Eat to the Beat

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Eat to the Beat
Studio album by Blondie
Released October 1979
Recorded May–June 1979
at The Power Station, Electric Lady Studio and Media Sound, New York, NY
Genre New wave
Length 43:01
Label Chrysalis
Producer Mike Chapman
Blondie chronology
Parallel Lines
(1978)
Eat to the Beat
(1979)
Autoamerican
(1980)
Singles from Eat to the Beat
  1. "Dreaming"
    Released: September 1979
  2. "Union City Blue"
    Released: November 1979 (UK & Europe)
  3. "The Hardest Part"
    Released: January 1980 (US & Canada)
  4. "Atomic"
    Released: February 1980 (UK)
    April 1980 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
Smash Hits (favorable)[4]

Eat to the Beat is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Blondie. It was certified Platinum in the United States, where it spent a year on the Billboard album chart. Although it peaked at No.17, it was one of Billboard '​s top 10 albums of 1980.[5] It also hit No.1 on the United Kingdom album chart in October 1979[6] and was certified Platinum by the BPI.

History[edit]

The album includes a diverse range of styles as pop, punk, reggae, and funk as well as a lullaby. Three singles were released in the UK from this album ("Dreaming", "Union City Blue" and "Atomic"). "The Hardest Part" was released as the second single from the album in the US instead of "Union City Blue". According to the liner notes of the 1994 compilation The Platinum Collection, the song "Slow Motion" was originally planned to be the fourth single release from the album, and Mike Chapman even made a remix of the track, but following the unexpected success of "Call Me", the theme song to movie American Gigolo, these plans were shelved and the single mix of Slow Motion remains unreleased. An alternate mix of the track entitled The Stripped Down Motown Mix did however turn up on one of the many remix singles issued by Chrysalis/EMI in the mid 1990s.

Blondie's first video album was produced in conjunction with this record, featuring a promotional video for each of the album's 12 songs. It was the first such project in rock music.[7] Most of the songs were filmed in and around New York, the exception was the "Union City Blue" music video, which was filmed at Union Dry Dock, Weehawken, New Jersey. Each video was directed by David Mallet and produced by Paul Flattery. The video was initially available as a promotional VHS in 1979 and subsequently released on videocassette and videodisk in October 1980.[8]

Eat to the Beat was digitally remastered and reissued by EMI in 1994, and EMI-Capitol in 2001, with four bonus tracks. The 2001 remaster was again reissued in 2007 (June 26 in the U.S.; July 2 in the U.K.) without the four bonus tracks. Included instead was a DVD of the long-since deleted Eat to the Beat video album, marking the first time it had been made available on the DVD format.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dreaming"   Debbie Harry, Chris Stein 3:08
2. "The Hardest Part"   Harry, Stein 3:43
3. "Union City Blue"   Harry, Nigel Harrison 3:22
4. "Shayla"   Stein 3:58
5. "Eat to the Beat"   Harry, Harrison 2:40
6. "Accidents Never Happen"   Jimmy Destri 4:15
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Die Young Stay Pretty"   Harry, Stein 3:34
8. "Slow Motion"   Laura Davis, Destri 3:29
9. "Atomic"   Harry, Destri 4:40
10. "Sound-A-Sleep"   Harry, Stein 4:18
11. "Victor"   Harry, Frank Infante 3:19
12. "Living in the Real World"   Destri 2:54
One of the singles released from the album, and a #1 hit in the United Kingdom.

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Video album[edit]

  1. "Eat to the Beat"
  2. "The Hardest Part"
  3. "Union City Blue"
  4. "Slow Motion"
  5. "Shayla"
  6. "Die Young, Stay Pretty"
  7. "Accidents Never Happen"
  8. "Atomic"
  9. "Living in the Real World"
  10. "Sound-A-Sleep"
  11. "Victor"
  12. "Dreaming"

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Mike Chapman – background vocals on "Die Young, Stay Pretty" and "Victor"
  • Donna Destri – background vocals on "Living in the Real World"
  • Robert Fripp – guitar on "Atomic"
  • Ellie Greenwich – background vocals on "Dreaming" and "Atomic"
  • Lorna Luft – background vocals on "Accidents Never Happen" and "Slow Motion"
  • Randy Singer (Hennes) – harmonica on "Eat to the Beat"
Production

Chart positions[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
The Pleasure Principle by Gary Numan
UK Albums Chart number one album
13 October 1979
Succeeded by
Reggatta de Blanc by The Police

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[20] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Hepworth, David. "Albums". Smash Hits (October 4–17, 1979): 29. 
  5. ^ "Talent in Action Year End Charts" Billboard December 20, 1980: TIA-12
  6. ^ UK Official Charts Company
  7. ^ Once More (Into The Bleach): Blondie Returns For Its Fifteenth Round
  8. ^ McCullaugh, Jim. "SelectaVision Catalog Adds 'Eat To Beat'" Billboard October 11, 1980: 10
  9. ^ "Blondie – Eat to the Beat". austriancharts.at (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "100 Albums". RPM (Library and Archives Canada) 32 (13). 22 December 1979. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
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  12. ^ "German Charts > Blondie > Eat to the Beat" (in German). charts.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
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  14. ^ "Blondie – Eat to the Beat". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Blondie – Eat to the Beat". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Blondie – UK Chart Positions". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Eat to the Beat – Blondie : Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Canadian 1979 Top 100 Albums". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Canadian 1980 Top 100 Albums". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Gold and Platinum Search". musiccanada.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "BPI – Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-09-21.  Note: User needs to enter "Blondie" in the "Keywords" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Search" button. Select "More >>" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  22. ^ "Searchable Database". riaa.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012.