newsflash: debbie harry and joan jett narrate the impending apocalypse

Is it doom or destiny? Watch the new Blondie video here to find out.

by Frankie Dunn
06 December 2017, 9:00am

This article was originally published by i-D UK.

When Blondie released their earlier this year, we saw the band call on very-hot-for-2k17 songwriters like Dev Hynes and Charli XCX to contribute. But fans were also treated to a more heritage gift in the form of " Doom Or Destiny." The lead single and album opener features longtime friends Debbie Harry and Joan Jett — two of the most iconic women in rock history uniting on one glorious protest song. “Is it doom or destiny?” the lyrics cry. We've scored a first look at the song's new visual.

Described by Debbie Harry as, “The most openly political video Blondie has ever done,” the cut-and-paste punk tribute was directed by friend of the band Rob Roth and inspired by the current state of the world. “In trying times we try harder,” adds Blondie co-founder Chris Stein, “politics have become the new pop culture phenomena." In the video, Debbie and Joan, former frontwoman ofThe Runaways, take over a television station to deliver a more real take on news.

In addition to endless feminist slogans and an appearance from a familiar-looking sock puppet President, a delightful weather report for the rest of December includes soaring temperatures coinciding with an asteroid impact on the 29th, seven plagues on the 30th, and thermonuclear war in time for NYE, before things spiral into total nuclear winter with lows of -27 before we steadily move into a state of post-history. Oh well. Nasty women unite!

Joan Jett
Debbie Harry