12" Black Vinyl
By 1979 Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and co. had realised their true potential. Forsaking pure rock for more diverse palette, Blondie's plan of attack now involved willfully grabbing at any passing style (as long as it could be termed 'pop') and making it their own. In this 'Eat To The Beat' emulated and expanded on the platinum-selling 'Parallel Lines' formula. 'Eat To The Beat' still bears the traces of the art punk roots that had given birth to them back in their CBGB's days in New York (on the title track, the manic 'Accidents Never Happen' and 'Living In The Real World'); but at times the album reads like a veritable history of chart styles: Here was their first proper foray into reggae with 'Die Young Stay Pretty', the Duane Eddy-at-the-disco grandeur of 'Atomic', the skittering, Spectorish pure pop of 'Dreaming' and 'Union City Blue' and the Motown stomp of 'Slow Motion'. 'Sound-A-Sleep' goes even further back into the kind of 50s dream pop that might feature in a David Lynch film.