Blondie have released their official video for their first single, Fun, taken from the forthcoming album Pollinator, the band’s eleventh studio album to be released later this year.
Blondie light up 2017 with the release of their eleventh studio album, Pollinator, on BMG on 5 May, an incredible new record and a modern take on the classic, vintage sound of one of the world’s most influential and legendary bands.
They also unveiled the first single from the album, Fun, universally embraced as an uplifting disco classic. Now the video for Fun is launched with the band going intergalactic, escaping the confines of an unsteady Earth for the party planet of Mars – where everyone is welcomed, accepted and celebrated. And Blondie are the house band.
Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, the New York based photographer and director who most recently worked on Beyonce’s Lemonade and her Formation World Tour, the film is as literal escape from the current tension and division gripping the USA and beyond. It uses imagery inspired by Blondie songwriter and guitarist Chris Stein’s remarkable photography that spans their experience of New York’s music and club culture from the 1970s onwards. Many of the extras are current New York club scene regulars and friends of Blondie guitarist Matt Katz-Bohen, including Project Runway favourite and make up artist Raja.
As Chris Stein puts it: “Quoting Emma Goldman, ‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution’. In these trying times we need some fun. We’re very serious about fun.”
Blondie have already announced April dates in Australia and New Zealand, which will soon be followed by the announcement of dates in the USA and Canada in the summer, then UK and Europe dates in the autumn. Full details to follow soon.
Blondie are undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, and are pioneering front woman and songwriter Debbie Harry; guitarist and conceptual mastermind Chris Stein; powerhouse drummer Clem Burke; and long standing bandmates bassist Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboard player Matt Katz-Bohen.