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#QueerQuote: ”I Could Be a Housewife… I Guess I’ve Vacuumed a Couple of Times.” – Debbie Harry

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Harry circa 1978. Photograph by Chris Stein, via YouTube

 

Deborah Ann Harry is an American musician, actor, former Playboy Bunny, and fashion icon known best as the songwriter and lead singer in one of the best bands ever, Blondie. At the height of her punk power, Harry was lionised as she ironised. But, at all times she was in control, a woman whose image was no one’s business but her own. Her music is an exercise in glassy-eyed ennui.

Her recordings with the band reached Number One on the Pop and Rock charts in the USA and the UK many times beginning in 1978. She is considered the first rapper to chart at Number One in the USA with her song Rapture in 1980. Harry achieved success as a solo artist before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s. Her acting career includes over 60 film roles and numerous television appearances.

Blondie was a pioneer in the New Wave and Punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s. With their first two albums, Blondie was regarded as an underground band until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978 which became a huge hit. Over the next three years, the band had Number One hits with Heart Of Glass, Call Me, Hanging On The Telephone, and The Tide Is High. They became noted for their blend of musical styles using elements of Disco, Pop, Reggae, and early Rap.

Blondie disbanded after the release of its sixth studio album in 1982. Debbie Harry took time off to care for partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with Pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease. The band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a Number One single with Maria in 1999, exactly 20 years after their Number One single Heart Of Glass.

Harry has continued to tour with and without the band and has performed around the world. Blondie was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006. They have sold 50 million records worldwide and are still going. The band’s 11th studio album Pollinator was released last spring.

Harry confirmed rumors of her bisexuality in a 2014 interview in Rolling Stone, saying “women are more sensual” but that her most enduring relationships had been with men. She expressed a longing to fall in love again and emphasized that the gender of the person was unimportant.

At World Of Wonder, we were, as the lyric goes, wild about Harry.


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