Island of Lost Souls (song)

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"Island of Lost Souls"
Single by Blondie
from the album The Hunter
B-side "Dragonfly"
Released April 1982
Format 7" single
Recorded Fall, 1981
Genre Calypso, pop
Length 3:49 (UK), 4:44 (US)
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Deborah Harry and Chris Stein
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"Rapture"
1981
"Island Of Lost Souls"
1982
"War Child"
1982
Debbie Harry singles chronology
"Chrome"
(1981)
"Island Of Lost Souls"
(1982)
"Rush Rush"
(1983)

"Island Of Lost Souls" is a song recorded by Blondie and released as a lead single from their sixth studio album, The Hunter, in April 1982. The single peaked at #37 in the Billboard Hot 100, #13 in Australia and #11 in the United Kingdom,[1] becoming their last sizeable hit until "Maria" seventeen years later.

Song information[edit]

Due to their ability to span different genres of music, including rock, disco, reggae and rap/hip-hop (all of which had given the band no. 1 hits), Blondie delved into calypso music for "Island of Lost Souls". The song was recorded in Fall, 1981, and promotional copies of the single were sent to U.S. radio stations on 31 October 1981.

Music Video[edit]

The music video was filmed in the Isles of Scilly in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

US 7" (CHS 2603, April 1982)
UK 7" (CHS 2608 & 7" Picture Disc CHSP 2608, April 1982)

  1. "Island of Lost Souls" (7" edit) (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) - 3:49 About this sound Listen 
  2. "Dragonfly" (Harry, Stein) - 5:47

UK 12" (12 CHS 2608, April 1982)

  1. "Island of Lost Souls" (Album version) (Harry, Stein) - 4:44
  2. "Dragonfly" (Harry, Stein) - 5:47

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 8
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[3] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 66
Irish Singles Chart[5] 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 18
UK Singles Chart[8] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everyhit.co.uk UK Top 40 database Accessed: November 29, 2006
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Island of Lost Souls" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 36, No. 25, July 31, 1982". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Blondie – Island of Lost Souls". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  5. ^ "Island of Lost Souls in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 24 January 2014.  Only one result when searching "Island of Lost Souls"
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Blondie – Island of Lost Souls". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Blondie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blondie awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 May 2013.