The Hardest Part (Blondie song)

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"The Hardest Part"
Single by Blondie
from the album Eat to the Beat
Released January 1980
Format Vinyl 7" single
Genre Power pop, new wave, disco, rock
Length 3:42
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Chris Stein
Debbie Harry
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"Union City Blue"
(1979)
"The Hardest Part"
(1980)
"Call Me"
(1980)
Music sample

"The Hardest Part" is a song released as a second single from Blondie's fourth album Eat to the Beat in the United States and Canada, instead of "Union City Blue" which was issued in Europe. It was written by the group's principal songwriting partnership, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein. The single had minor success, reaching #84 and #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and RPM 100 Singles respectively. It is generally considered that the relatively poor chart placement can be blamed on the overwhelming radio response to "Call Me"; with the glossier pop track being released just a month after the punk-pop "The Hardest Part". Clearly, the commercial appeal of "Call Me" and the success of the American Gigolo film strongly overshadowed this releases chance for chart success.

Overview[edit]

The song describes an armoured car robbery. The title refers to the "hardest part" of the plan - progressing past several armed guards.

Music video[edit]

As with all songs on the album, a music video was produced to promote the single. It features Debbie Harry wearing a dress designed by Anya Phillips,[1] who also designed the pink dress featured on the cover of the band's 1978 album "Plastic Letters". The video was directed by David Mallett.

Track listing[edit]

US 7" (CHS 2408, February 1980)

  1. "The Hardest Part" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) - 3:42
  2. "Sound-A-Sleep" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) – 4:18

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Position
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[2] 86
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Che, Cathy (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.77
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 24, March 08 1980". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Eat to the Beat awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 28, 2013.