We want to put on a unified piece.’ And bands were awful to each other at that time.” Though Blondie grew out of the New York punk scene in the mid-1970s, they had an unashamedly pop slant, with their genre-bending music taking in elements of everything that was popular in clubs at the time, from rap to reggae to disco. We were always trying for that play on words, for the double entendre.” Harry has always identified herself as a feminist, and there is a quiet strength in the way she presents herself, a sense that here is a woman very much in control.Before she was famous, she was on her way home from a club one rainy night in New York.The artist created an acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas portrait of the star, depicting her with pink hair and cherry red lips.
Colouring a sample of her tresses black, the legend styled her trademark peroxide blonde tresses in a poker straight fashion.
Chrissie Hynde was there; Siouxsie Sioux; the Slits guitarist Viv Albertine; Pauline Black from The Selecter; and Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex. Two years earlier Kate Bush, who was invited to tea but didn’t make it, had become the first female solo performer to reach number one in the British charts with her own song (Wuthering Heights). ” In part, the large number of women making music now is down to the influence of those pioneers.
Chris Stein, Harry’s boyfriend at the time as well as the other half of Blondie’s creative core, published pictures of it in his recent book Negative, a collection of his photographs from the early years of their fame. There was a widespread assumption that there was room for just one main female performer in each genre. Poly Styrene died in 2011, but remarkably the others are all still creating: both Hynde and Albertine have made fine solo albums in the past three years; Sioux never really went away; Black still plays with her band, and last summer Bush returned to the live arena for the first time since she was 20 with a triumphant run of London shows, which sold out in minutes.
But at the Summer Time Hyde Park Festival yesterday her blonde locks were topped with the black and yellow headgear – which also seemed to contain a pair of speakers.
The title of her latest album reflects her involvement in a campaign to highlight the plight of bees and the vital role they play in the environment.
“It was two or three in the morning and I couldn’t find a cab.