Nothing Is Real but the Girl

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"Nothing Is Real but the Girl"
Single by Blondie
from the album No Exit
Released 12 June 1999
Format CD single, Cassette, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:28
Label Beyond Records
Writer(s) Jimmy Destri
Producer(s) Craig Leon
Blondie singles chronology
"Maria"
(1999)
"Nothing Is Real but the Girl"
(1999)
"No Exit"
(1999)
Music sample
Alternative cover

"Nothing Is Real but the Girl" is a song from Blondie's 1999 comeback album No Exit. Written by the band's keyboardist Jimmy Destri, the song was released as a second single in the UK on June 12, 1999 in various formats.[1] A promotional video for the song was also produced.

Overview[edit]

Due to the incredible success of the album's first single, the #1 "Maria", expectations for the song were high. The single, however, performed poorly in the charts, peaking at #26 in the UK and #89 in Germany. In the UK, the band did not release any further singles from the album.

Destri wrote the song with his daughter in mind; however, when the song was re-recorded for the single release, the narrative was changed from the third person to the first, shifting the focus of the song onto vocalist Debbie Harry. For example, "Only her eyes feel solid" became "Only my eyes feel solid". New lyrics were also written for the bridge.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jimmy Destri unless otherwise noted

UK CD 1

  1. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Boilerhouse Mix) - 3:29
  2. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Danny Tenaglia Club Mix) - 9:47
  3. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Danny Tenaglia Instradub) - 5:33

UK CD 2

  1. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Radio Remix With Alternate Intro) - 3:27
  2. "Rip Her to Shreds" (Live) (Debbie Harry, Chris Stein) - 3:32
    • Track 2 recorded in Glasgow, November 1998.
  3. "Maria (Live) - 5:10

UK Cassette

  1. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Boilerhouse Lounge Mix) - 3:26
  2. "Rip Her to Shreds" (Live) (Harry, Stein) - 3:32
    • Track 2 recorded in Glasgow, November 1998.

US CD (promo only)

  1. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Radio Remix) - 3:13
  2. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Radio Remix With Alternate Intro) - 3:27

EU 12" (promo only)

  1. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Danny Tenaglia Heart Of Trance Mix) - 13:41
  2. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Danny Tenaglia Club Mix) - 9:47
  3. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Danny Tenaglia Instradub) - 5:33

Spain CD (promo only)

  1. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" (Radio Remix) - 3:13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nothing Is Real but the Girl single". rip-it-to-shreds.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10.