Dreaming (Blondie song)

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"Dreaming"
Single by Blondie
from the album Eat to the Beat
B-side "Sound-A-Sleep"
"Living in the Real World"
Released September 14, 1979
Format 7" single
Genre Power pop,[1] new wave
Length 3:08
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Chris Stein, Debbie Harry
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Certification Silver (UK)
Blondie singles chronology
"One Way or Another"
(1979)
"Dreaming"
(1979)
"Union City Blue"
(1979)
Music sample

"Dreaming" is a song by the American punk/new wave band Blondie. Released in 1979, it was the lead single from their fourth album Eat to the Beat.[2] It peaked at #2 in the British singles chart and at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single featuring Debbie Harry wearing a solid blue unitard and matching sheer blouse designed by Stephen Sprouse.[3]

Release history[edit]


UK 7" (CHS 2359, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Sound-A-Sleep" (Harry, Stein) — 4:18


US 7" (CHS 2379, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Living in the Real World" (Jimmy Destri) — 2:53


US 12" Promo (CHS14-PDJ, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions and appearances in other media[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins covered the song on their 1996 The Aeroplane Flies High box-set.[21] Bassist D'arcy Wretzky and singer Billy Corgan shared vocal duties on the track. The cover had a different beat, which was very slow and reminiscent of trip hop.

The Posies covered it during a live radio performance. Their version appears on the 2000 box set "At Least At Last".[22]

Yo La Tengo covered it on the 1992 various-artists album entitled Freedom Of Choice: Yesterday's New Wave Hits As Performed By Today's Stars.

Amy Speace performs a country cover of this song on her 2006 album Songs for Bright Street.

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco covered it on October 21, 1999.

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles recorded a version which appears on the deluxe edition of their 2009 album Under the Covers, Vol. 2.[23]

Was featured in the 2008 film Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Pop punk band The Backseat Virgins covered it on their album Carl.

Was also featured in the 1998 film SLC Punk!.

The Australian band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds covered it on their album Poor Virginia.

Blondie re-recorded the song for the 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever which included their 10th studio album Ghosts of Download and marked the 40th anniversary of the forming of the band.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (2002). Billboard 14 december 2002. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510.  "The near-capacity crowd (...) then went wild when they heard Burke 's unmistakable drum roll intro to "Dreaming," perhaps the band's definitive power-pop single."
  2. ^ Rae Cohen, Debra (November 30, 1983). "Eat to the Beat". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Cathy Che (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.96
  4. ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blondie – Dreaming – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Dreaming" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Dreaming - BLONDIE". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved July 28, 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 14
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 11, December 08 1979". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc (in French). InfoDisc.fr. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Blondie"
  10. ^ "Blondie – Dreaming". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved July 28, 2013.  4th result when searching "Dreaming"
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie - Dreaming search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blondie – Dreaming" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Blondie – Dreaming". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Blondie – Dreaming". VG-lista. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blondie – Dreaming". Singles Top 60. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  18. ^ "Eat to the Beat awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Canadian 1979 Top 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Blondie – Dreaming". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  Enter Dreaming in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Aeroplane Flies High review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ Jason Damas. "At Least, At Last review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Digital Release: Under the Covers Vol. 2 - Deluxe Edition". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

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