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Blondie teams up with, covers Beirut on new album

on May 18, 2011, 4:42pm

Blondie will return with their ninth studio album, and first in eight years, this September. Titled Panic of Girls, the follow-up to 2003’s The Curse of Blondie was recorded recorded in Woodstock, New York and was produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Fischerspooner) and Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Papa Roach). It also features a guest spot from Beirut mastermind Zach Condon, whose song “Sunday Smile” is also covered by Blondie on the LP.

According to an issued press release, the record “glances backward but resolutely moves forward, remaining keenly observant of street-level pop culture and continuing to find inspiration in the roiling musical melting pot of New York City.” To go along with that, Blondie’s Debbie Harry sings in three different languages — English, Spanish, and French. Also, in addition to their cover of “Sunday Smile,” Blondie tackles the 1985 reggae hit “Girlie Girlie”.

A release date and tracklist are still forthcoming, but a video for the album’s lead single, “Mother”, is posted below. The track is said to be a tribute to New York City’s fabled West 14th Street nightclub of the same name.

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