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"I always said you could make it/I know what I said and I meant it/I always liked the way you played guitar/I always knew that someday you'd go far/And if you do, will anything happen? Will it come true, will anything happen?"
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Parallel Lines is the third studio album by the band Blondie, released in 1978. Their second album that year (after Plastic Letters), it was produced by Mike Chapman, a pro songwriter who had co-written The Sweet's hit "Ballroom Blitz".

Driven by the single "Heart of Glass", Parallel Lines reached #1 and #6 on the UK and US charts, respectively, becoming a Genre Popularizer for New Wave Music. It's ranked at #140 on the Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Personnel:

  • Clem Burke - Drums
  • Jimmy Destri - Keyboards
  • Nigel Harrison - Bass
  • Debbie Harry - Vocals
  • Frank Infante - Guitar
  • Chris Stein - Guitar

Tracklist:

Side One
  1. "Hanging on the Telephone" - 2:17
  2. "One Way or Another" - 3:31
  3. "Picture This" - 2:53
  4. "Fade Away and Radiate" - 3:57
  5. "Pretty Baby" - 3:16
  6. "I Know But I Don't Know" - 3:53
Side Two
  1. "11:59" - 3:19
  2. "Will Anything Happen?" - 2:55
  3. "Sunday Girl" - 3:01
  4. "Heart of Glass" - 3:54
  5. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" - 2:03
  6. "Just Go Away" - 3:21

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Once I had a trope and it was a gas:

  • Break-Up Song: "Just Go Away":
    O Don't ya know
    Don't wanna see you any more
    Put up or shut up
    You spell, you read.
  • Cover Version: "Hanging on the Telephone" was a cover of a song by power pop band The Nerves. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" was a Buddy Holly cover.
  • Face on the Cover: The six band members standing in front of a striped scrim.
  • Female Gaze: "Picture This":
    All I want is a room with a view
    A sight worth seeing, a vision of you
    All I want is a room with view, oh-oh
    I will give you my finest hour
    The one I spent watching you showernote 
    I will give you my finest hour, oh yeah.
  • Gratuitous French: "Pretty Baby" has "Pretty baby, un petine ingenue".
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: "I Know But I Don't Know", which is made up of statements like that.
  • Love Hurts: "Heart of Glass":
    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.
  • Love Is a Drug: The "Riding high on loves true bluish light" in "Heart of Glass" implies this.
  • One-Woman Song: "Sunday Girl"
  • Questioning Title?: "Will Anything Happen?"
  • Record Producer: Mike Chapman.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: All the male members of the band are in black suits with black ties on the front cover
  • Shout-Out: One verse of "Just Go Away" starts "Don't be cruel."
  • Special Guest: King Crimson's Robert Fripp plays on "Fade Away and Radiate".
  • Stalking Is Love: Hoo boy! "One Way or Another":
    One day maybe next week, I'm gonna meet ya'
    I'm gonna meet ya', I'll meet ya'
    I will drive past your house and if the lights are all down
    I'll see who's around.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: The time just before midnight is treated with particular drama in "11:59".
    We can run
    Today can last another million years
    Today could be the end of me
    It's 11:59, and I want to stay alive
  • Woman in White: Debbie Harry on the front cover.


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