hear blondie’s new collaboration with dev hynes, long time

With further collaborations by Sia, Nick Valensi from The Strokes and Charli XCX still to come, all signs point to an eleventh album comeback of epic proportion.

by Matthew Whitehouse
22 March 2017, 9:42pm

Picture this! You're a solo artist and songwriting gun-for-hire who's worked with the likes of Solange, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, and Carly Rae Jepsen, and you're approached by post-punk icons Blondie to write a song for their upcoming eleventh album, Pollinator. What do you do? Well, you write song that sounds exactly like Blondie, of course. Penned by both Debbie Harry and the ever-reliable Dev Hynes, new single Long Time plays out like a franchise reboot of the band's disco enthused Parallel Lines-era. The guitar is reassuringly Chris Stein. The drums reassuringly Clem Burke. The bass -- well the bass is played by Leigh Foxx. But it sure as hell sounds like Gary Valentine. It is, readers, more Blondie than Blondie. Like that Jimmy Fallon impression of Bob Dylan, but in a good way. Take a listen below.

Read: With a friendship spanning several decades, one of post-punk's favourite designers Pam Hogg and Blondie's Debbie Harry sat down for a candid conversation.


Text Matthew Whitehouse
Photography Getty Images / Michael Ochs