“Panic Of Girls” will be Blondie’s first album since 2003’s “The Curse Of Blondie” and features new single Mother plus hits-in-waiting like What I’ve Heard, Girlie Girlie and China Shoes.
The legendary Debbie Harry describes the long-awaited album as “spanning a lot of styles and sentiments...a very strong album full of the spirit of Blondie. I have a good feeling about it.”
The album was recorded between October–December 2009 in Woodstock, New York, and May 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey, being the second album in the band's history to be recorded outside of Manhattan, after 1980s Autoamerican which was recorded in Los Angeles. The band's drummer, Clem Burke, also said that about 35 songs were recorded during the sessions for the album, with only 14 that are going to make the album.
He has also said that all band members have contributed to the release, with vocalist Debbie Harry writing most of the lyrics. Original Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri planned to contribute to the writing and recording of this album, but was ultimately not a part of it.
Two tracks from the album, "What I Heard" and "Girlie Girlie", were included on a special release of the band's 1978 album Parallel Lines that came free with the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday on December 5, 2010. Another song, "Mother", was made available as a free download from the band's website.
On March 17th, 2011 the album's first single 'Mother' was played for the first time globally on BBC Radio 2. The single will be available for purchase on May 23rd, 2011.
The album was originally due for release in 2010, but difficulties with record companies delayed the release. In an interview in the British Telegraph newspaper on March 24, 2011, Debbie Harry revealed that the band will be releasing the album themselves (i.e. without a record company) as part of a special "fan pack" in conjunction with Future Publishing.
The pack includes the album along with a special 132-page magazine charting the making of the album, the band's history and includes many archive photographs. The fan pack will be available in the UK in over 3000 non-traditional music retail outlets including Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, WH Smith and Sainsburys and will be released on June 1st, 2011. The album itself will be released soon after.
|2.||"What I Heard"||Matt Katz-Bohen, Laurel Katz-Bohen||3:19|
|4.||"The End, the End"|
|5.||"Girlie Girlie"||Anthony Davis, Lloyd Daniels, Steve Golding||3:25|
|6.||"Love Doesn't Frighten Me"||Matt Katz-Bohen|
|7.||"Words in My Mouth"|
|8.||"Sunday Smile"||Zach Condon|
|9.||"Wipe Off My Sweat"|
|10.||"Le Bleu à l'âme"||Chris Stein, Gilles Riberolles|
|UK Fan Pack bonus tracks|
- Blast from The Past
- Classical Music
- Cover Stories
- Dumbarton FC
- Guilty Pleasures
- Interesting Fact
- Jazz Vocal
- Mash Up
- Mrs D
- Music From The 50's
- New Music
- New News
- New Releases
- New Year
- Old Music
- Old Music (rock)
- Peck Of The Week
- Rock and Roll
- The Dugs
- The Who