Blondie – The Hunter (1982) – Lp
Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s.
Title: The Hunter
Label: Chrysalis Records
The Hunter is the sixth studio album by the American band Blondie, released in May 1982. Blondie broke up after the release of this album. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin.
The Hunter is loosely a concept album based on the theme: searching, pursuing, and hunting. Tracks on the album include Jimmy Destri‘s Motown pastiche “Danceway”, while “Dragonfly” has a science-fiction theme to its lyrics about a race in space. “The Beast” deals with Deborah Harry’s experiences of becoming a public figure: “I am the centre of attraction, by staying off the streets”. “English Boys” is Harry and Chris Stein‘s melancholy tribute to “those English boys who had long hair”, The Beatles, recorded the year after John Lennon‘s assassination in New York City, describing the innocence and idealism of the 60’s, while “War Child” references military conflicts in Cambodia and the Middle East. The album concludes with a cover version of Smokey Robinson‘s “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game“, originally recorded by The Marvelettes in 1967.
The song “For Your Eyes Only” was originally written for the 1981 James Bond film of the same name. The producers of the film, however, favored a track composed by Bill Conti and Michael Leeson and asked Blondie to record that song instead. Blondie declined, the Conti/Leeson song was passed on to Sheena Easton. Blondie opted to release their song (written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein) on The Hunter.
Two singles were released from the album, “Island of Lost Souls” and “War Child” (the latter of which was also released as a 12″ extended version). “Danceway” was planned for release as a single in Canada (backed with “For Your Eyes Only”) but the single was withdrawn.
In the liner notes to the 2001 reissue of The Hunter, producer Mike Chapman stated “I knew that we were in a different and far less accessible artistic space. And that worried me. I could tell that things were different now, and I knew that this would be the last Blondie album.”
1. Orchid Club (5:44)
2. Island Of Lost Souls (4:44)
3. Dragonfly (5:58)
4. For Your Eyes Only (3:05)
5. The Beast (4:50)
1. War Child (4:00)
2. Little Caesar (2:57)
3. Danceway (3:16)
4. (Can I) Find The Right Words (To Say) (3:04)
5. English Boys (3:46)
6. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (3:32)