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by municipalmutt » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:05 pm
by Larvell Blanks » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:03 pm
by jb » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:59 pm
Spin wrote:Are you talking "first rapper" or "first mainstream rap"? I have it she was the first to bring rap to the mainstream, something I have never forgiven them for...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blondie_(band)In November 1980, Blondie's fifth studio album, Autoamerican (Australia, #8, UK #3, US #7) was released and contained two more #1 US hits: the reggae-styled "The Tide Is High", a cover version of a 1967 song by The Paragons, and the rap-flavored "Rapture", which was one of the earliest songs containing elements of rap vocals to reach number one in the U.S., sweeping the world by storm. "Rapture" would be the band's only single to achieve a higher chart position on the U.S. charts than in the UK, where it peaked at #5. Autoamerican was a departure from previous Blondie records, featuring less New Wave and rock in favor of stylistic experiments, including acoustic jazz: "Faces", and from an early Broadway show, "Camelot", came "Follow Me". As the title somewhat suggested, a recurring general theme of the album was the car as a subject; obvious for example in the song "T-Birds", referring to the Ford Thunderbird, and Debbie's spoken intro after the first instrumental track, "Europa". Autoamerican was, however, not generally well-received by critics.
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