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No Exit is the seventh studio album by American rock band Blondie. It was released on February 15, 1999, by Beyond Records. It was the band's first album in 17 years and features the UK number-one single "Maria". As of March 2006, the album had sold two million copies worldwide.[6]

No Exit
Blondie - No Exit.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 23, 1999 (1999-02-23)
Recorded1998
StudioRed Night Recording, Electric Lady and Chung King House of Metal (New York City)
Genre
Length59:05
LabelBeyond
ProducerCraig Leon
Blondie chronology
The Hunter
(1982)
No Exit
(1999)
The Curse of Blondie
(2003)
Singles from No Exit
  1. "Maria"
    Released: February 1, 1999
  2. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl"
    Released: June 1, 1999
  3. "No Exit"
    Released: October 22, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[5]

Contents

OverviewEdit

As was customary for a Blondie album, No Exit dabbled in many genres, including pop, reggae, country, and hip hop. Mike Chapman, who had produced all but the first two of Blondie's previous albums, produced some of the early demos for the album, though final production of the album fell to Craig Leon.

A cover of The Shangri-Las' 1965 song "Out in the Streets" was also included on the album. It was originally recorded by the band in 1975 while they were trying to get a record deal. The demo version was first issued on EMI's 1994 anthology The Platinum Collection and was later included on the 2001 remastered version of the band's eponymous debut studio album.

A comeback promotional tour was launched preceding the release of the album, which spanned 13 months and visited Europe, North America and Oceania.

Release and receptionEdit

No Exit reached number three on the UK Albums Chart, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. It was preceded by the single "Maria", which became Blondie's sixth UK number one, exactly 20 years after the band's first number one, "Heart of Glass", making them the first American band to have chart-topping UK singles in three different decades: 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.[7] A second single, "Nothing Is Real but the Girl", peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. The title track, "No Exit", was released as a limited-edition third single in Europe, and is a fusion of classical, hip hop and rock, and featured raps by Mobb Deep, Coolio, U-God, and Inspectah Deck.

The album was released in several editions in different countries with various bonus tracks, mainly live versions of songs recorded during the band's No Exit Tour. The album was also reissued in 2001 along with all of Blondie's other studio albums, this time including three bonus tracks.[8]

Chris Stein commented on the title of the album in a 2004 interview: "The title was taken from a Sartre play, which says there's no madness in individuals, it's all in groups. I think that's probably what all these reality TV shows are about. Maybe we were a reality TV show before there was reality TV."

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Screaming Skin"
5:37
2."Forgive and Forget (Pull Down the Night)"SteinStein4:31
3."Maria"Jimmy DestriDestri4:51
4."No Exit"
  • Destri
  • Stein
4:19
5."Double Take" (featuring Candy Dulfer)HarryStein4:12
6."Nothing Is Real but the Girl"DestriDestri3:13
7."Boom Boom in the Zoom Zoom Room"
  • Harry
  • Ashby
4:08
8."Night Wind Sent"
  • Harry
  • Ashby
  • Foxx
  • Stein
4:40
9."Under the Gun" (for Jeffrey Lee Pierce)SteinStein4:09
10."Out in the Streets"
  • Greenwich
  • Barry
3:03
11."Happy Dog" (for Caggy)
  • Harry
  • Ashby
Stein3:24
12."The Dream's Lost on Me"Ashby
  • Stein
  • Harry
3:19
13."Divine"
  • Burke
  • Valentine
  • Burke
  • Valentine
4:14
14."Dig Up the Conjo"Destri
  • Stein
  • Harry
  • Destri
4:55

Notes

  • On the 2001 reissue, tracks 15 to 17 are sequenced as one track with a total duration of 17:51.

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of No Exit.[9]

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] N/A 417,000[30]
Summaries
Worldwide N/A 2,000,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  27. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 1999" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  28. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 1999". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
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