I heard an interview where they discussed the origins of various songs, and they mentioned “The Tide Is High” was meant to be a Calypso tune like the original, but they just could not nail the style and didn’t feel very good about the recording. When it became a hit the record company was asking for more songs like “The Tide Is High,” which was really awkward because the style of the song had been a screw-up.
#I HATE HEARINGTHE TIDE IS HIGH ON THE RADIO OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN AS THOUGH THERE ARE NO BETTER BLONDIE SONGS
Tangentially related – I once spent quite a bit of mental energy trying to discern what Polyphonic Spree’s “Running Away” reminded me of. One night it hit me – Blondie’s “Dreaming”.
Well maybe now you can enjoy it from a more ironic perspective and get hipster points for knowing that story, although I had to wait several years before I could work that bit of trivia into a conversation.
Then there was the duet they never did with Jim Morrison…
What’s your number? I’m in the phonebooth (it’s the one across the hall).
At least it’s better than Rapture.
Atomic is where it’s at, though.
Hush your mouth.
It’s the Blondie Anfield Rap.
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