Editors’ Notes Blondie’s second album, Plastic Letters, is sandwiched between their self-titled retro-pop debut and their worldwide commercial breakthrough third album, Parallel Lines. It’s often overlooked as the middle child of the band’s opening trilogy. The hits were a remake of the 1963 Randy & The Rainbows hit “Denise” (performed as “Denis” to make it more gender-appropriate for singer Deborah Harry) and the excellent new wave–signifying “(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear,” written by bassist Gary Valentine (who left the group for a solo career before the recording of the album). Tracks such as “Fan Mail,” “Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45),” and d present a tough, tight pop-rock band. Modern versions of Plastic Letters include key bonus tracks like the early version of the eventual smash “Heart of Glass,” known here as “Once I Had a Love (The Disco Song),” the b-side “Poet’s Problem,” an outtake from the debut album (“Scenery”), and a live version of “Detroit 442.” 

SONG
Fan Mail
1
2:38
 
Denis
2
2:19
 
Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45)
3
2:48
 
Youth Nabbed As Sniper
4
3:03
 
Contact In Red Square
5
2:02
 
(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
6
2:43
 
I'm On E
7
2:18
 
I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No
8
2:52
 
Love at the Pier
9
2:28
 
No Imagination
10
2:55
 
Kidnapper
11
2:37
 
Detroit 442
12
2:29
 
Cautious Lip
13
4:32
 
Once I Had a Love (A.K.A. The Disco Song)
14
3:58
 
Scenery
15
3:10
 
Poets Problem
16
2:20
 
Detroit 442 (Live)
17
2:33
 

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