Today's New York Times profiles the talented and lovely Debbie Harry, best known as the vocalist for New Wave pioneers Blondie. For three decades, Harry, now 62, has released records that showcase her continuing evolution as an artist and, as collaborator Chris Stein refers to it, embody "her downtown sensibility." Her latest album, Necessary Evil, was released last week. From the New York Times:
…Legions of downtown girls imitate her Blondie-era style, from the shaggy dyed hair and red lips to the vampy shredded dresses. "Those bitches!" she joked. But she follows her progeny, counting M.I.A., Lily Allen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs among her current favorites.
"She just never stopped being cool," said another descendant, Johanna Fateman of the post-riot-grrrl band Le Tigre.
Ms. Harry demurred. "It's hard for me to think that Blondie was so completely original," she said. "I don't really think that I'm an icon. I think an icon is a statue, something that's frozen, you know. I don't feel like that."
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