dynamite package. This earned them two more number one hits, the reggae inspired The Tide Is High, and the trailblazing first ever rap song to hit number 1, Rapture. Other styles explored are disco (Live it Up), torch (here's to looking at you, faces), 50s pop/rock (T-birds), mariachi (Go Through It), and snake charmer (Do the Dark). A pretty diverse set of tunes here, something for everyone. Personally I like this album a lot better than Eat to the Beat, which is severely overrated imo.

Mako Shark 71 ,

Disco version

Skip the disco version of Rapture! Wish I had! Buy the original version!!!!!

CallKell ,

Musical Prodigy

The punk / new wave scene was forever altered thanks to the contributions of this amazing band. Their music is as genius and transformative as ever. If you have never seen them live, add the experience to your life’s soundtrack. **SUPERB***

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