Wanna Know How to Rock? Blondie Showed SXSW How It's Done
[Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Smithsonian]
The crowd at Austin, Texas's Brazos Hall was in absolute "Rapture" Thursday night, when one of the most legendary names in rock took to the stage at South By Southwest. It was hard to believe that Blondie were celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band, but the moment everyone heard legendary frontwoman Debbie Harry's iconic purr, it was like the audience was sent back to the heart of the 1970s New York punk scene.
In a sharp platinum bob and lip-print leggings, Debbie was still a rock goddess, emanating as much effortless sass in one hour as most lead singers today can only dream about in a lifetime. There wasn't a single music fan who visited Austin this year (or even in the last 40 years), nor a single spectator at Yahoo's Brazos Hall on Thursday, who could deny the immense influence Blondie has had on the rock genre.
Yahoo and the Smithsonian Channel livestreamed Blondie's SXSW performance, but luckily for those who missed it, here's the setlist...in Vines!
1. One Way or Another
3. Hanging on the Telephone
4. A Rose by Any Name
5. Mile High