One Way or Another" is a song by American New Wave band Blondie from the album . The song was released as the fourth Parallel Lines single in the US and Canada as the follow-up to the #1 hit " Heart of Glass". "One Way or Another" reached #24 on the and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 . RPM 100 Singles
Song information [ edit ]
Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison for the band's third studio album, (1978), the song was inspired by one of Harry's ex-boyfriends who Parallel Lines stalked her after their break up. [1 ]
The song was included on the US and Canadian versions of the band's first hits compilation,
(1981), as it was released as a single there, but not on the international releases. Although never officially released as a single in the The Best of Blondie United Kingdom, the song charted there in February 2013 due to success of One Direction's cover/ mashup " One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)".
Blondie released a manipulated live version of the song (with the audience noise removed) as the theme for the 1999 US television series
. This version was released in the US as a bonus track on the Snoops Live live album. The original un-edited live version was later included on the European edition of [2 ] Live, which was re-titled Livid, instead of the manipulated one. [3 ]
ranked the song #298 on its list of Rolling Stone The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [4 ]
Use in popular culture [ edit ]
"One Way or Another" is featured in the films
(1980), Little Darlings (1987), My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1996), Carpool (1997), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Donnie Brasco (2000), Coyote Ugly (2004), Mean Girls (2008), Three and Out (2010), The Spy Next Door (2011), Monte Carlo (2011) and Puss in Boots (2012). It also plays over the end credits of the film So Undercover (2004). It is heard in the opening moments of Seed of Chucky episode "Incident at Crystal Lake", and the Mexican The A-Team flash animated comedy film during a car chase. It plays in the El Agente 00-P2 episode " Supernatural My Heart Will Go On" (season 6, episode 17), over the "Sam and Dean can die at any second" montage. Debbie Harry performed the song as the opening act of her episode of in 1981. It was also in an episode of The Muppet Show . Psych
This song was also featured in film trailers such as
(2002), Undertaking Betty (2006) and The Pink Panther (2010). Furry Vengeance
The song is a playable track in the video games
, Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour . It is also featured in Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades . Driver: Parallel Lines It featured in several 2004 [5 ] Swiffer commercials [ and appeared in ] citation needed episode " The Simpsons Bart-Mangled Banner". [ Actress ] citation needed Kristen Bell sang a karaoke version in one episode of the TV series . Veronica Mars Actress [6 ] Jorja Fox sang the song during one episode of the first season of the TV series . CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [ In ] citation needed (1998), Angelica sings the song with different lyrics (written by Eryk Casemiro); the soundtrack album includes a longer version of the song heard in the movie. The Rugrats Movie [ It was featured in the third season of ] citation needed in an episode entitled " Glee Mash Off" where the character Santana Lopez sang the song as part of a mash up with " Hit Me with Your Best Shot". [ It was featured in the second season of ] citation needed , in the sixth episode entitled "Fearlessness". The contestants had to sing the same mashup as Lopez in The Glee Project Glee. [ The song is the title track for ] citation needed Channel 4's 2005–2006 drama . Sugar Rush [ ] citation needed
Cover versions [ edit ]
Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song in 1983 for the episode "The Incredible Shrinking Dave" from their TV series.
Skate punk band Face to Face covered it as a B-side on their 7" "No Authority" in 1991.
The song was covered in 1998 by the actress
Melissa Joan Hart for an episode of her TV series, . It was released later that year on the show's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch soundtrack album.
American hip hop group
The Black Eyed Peas interpolated this song on their 1999 single " Karma", from their debut album . Behind the Front
Sophie Ellis-Bextor recorded a cover version for the soundtrack of the 2002 film . The Guru [7 ]
Mandy Moore recorded a cover for the 2006 film . Aquamarine [8 ]
British boy band One Direction covered "One Way or Another" as a mashup with " Teenage Kicks" called " One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" and released it as a single in support of Comic Relief in February 2013. [9 ]
G-Dep interpolated this song on the track "One Way" on his album, . Child of the Ghetto
The Pretenders also made a cover of "One Way or Another".
Polish rap rock band
Terra Bite made a cover which they performed on the sixth edition of the Polish talent show Must Be the Music. [10 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
US 7" (CHS 2336)
"One Way or Another" (
Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry) – 3:31 "Just Go Away" (Harry) – 3:21
US 12" promo (CHS 10 PDJ)
"One Way or Another" (Harrison, Harry) – 3:31
Chart peaks [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Che, Cathy (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.83
^ Blondie - Live (CD, Album) at Discogs
^ Blondie - Livid (CD, Album) at Discogs
^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com . Retrieved October 21, 2008.
^ Driver Parallel Lines Goes 1970s - IGN
^ The Most Memorable TV Musical Moments Ever - The Telefile Blog - TV Shows & TV News - TV Reviews | TWoP
^ Phares, Heather. "Guru (Universal) > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
^ Aquamarine (2006) - Soundtracks
^ One Direction to record Red Nose Day 2013 single
^ "One way or another in Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart". Library and Archives Canada . Retrieved June 26, 2013.
^ "One way or another in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada . Retrieved June 26, 2013.
^ "Parallel Lines awards on Allmusic". Allmusic . Retrieved June 26, 2013.
^ "Canadian 1979 Top 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada . Retrieved 24 January 2014.
External links [ edit ]