Blondes Have More Fun
Blondes Have More Fun is Rod Stewart's ninth album, released in November 1978. As was the popular musical trend at the time, it is Stewart's foray into disco music. The album was commercially successful, reaching number 3 in the UK and number 1 in the US, but was critically divisive. The lead single "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" became one of Stewart's biggest hits, peaking at No.1 in both the UK and US.
|Blondes Have More Fun|
|Studio album by|
|Released||17 November 1978|
|Label||Riva, Warner Bros.|
|Rod Stewart chronology|
|Singles from Blondes Have More Fun|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
After carving a highly successful career throughout the 1970s as a rock singer, Stewart elected to follow the disco trend that was at its peak in 1978 for some tracks of this album. The first single was "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" which became a number one hit in the UK, US, Australia and a number of other countries. Many critics panned the direction of song towards disco, but it nevertheless became one of his biggest hits. Stewart has since defended the song commenting that Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones had also dabbled with disco music by this time. The second single was "Ain't Love a Bitch", which became a No.11 hit in the UK and No.22 in the US. The third and final single "Blondes (Have More Fun)" peaked at 63 in the UK, his lowest-charting single there at this time, but performed better in Ireland at No.23.
The album itself peaked at No.3 in the UK, being certified platinum by Christmas and was a No.1 hit in the US, where it went double platinum. It also charted within the top ten in a host of other countries.
ROD STEWART BAND:
- Rod Stewart - vocals
- Gary Grainger, Billy Peek – guitar
- Jim Cregan – guitar, backing vocals
- Phil Chen – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Carmine Appice – drums, backing vocals
- Fred Tackett - acoustic guitars
- Nicky Hopkins – piano
- Duane Hitchings – keyboards, synthesizer
- Roger Bethelmy – drums
- Paulinho Da Costa, Tommy Vig – percussion
- Gary Herbig – flute
- Phil Kenzie, Tom Scott – tenor saxophone
- Steve Madaio – trumpet
- Mike Finnigan – background vocals
- Max Carl Gronenthal – background vocals
- Linda Lewis – vocals
- Catherine Allison – piano, background vocals
- Del Newman – string arrangements
- Tom Dowd – producer, mixing
- Andy Johns – engineer, mixing
- George Tutko, David Gerts – assistant engineers
- Mixed at Smoke Tree and Cherokee Studios.
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||100,000^|
|France (SNEP)||2× Gold||200,000*|
|Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)||Platinum||20,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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