Blondes Have More Fun

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Blondes Have More Fun
Rod Stewart - Blondes Have More Fun (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released17 November 1978
Recorded1978
GenreRock, disco
Length43:09
LabelRiva, Warner Bros.
ProducerTom Dowd
Rod Stewart chronology
Foot Loose & Fancy Free
(1977)
Blondes Have More Fun
(1978)
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
(1979)
Singles from Blondes Have More Fun
  1. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
    Released: 10 November 1978
  2. "Ain't Love a Bitch"
    Released: January 1979
  3. "Blondes (Have More Fun)"
    Released: April 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
Rolling Stone(unfavourable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[4]

Blondes Have More Fun is Rod Stewart's ninth album, released in November 1978. As was the popular musical trend at the time, it is Stewart's foray into disco music, which although commercially successful, was critically divisive. The lead single "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" became one of Stewart's biggest hits, peaking at No.1 in both the UK and US. The album has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.

Overview[edit]

After carving a highly successful career throughout the 1970s as a rock singer, Stewart elected to follow the disco trend that was at its peak in 1978 for some tracks of this album. The first single was "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" which became a number one hit in the UK, US, Australia and a number of other countries.[5][6][7] Many critics panned the direction of song towards disco, but it nevertheless became one of his biggest hits. Stewart has since defended the song commenting that Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones had also dabbled with disco music by this time.[8] The second single was "Ain't Love a Bitch", which became a No.11 hit in the UK and No.22 in the US.[9][7] The third and final single "Blondes (Have More Fun)" peaked at 63 in the UK, his lowest-charting single there at this time, but performed better in Ireland at No.23.[9][10]

The album itself peaked at No.3 in the UK, being certified platinum by Christmas and was a No.1 hit in the US, where it went double platinum.[11] It also charted within the top ten in a host of other countries.

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings) – 5:31[a]
  2. "Dirty Weekend" (Stewart, Gary Grainger) – 2:36
  3. "Ain't Love a Bitch" (Stewart, Grainger) – 4:39
  4. "The Best Days of My Life" (Stewart, Jim Cregan) – 4:21
  5. "Is That the Thanks I Get?" (Stewart, Cregan) – 4:32

Side two

  1. "Attractive Female Wanted" (Stewart, Grainger) – 4:17
  2. "Blondes (Have More Fun)" (Stewart, Cregan) – 3:46
  3. "Last Summer" (Stewart, Philip Chen) – 4:05
  4. "Standin' in the Shadows of Love" (Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland) – 4:28
  5. "Scarred and Scared" (Stewart, Grainger) – 4:54

a Stewart has acknowledged that the song inadvertently incorporates the melody from the song "Taj Mahal" by Jorge Ben Jor, although Ben Jor was not given a writing credit.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Tom Dowd – producer, mixing
  • Andy Johns – engineer, mixing
  • George Tutko – assistant engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978/9) Position
Austria[12] 10
Australia[13] 1
Germany[14] 3
Netherlands[12] 3
New Zealand[12] 1
Norway[12] 2
Sweden[12] 1
UK[9] 3
US 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[16] none 441,800 [15]*

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  5. ^ "Australia n°1 Hits – 70's". Worldcharts.co.uk. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  6. ^ "1978 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive – 2 December 1978". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Rod Stewart awards on AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b Stewart, Rod. Rod: The Autobiography (2012): 225-226
  9. ^ a b c Official UK Charts – Rod Stewart
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – All There Is To Know". irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  11. ^ Rod Stewart fanclub – Blondes Have More Fun
  12. ^ a b c d e Swedish Charts – Blondes Have More Fun
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  14. ^ Official German Charts – Rod Stewart
  15. ^ https://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=700
  16. ^ "French album certifications – Rod Stewart – Blondes have more fun" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.