http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Glass_(song)

Heart of Glass” is a song by American new wave band Blondie, written by singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. Featured on the band’s third studio album,Parallel Lines (1978), it was released as the album’s third single in January 1979 and topped the charts in several countries, including the United States and theUnited Kingdom.

In December 2004 Rolling Stone ranked the song number 255 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It was ranked at number 259 when the list was updated in April 2010.[3]

In the UK it was voted number 19 on The Nation’s Favourite No 1 Single program, broadcast in July 2012 on the British television channel ITV.[citation needed]

Controversy

Almost immediately after its release, “Heart of Glass” became the subject of controversy because of its disco sound. At the time, Blondie was one of the bands at the forefront of New York’s growing new wave music scene and were accused of “selling out” for releasing a disco song. According to Debbie Harry, “Heart of Glass” made the band pariahs in the eyes of many of their fellow musicians in the New York music scene. The band was accused of pandering to the mainstream that many punk/new wave bands at the time were actively rebelling against.[11] She also said, “People got nervous and angry about us bringing different influences into rock. Although we’d covered ‘Lady Marmalade‘ and ‘I Feel Love’ at gigs, lots of people were mad at us for ‘going disco’ with ‘Heart of Glass’… Clem Burke, our drummer, refused to play the song live at first. When it became a hit, he said: ‘I guess I’ll have to.'” Chris Stein was equally unrepentant about the song’s disco sound, saying, “As far as I was concerned, disco was part of R&B, which I’d always liked.”[5]

There was also the issue of the use of the expression “pain in the ass” within the lyrics which, at the time, did not sit easily with the BBC in the UK. The radio edit changed it to “heart of glass.” Debbie Harry toldThe Guardian, “At first, the song kept saying: ‘Once I had a love, it was a gas. Soon turned out, it was a pain in the ass.’ We couldn’t keep saying that, so we came up with: ‘Soon turned out, had a heart of glass.’ We kept one ‘pain in the ass’ in – and the BBC bleeped it out for radio.”[5]

Despite the controversy, the song was a huge hit and helped propel Blondie from cult group to mainstream icons. The band itself has acknowledged the success of the song in helping their careers and has downplayed criticism of the song, pointing out that Blondie always experimented with different styles of music and that “Heart of Glass” was their take on disco. The band itself has jokingly taken to referring to the song as “The Disco Song” in interviews.

Lyric

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Once I had a love and it was divine
Soon found out I was losing my mind
It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

In between
What I find is pleasing and I’m feeling fine
Love is so confusing there’s no peace of mind
If I fear I’m losing you it’s just no good
You teasing like you do

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Lost inside
Adorable illusion and I cannot hide
I’m the one you’re using, please don’t push me aside
We coulda made it cruising, yeah

Yeah, riding high on love’s true bluish light

In between
What I find is pleasing and I’m feeling fine
Love is so confusing there’s no peace of mind
If I fear I’m losing you it’s just no good
You teasing like you do

Written by Chris Stein, Deborah Harry • Copyright © Chrysalis Music Group Inc

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