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"Strike Me Pink" is a 1993 song by the American singer Debbie Harry, released as the second single from her fourth solo album Debravation. It was written by Harry, Anne Dudley and Jonathan Bernstein, and produced by Dudley.

"Strike Me Pink"
Single by Deborah Harry
from the album Debravation
LabelChrysalis Records (UK)
Songwriter(s)Deborah Harry, Anne Dudley, Jonathan Bernstein
Producer(s)Anne Dudley
Deborah Harry singles chronology
"I Can See Clearly"
"Strike Me Pink"
"I Want That Man (Remix)"
Audio sample
Strike Me Pink


Song informationEdit

"Strike Me Pink" peaked at #46 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1993,[1] and #136 on the Australian ARIA singles chart.[2]

The accompanying promo video for the single was controversial because it depicted Harry watching a man drown in a tank. The video was banned from several music television channels.[3]

The single also marked Harry's final release with Chrysalis Records and the end of her long tenure with the company (she had originally signed with Chrysalis in the mid 1970s as part of Blondie). This would also be Harry's last solo single for fourteen years until she released "Two Times Blue" in 2007.

Critical receptionEdit

Upon release, The Advocate selected "Strike Me Pink" as "the best cut by far" on Debravation, adding that it evokes Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time". Entertainment Weekly picked the song as one the album's "gems",[4] while the Chicago Tribune highlighted it as an example of one of the album's "light and airy" tracks.[5] Kris Needs of Record Collector felt "Strike Me Pink" was "haunting", with Dudley "lending her cinematic sheen" to the song.[6]

In the 1997 book The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock, author Ira A. Robbins described the song as "mushy elegance".[7] In their 2012 book Blondie: Parallel Lives, authors Dick Porter and Kris Needs described the song as an "emotive keyboard and sax-infused ballad".[3] JT Griffith of AllMusic criticized the song for being "bland" and "not a strong track from [Harry's] weak solo effort".[8]

Track listingEdit

UK CD #1

  1. "Strike Me Pink" (Bernstein, Dudley, Harry) - 4:02
  2. "On A Breath" (Leigh Foxx) - 4:31
    • Non-album track. Produced by Chris Stein.
  3. "Sweet and Low" (Phil Harding 7" Mix) (Deborah Harry, Toni. C) - 3:46

UK CD #2

  1. "Strike Me Pink" (Bernstein, Dudley, Harry) - 4:02
  2. "8​12 Rhumba" (Nino Rota) - 2:46
    • Non-album track. Arranged and produced by Chris Stein.
  3. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) - 3:22

UK Cassette

  1. "Strike Me Pink" (Bernstein, Dudley, Harry) - 4:02
  2. "8​12 Rhumba" (Nino Rota) - 2:46

UK 12" Picture Disc

  1. "Strike Me Pink" (Bernstein, Dudley, Harry) - 4:02
  2. "8​12 Rhumba" (Nino Rota) - 2:46
  3. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) - 3:22
  4. "Sweet and Low" (Phil Harding 7" Mix) (Deborah Harry, Toni. C) - 3:46

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 136
UK Singles Chart[1] 46


  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Deborah Harry". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  2. ^ a b "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-06-05". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  3. ^ a b "Blondie: Parallel Lives - Dick Porter, Kris Needs - Google Books". 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ Deborah Frost (1993-08-27). "Debravation". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ Brenda Herrmann (1993-12-02). "Deborah Harry Debravation (Sire) (STAR)(STAR)(STAR... - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  6. ^ "Rockbird/Debravation - Record Collector Magazine". 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ "The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock: The All-new Fifth Edition of The ... - Google Books". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  8. ^ Blondie. "Strike Me Pink [UK #1] - Debbie Harry | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-05.