Debbie Harry Part Three
Debbie Harry Part Three
I did promise you and now it’s here, Debbie Harry Part Three, I hope it’s worth the wait.
In November 1993, Harry toured the UK with Stein, guitarist Peter Min, bassist Greta Brinkman, and drummer James Murphy. The set list of the Debravation Tour featured an offbeat selection of Harry material including the previously unreleased track Close Your Eyes (from 1989) and Ordinary Bummer (from the Stein-produced Iggy Pop album Zombie Birdhouse, a track that, under the moniker Adolph‘s Dog, Blondie covered in 1997). Tentative plans to record these shows and release them as a live double CD never came to fruition. However, a cover of the Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses“ exists as a bootleg. In early 1994, Harry took the Debravation tour to the US. In the UK, Harry‘s long tenure with Chrysalis Records also came to an end after Debravation‘s lackluster sales, but the label released all of Blondie‘s albums and Harry‘s KooKoo album (for the first time on CD) as remastered editions with bonus tracks.
Once Blondie reconvened in the late 1990s, it was several years before Harry resumed her solo career. In 2006, Harry started work in New York City on her fifth solo album, Necessary Evil (released in 2007). Working with production duo Super Buddha (who produced the remix of Blondie‘s “In the Flesh“ for the 2005 Sound and Vision compilation), the first music to surface in was a hip-hop track titled“Dirty and Deep“ in which she spoke out against rapper Lil‘ Kim‘s incarceration.
Throughout 2006, a number of new tracks surfaced on Harry‘s Myspace page, including “Charm Alarm“, “Deep End“, “Love with a Vengeance“, “School for Scandal“, and “Necessary Evil“, as well as duets she recorded with Miss Guy(of Toilet Böys fame), “God Save New York“ and “New York Groove“. A streaming version of the lead single, “Two Times Blue“, was added to Harry‘s Myspace page in May 2007. On June 6, 2007, an iTunes downloadable version was released via her official website.
Harry performing in June 2007
Harry also joined Cyndi Lauper‘s True Colors World Tour for the Human Rights Campaign in 2007.
Harry‘s fifth solo album, Necessary Evil, was released in 2007 on Eleven Seven Music after she completed both a solo tour of the US in June 2007, and a European tour with Blondie in July 2007. The first single, Two Times Blue, peaked at # 5 onthe US Dance Club Play chart. The album peaked at # 86 in the UK and # 37 in the US Billboard Top Independent Albums chart. Harry performed Two Times Blue onvarious talk shows to promote the album. She also started a 22-date US tour onNovember 8, lasting until December 9, playing small venues and clubs across the country. On January 18, 2008, an official music video for If I Had You was released.
In March 2015, Harry held a residency of several weeks at the Café Carlyle in NewYork.
Marky Ramone of the Ramones and Harry attend a screening of Burning Down theHouse, a 2009 documentary about CBGB‘s heyday.
While recording her fourth album in 1992, Harry collaborated with German post-punkband Die Haut on the track “Don’t Cross My Mind“ and released the song “Prelude toa Kiss“ on the soundtrack to the film of the same name. She also released a coverof “Summertime Blues“ from the soundtrack to the film That Night in Australia.
In the mid 1990s, Harry teamed up with New York avant-garde jazz ensemble the Jazz Passengers. Between 1994 and 1998 she was a permanent member of the troupe, touring North America and Europe. She was a featured vocalist on their 1994 album In Love, singing the track “Dog in Sand“. The follow-up album, 1997‘s Individually Twisted, is credited as the Jazz Passengers featuring Deborah Harry, and Harry sings vocals throughout, teaming up with guest Elvis Costello for a cover of“Don‘cha Go ‘Way Mad“. The album also features a rerecorded version of the song“The Tide Is High“. A live album titled Live in Spain, again featuring Harry on vocals, was released in 1998.
Harry collaborated on a number of other projects with other artists. She is featured as vocalist on Talking Heads side project the Heads‘ 1996 release No Talking, Just Head, performing the title track and “Punk Lolita“. She also sings on a cover of the Beatles‘ “Strawberry Fields Forever“ and on the song “Estrellade Mar“ by Argentine band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs from their 1995 album Rey Azúcar. In 1997 she collaborated with Jazz Passengers‘ Bill Ware in his side project Groove Thing, singing lead vocals on the club hit “Command and Obey“. Another Jazz Passengers collaboration, “The City in the Sea“, appeared on the Edgar Allan Poe tribute album Closed on Account of Rabies (1997 ). Harry alsoreunited with Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri for a cover of Otis Blackwell‘s“Don’t Be Cruel“ for the 1995 album Brace Yourself! A Tribute to Otis Blackwell. During this period, she also recorded a duet with Robert Jacks titled “Der Einziger Weg (The Only Way) – Theme from Texas Chainsaw Massacre“, which was recorded in German and in English, although these did not surface until 1999.
Harry appears on the 2001 Bill Ware album Vibes 4 singing the track “Me and You“as well as on former Police guitarist Andy Summers‘s album Peggy‘s Blue Skylighton the track “Weird Nightmare“. A techno cover of Stan Jones‘ “Ghost Riders in the Sky“ was featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film Three Businessmen, and was available on her website to download. Harry sings on two tracks on Andrea Griminelli‘s Cinema Italiano project: “You‘ll Come to Me“ (inspired by Amarcord‘s main theme) and “When Love Comes By“ (from Il Postino), as well as on a tribute album reinterpreting the music of Harold Arlen, on which she sings the title track“Stormy Weather“. In May 2002, she accompanied the Jazz Passengers and the BBC Concert Orchestra in a performance of her jazz material at the Barbican Centre inLondon. In 2003, she was featured vocalist on the song “Uncontrollable Love“ by DJduo Blow-Up. She also sang on the version of“ “Waltzing Matilda“ recorded by Dan Zanes and Friends, released on the 2003 album House Party.
Harry also contributed to Fall Out Boy‘s 2008 album Folie à Deux, singing on thechorus of the album‘s closer “West Coast Smoker“.
In 2010, Harry began a series of duets with Nick Cave for The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project.
In 2014, Harry made a guest appearance with Arcade Fire at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
In 2015, Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein made a guest appearance alongside The Gregory Brothers in an episode of Songify the News, and they collaborated again to parody the United States presidential election debates,2016.
She appears on Future Islands 2017 LP “The Far Field“ on the song “Shadows“.
In 2017, Debbie Harry and Blondie recorded an “Amazon Prime Event: Blondie Live atRound Chapel“.