Union City Blue

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"Union City Blue"
Single by Blondie
from the album Eat to the Beat
B-side Living In The Real World
Released November 1979
Format Vinyl 7" single
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 3:23
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Writer(s) Deborah Harry; Nigel Harrison
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Certification Silver (UK)
Blondie singles chronology
"Dreaming"
(1979)
"Union City Blue"
(1979)
"The Hardest Part"
(1980)
Music sample

"Union City Blue" is a song by the US rock band Blondie. It was written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison, and was featured on their fourth studio album Eat to the Beat from 1979. The tune was inspired by the movie Union City, which Debbie Harry appeared in — she wrote it one evening during a break in the shooting.[1]

Single information[edit]

The song was released as the second single from the album in the United Kingdom, where it reached #13 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1979; it was never released as a single in the US.

The track was re-released on CD and vinyl in 1995 as a maxi-single in both the UK and US, featuring various remixes of the song by Diddy, Burger Queen, OPM and Jammin' Hot. A previously heavily bootlegged live version from 1979 of Donna Summer's disco hit "I Feel Love" was included as a b-side. Charting a second time after its original 1979 release, the single peaked at no.31 in the UK. The remixed version of "Union City Blue" was also included on the compilations Beautiful - The Remix Album (UK) and Remixed Remade Remodeled - The Remix Project (US).

The song is featured in the 1981 horror film The Hand, as well as the 2007 dark comedy, Margot at the Wedding.[2]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" (Chrysalis CHS 2400)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Nigel Harrison, Deborah Harry) – 3:18
  2. "Living in the Real World" (Jimmy Destri) – 2:53
UK 1995 Remix CD1 (7243 8 82466 2 0)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Edit) - 3:38
  2. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Mix) - 8:34
  3. "Union City Blue" (Vinny Vero's Turquoise Mix) - 8:23
  4. "Union City Blue" (Jammin Hot's I Can't Believe It's Not Diddy Mix) - 7:37
  5. "Union City Blue" (Burger Queen Peroxide Power Mix) - 7:40
UK 1995 Remix CD2 (7243 8 82467 2 9)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Edit) - 3:45
  2. "I Feel Love" (Live) - 7:53
  3. "Union City Blue" (The OPM Poppy Mix) - 8:48
  4. "Union City Blue" (Original Version) - 3:18
US 1995 Remix CD (7243 8 58474 2 4)
  1. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Remix Edit) - 3:38 *
  2. "Union City Blue" (Original Single Version) - 3:18
  3. "Union City Blue" (Vinny Vero's Turquoise Mix) - 8:23
  4. "Union City Blue" (Burger Queen Peroxide Power Mix) - 7:40
  5. "Union City Blue" (OPM Poppy Mix) - 8:48
  6. "Union City Blue" (Diddy's Power & Passion Mix) - 8:34
  7. "I Feel Love" (Live) - 7:53
  • * Identical to the UK Diddy's Power & Passion Edit mix.

Chart peaks[edit]

Chart (1979-1980) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[3] 54
Irish Singles Chart[4] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 47
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 13
Chart (1995) Peak
position
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 31
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[7] 30

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered on several occasions, notably by The Railway Children and Radiohead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lester Bangs (1980), Blondie, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 9780671255404 
  2. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Margot at the Wedding review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Blondie – Union City Blue". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  4. ^ "Union City Blue in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  Only one result when searching "Union City Blue"
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Blondie – Union City Blue". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ a b "Blondie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Blondie awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 

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