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Def, Dumb & Blonde is the third solo album by the American singer Deborah Harry. Released in October 1989 on Sire Records in the US and Chrysalis Records in the UK, the album saw Harry reverting from "Debbie" to "Deborah" as her professional name. Harry worked with a variety of producers on the album, including Mike Chapman who had previously produced the last four Blondie albums. "I wanted," she remarked, "to do certain things that were reminiscent of Blondie."[3]

Def, Dumb & Blonde
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 1989
Recorded1989
GenreNew wave, pop, pop rock
Length63:55 (CD)
LabelSire (US)
Chrysalis (UK)
ProducerMike Chapman, Chris Stein, Deborah Harry, Toni C., Tom Bailey, Arthur Baker, Eric Thorngren, Ben Grosse
Deborah Harry chronology
Once More into the Bleach
(1988)
Def, Dumb & Blonde
(1989)
The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

It was also revealed that the original title of the album was "Dream Season" but it was changed due to a similarly titled Pat Benatar album – presumably the previous year's Wide Awake in Dreamland.

Due to lack of record company promotion the album was not a commercial success in Harry's native United States peaking at #123 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart. However, the album peaked at #10 in Australia and #12 in the UK and has been certified "Silver" by the BPI.

In late 1989, Harry toured for the first time as a solo artist extensively in Europe and the United States to support the album.

Contents

SinglesEdit

Def, Dumb & Blonde contains the hit single "I Want That Man" which was written by Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie of the Thompson Twins. Bailey also co-produced the track and played keyboards on it. The single made the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart and was Harry's biggest solo chart success in Australia, where it reached #2. Other singles released from the album included "Kiss It Better", "Brite Side", "Sweet and Low" and "Maybe for Sure".

Track listingEdit

CDEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Want That Man"Tom Bailey, Alannah CurrieTom Bailey, Eric Thorngren3:43
2."Lovelight"Chris SteinMike Chapman3:56
3."Kiss It Better"Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Deborah HarryTom Bailey, Eric Thorngren4:19
4."Bike Boy §"Deborah Harry, Chris SteinMike Chapman2:47
5."Get Your Way"Deborah Harry, Chris SteinMike Chapman6:13
6."Maybe for Sure"Deborah Harry, Chris SteinMike Chapman4:30
7."I'll Never Fall In Love ‡"Walter Ward, Thomas BushMike Chapman3:19
8."Calmarie"Mario Tolédo, Naná Vasconcelos, Deborah HarryMike Chapman4:42
9."Sweet and Low"Toni C., Deborah HarryChris Stein, Toni C., Deborah Harry4:49
10."He Is So"Deborah Harry, Chris SteinMike Chapman5:10
11."Bugeye"Deborah Harry, Chris SteinMike Chapman4:06
12."Comic Books §"Miki Zone, Paul Zone, Armand ZoneMike Chapman2:34
13."Forced to Live ‡"Deborah Harry, Lee FoxxMike Chapman2:02
14."Brite Side"Deborah Harry, Chris SteinChris Stein, Deborah Harry4:34
15."End of the Run"Deborah Harry, Chris SteinMike Chapman7:04

§ = Bonus tracks on both Cassette & CD versions; ‡ = Bonus tracks on CD version only.

Vinyl albumEdit

All tracks written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, unless otherwise noted.

Side A
  1. "I Want That Man" (Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie) – 3:43
  2. "Lovelight" (Stein) – 3:56
  3. "Kiss It Better" (Bailey, Currie, Harry) – 4:19
  4. "Maybe for Sure" – 4:30
  5. "Calmarie" (Toledo, Vasconcelos) – 4:42
  6. "Get Your Way" – 6:13
Side B
  1. "Sweet and Low" (Toni C., Harry) – 4:49
  2. "He Is So" – 5:10
  3. "Brite Side" – 4:34
  4. "Bugeye" – 4:06
  5. "End of the Run" – 7:04

CassetteEdit

Side A
  1. "I Want That Man" (Bailey, Currie) – 3:43
  2. "Lovelight" (Stein) – 3:56
  3. "Kiss It Better" (Bailey, Currie, Harry) – 4:19
  4. "Bike Boy" – 2:47
  5. "Get Your Way" – 6:13
  6. "Maybe for Sure" – 4:30
  7. "Calmarie" (Toledo, Vasconcelos) – 4:42
Side B
  1. "Sweet and Low" (Toni C., Harry) – 4:49
  2. "He Is So" – 5:10
  3. "Bugeye" – 4:06
  4. "Comic Books" (Mick Zone, Paul Zone, Armand Zone) – 2:34
  5. "Brite Side" – 4:34
  6. "End of the Run" – 7:04

Cassette (Other Version)Edit

Side A
  1. "I Want That Man" (Bailey, Currie) – 3:43
  2. "Lovelight" (Stein) – 3:56
  3. "Kiss It Better" (Bailey, Currie, Harry) – 4:19
  4. "Comic Books" (Mick Zone, Paul Zone, Armand Zone) – 2:34
  5. "Maybe for Sure" – 4:30
  6. "Calmarie" (Toledo, Vasconcelos) – 4:42
Side B
  1. "Sweet and Low" (Toni C., Harry) – 4:49
  2. "He Is So" – 5:10
  3. "Bugeye" – 4:06
  4. "Brite Side" – 4:34
  5. "Get Your Way" – 6:13
  6. "Bike Boy" – 2:47
  7. "End of the Run" – 7:04

ReceptionEdit

"The crucial returns which left this set far above her two previous (and disappointing) solo LPs are those of Chris Stein and producer Mike Chapman," observed Hi-Fi News & Record Review, awarding the album an "A:1" rating. "[Stein] adds songwriting and instrumental punch to the songs, while Chapman's production sends the material flying from the speakers."[4]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Australian Albums Chart[5] 10 20
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 9 9
UK Albums Chart[7] 12 7

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Review: Def, Dumb & Blonde". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Review: Def, Dumb and Blonde (Sire, 1989)". Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone, precise date unknown, 1989
  4. ^ Hi-Fi News & Record Review, precise date unknown, 1989
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  7. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2012-02-13.