Here's Blondie's Video for "Long Time" - Their Collaboration with Blood Orange

The iconic band head back to the NY city streets that made them.
April 19, 2017, 12:00pm

Let's just get this straight: there's never been a cooler band than Blondie. They're the perfect collision of pop and grit, dangerous and cute, melancholic and joyful, all wrapped up in a super slick, stylish package—the DNA of which can be traced and tracked in countless bands that came after them, from their inception right up to now. They came out of New York's punk scene, embraced new wave, disco-ed down, and dropped one of the first ever rap songs. Blondie rule. Debbie Harry is the bomb. Don't argue.

Almost as if to underline their hallowed position in the annals of pop history, for their forthcoming eleventh record, Pollinator, out on May 5th, they've corralled a multi-generation spanning list of top-notch contributors: Sia, Charli XCX, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, The Strokes' Nick Valensi, and Johnny Marr (The Smiths) all make appearances. Additionally, the LP was produced John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sigur Ros), and Shepard Fairey's done the artwork. Phewf. Oh and Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, co-wrote lead single "Long Time"—the video for which is premiering below. Sonically it's sprinkled with the sparkle of "Heart of Glass" in the intro bars, not to mention a dash of The Strokes in the pre-chorus, and of course, because this is Blondie, the hook is gloriously anthemic.

"We've been playing the song in the show and its getting an enthusiastic response," notes guitarist and founding member Chris Stein (the band have just completed an Australian tour, adding cryptically, with reference to the film Taxi Driver, "And also 'one day a real rain will come...'"

Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch (who recently directed for Adele, not to mention shooting half of Beyoncé's Lemonade), the video sees Blondie head back to the city streets that made them—there's Debbie driving a cab, there's Clem smacking his sticks on concrete walls, and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen synthing it up in one of those warehouse freight elevators. As you do. Watch below and then, in preparation for their return, listen to their first four albums at top volume. Thank you for Blondie, thank you.

Blondie's Rage And Rapture Co-Headline Tour With Garbage

July 5 - The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA*

July 7 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA*

July 8 - The Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas NV*

July 9 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA***

July 12 - Edgefield, Troutdale, OR*

July 14 - Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Nampa, ID*

July 16 - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, CO*

July 18 - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO*

July 19 - Harrah's Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino, Council Bluffs, IA*

July 21 - Mystic Lake Casino—Mystic Showroom, Prior Lake, MN*

July 22 - Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL*

July 25 - Artpark, Lewiston, NY**

July 26 - Sony Centre For Performing Arts, Toronto, ON**

July 28 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ**

July 29 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY**

July 30 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA**

August 1 - Beacon Theatre, New York, NY**

August 2 - Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA**

August 3 – Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA**

August 5 - The Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC**

August 6 – Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA**

August 8 - Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, Hollywood, FL**

August 9 - Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL**

August 11 – ACL Live, Austin, TX **

August 12 - Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX**

MORE DATES TO BE ADDED SOON

* w/ John Doe & Exene Cervenka

** w/ Deap Vally

*** w/ Sky Ferreira