Picture This (song)

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"Picture This"
Single by Blondie
from the album Parallel Lines
B-side "Fade Away and Radiate"
Released August 26, 1978 [1]
Format Vinyl 7" single
Recorded 1978
Genre New wave
Length 2:59
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Writer(s) Chris Stein
Deborah Harry
Jimmy Destri
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"
Picture This
"I'm Gonna Love You Too"
Music sample

"Picture This" is a song by the American rock band Blondie. It was released in 1978 as the first single from their third album Parallel Lines. It reached number 12 in the UK, giving Blondie their third UK Top 20 hit. It also charted in various other countries but was not issued as a single in the US.


"Picture This" was written by Chris Stein, Debbie Harry and Jimmy Destri. Debbie Harry wrote the lyrics while Destri and Stein each wrote portions of the music. The B-side of the single, "Fade Away And Radiate", featured Robert Fripp on guitar and was also included on the Parallel Lines album. "Picture This" was included on the international version of the band's first 'greatest hits' compilation The Best of Blondie, released in October 1981.

Music critic Arion Berger of Rolling Stone called "Picture This" "the tenderest New Wave love song put to vinyl".[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single featuring a straight performance by the band and Debbie Harry wearing a yellow dress designed by Stephen Sprouse.[3]

Release history[edit]

UK 7" (CHS 2242, August 1978)

  1. "Picture This" (Chris Stein, Deborah Harry, Jimmy Destri) – 2:53
  2. "Fade Away And Radiate" (Chris Stein) – 3:57


Chart (1978) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 88
Irish Singles Chart[4] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 15
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 12


Year Singer/Group Album Comments
1997 Mealticket Lisa Marie [EP]
1995 Dead or Alive Nukleopatra
2005 Karma Police Cool Trash


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Berger, Arion (June 8, 2000). "Review: Parallel Lines". Rolling Stone (New York): 129. 
  3. ^ Che, Cathy (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.96
  4. ^ "Picture this in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 28 June 2013.  Only one result when searching "Picture this"
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blondie – Picture This". Singles Top 60.
  6. ^ "1978 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 23rd September 1978". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 

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