Panic of Girls

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Panic of Girls
Studio album by Blondie
Released May 30, 2011
Recorded October–December 2009 and May 2010 in Woodstock, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey
Genre Alternative rock, new wave, post-punk revival
Length 42:33
Label Five Seven, EMI
Producer Jeff Saltzman
(except "Mother" and "The End the End" produced by Kato Khandwala)
Blondie chronology
The Curse of Blondie
(2003)
Panic of Girls
(2011)
Blondie 4(0) Ever
(2014)
Alternative cover
Collector's Pack cover
Singles from Panic of Girls
  1. "Mother"
    Released: May 23, 2011
  2. "What I Heard"
    Released: August 5, 2011[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 57/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blurt 8/10 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 4/10[5]
The Independent positive[6]
NME 6/10[7]
Paste 8.0/10[8]
PopMatters 6/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes 1.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut 2/5 stars[2]

Panic of Girls is the ninth studio album by the American new wave band Blondie. The album was first released digitally on May 30, 2011,[12] followed by physical releases in various formats later.

Background[edit]

Panic of Girls was recorded between October–December 2009 in Woodstock, New York, and May 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey, being the second album in the band's history to be recorded outside of Manhattan, after 1980's Autoamerican, which was recorded in Los Angeles. This is the first Blondie album which doesn't feature original keyboardist Jimmy Destri. According to Clem Burke, the band's drummer, Destri had planned to contribute to the writing and recording of the album, but was ultimately not a part of it.[13] Paul Carbonara, who was with Blondie since 1998, departed the band partway through the recording sessions, and was replaced by Tommy Kessler. Both of them, along with Leigh Foxx and Matt Katz-Bohen, are credited as full band members on the released album.

Clem Burke also said that about 35 songs were recorded during the sessions for the album, with only 14 that were planned to make the album.[13] All band members have contributed to the release, with vocalist Debbie Harry writing most of the lyrics.[13]

The album name came from the lyrics of a track recorded for the album: "End of the World", which ultimately did not appear on its final track list though was included as a bonus track on the European deluxe edition. The album was initially to be titled Panic Of Truth.[citation needed] The album contains one song in French ("Le Bleu") and two in Spanish ("Wipe Off My Sweat" and "Mirame", though the later appears only on Collectors Pack version of the album).

Promotion and Release[edit]

Two tracks from the album, "What I Heard" and "Girlie Girlie", were included on a special release of the band's 1978 album Parallel Lines that came free with the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday on December 5, 2010. Another song, "Mother", was made available as a free download from the band's website.[14] A second, final version of the song would later be announced as the lead single, available for purchase on May 23, 2011.

The album was originally due for release in 2010, but difficulties with record companies delayed the release. In an interview with the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph on March 24, 2011, Debbie Harry revealed that the band would be releasing the album themselves (i.e., without a record company) in the United Kingdom as part of a special "Collector's Pack" in conjunction with Future Publishing. The pack includes the album, a special 132-page magazine charting the making of the album and the band's history, as well as many archive photographs, four postcards, six badges and a poster. It was made available in the UK from 1 June 2011 in over 3000 non-traditional music retail outlets including Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, WH Smith and Sainsburys. The album, by itself, was released on July 4, 2011[15] and was released in the United States on September 13, 2011 exclusively through Amazon.com.[16][17]

The tour in support kicked off in summer and featured European and North American legs.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "D-Day"   Deborah Harry / Barbara Jean Morrison / Charles W. Nieland 3:37
2. "What I Heard"   Matt Katz-Bohen / Laurel Katz-Bohen 3:15
3. "Mother"   Harry / Kato Khandwala / Ben Phillips 3:09
4. "The End the End"   Harry / Khandwala / Phillips 3:41
5. "Girlie Girlie" (Sophia George cover) Anthony Davis / Lloyd Douglas / Steve Golding 3:25
6. "Love Doesn't Frighten Me"   M. Katz-Bohen / L. Katz-Bohen 3:18
7. "Words in My Mouth"   Harry / Morrison / Nieland 4:19
8. "Sunday Smile" (Beirut cover) Zach Condon 4:48
9. "Wipe Off My Sweat"   Harry / Chris Stein / M. Katz-Bohen 4:13
10. "Le Bleu"   Stein / Gilles Riberolles 4:28
11. "China Shoes"   Harry / Stein 4:21

Personnel[edit]

Blondie
Additional personnel
  • Elliot Easton - guitar on "Love Doesn't Frighten Me"
  • Zach Condon - trumpet on "Sunday Smile", "Wipe Off My Sweat" and "Le Bleu"
  • Lauren Katz-Bohen - backing vocals on "Love Doesn't Frighten Me"
  • Professor Louie - accordion on "Le Bleu"
  • Jeff Saltzman - production (Tracks 1-2, 5-13)
  • Kato Khandwala - production, enginering, programming, guitar and keyboards (Tracks 3-4)
  • Super Buddha - additional production on "D-Day"
  • Matt Katz-Bohen - additional production on "What I Heard"
  • Chris Berens - cover art, art direction
  • Marco Martin - engineer (Tracks 1-2, 5-13)
  • Gabriel Espinosa - engineer (Tracks 1-2, 5-13)
  • Mark Needham - mixing
  • Will Brierre - assistant mix engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgian Heatseekers Albums Chart (Flanders)[19] 4
Belgian Heatseekers Albums Chart (Wallonia)[20] 4
Dutch Albums Chart[21] 62
UK Albums Chart[22] 73
UK Indie Albums Chart[23] 12

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Edition Catalogue
United Kingdom May 30, 2011[24] Five Seven[25] Digital download Standard
June 1, 2011 Future Publishing CD Collector's Pack CRP05/06/11
July 4, 2011 Five Seven, EMI CD, LP Standard NBL891, NBL892
Europe July 15, 2011[26] Five Seven CD, digital download NBL891
2CD Deluxe NBL894
United States September 13, 2011 CD, digital download Standard NBL890
Japan October 5, 2011 Universal Music Japan CD Japanese UICE-1195

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What I Heard - Single by Blondie - Single on iTunes". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b Critic reviews from Metacritic
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Judge, Stephen (September 19, 2011). "Blondie - Panic of Girls". Blurt Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-10-10. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  6. ^ The Independent review
  7. ^ NME review
  8. ^ Paste review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  12. ^ "Panic of Girls officially released in the U.K.!". Blondie.net. 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  13. ^ a b c "Blondie To Release New Album In 2011". Ultimate-guitar.com. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  14. ^ "Mail On Sunday to release three tracks from ‘Panic Of Girls’". deborah-harry.com. November 28, 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  15. ^ Alexander, Hilary (March 24, 2011). "The Telegraph - Interview with Debbie Harry (24 Mar 2011)". London: Fashion.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  16. ^ ""Panic of Girls" officially released in the U.S.". blondie.net. September 13, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  17. ^ "Blondie, "Panic of Girls" Released Exclusively on Amazon". rockmymonkey.com. September 15, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  18. ^ "Blondie Announce Release Date for New ‘Panic of Girls’ Album". ultimateclassicrock.com. September 1, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  19. ^ "Blondie – Panic Of Girls" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Blondie – Panic Of Girls" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Blondie – Panic Of Girls" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100". Official Charts Company. July 16, 2011. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  23. ^ "2011 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. July 16, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Panic of Girls". Play.com. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Five Seven Artists". fivesevenmusic.com. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Panic of Girls". Amazon.de. Retrieved July 16, 2011.