French Kissin (song)

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"French Kissin"
Debbie Harry - French Kissin' (US).jpg
Single by Debbie Harry
from the album Rockbird
ReleasedNovember 1986
LabelGeffen (US)
Chrysalis (UK)
Songwriter(s)Chuck Lorre
Producer(s)Seth Justman
Debbie Harry singles chronology
"Feel the Spin"
"French Kissin"
"Free to Fall"
Audio sample
"French Kissin"
Alternative cover

"French Kissin" (also known as "French Kissin in the USA") is a 1986 song recorded by the American singer Debbie Harry. Released in 1986, it was the first single to be taken from her album Rockbird. The song was written by Chuck Lorre, who would later create a series of hit sitcoms.

Song information[edit]

The song was released as the album's lead single in November 1986, and became a moderate radio hit in the US, peaking at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also Harry's biggest success in the UK, where it reached #8 (her only solo Top 10 single there to date).

For promotion, Harry did a live performance of "French Kissin" and "In Love with Love" on Saturday Night Live, as well as a handful of television interviews in the UK and U.S. in late 1986. A music video (with a cameo by actress Katey Sagal) was also made and subsequently played on music video channels. Besides the regular formats 7" and 12" the single was also released as a limited edition 12" picture disc in the UK.

Harry also recorded a French-language version of the track which was released as the B-side of other Rockbird singles and was also included on the 1988 Blondie/Debbie Harry remix compilation Once More into the Bleach.

A cover of the song by Carol Chapman was also featured in the 1987 film Can't Buy Me Love and the 1989 film Troop Beverly Hills.

Track listing[edit]

US 7", UK 7" & UK Poster Sleeve 7"

  1. "French Kissin" (7" Edit) (Chuck Lorre[1]) – 4:09
  2. "Rockbird" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) – 3:09

US 12", UK 12" & UK 12" Picture Disc

  1. "French Kissin" (Dance Mix) (Chuck Lorre) – 7:25
  2. "French Kissin" (Dub Version) (Chuck Lorre) – 8:02
  3. "Rockbird" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) – 3:09

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1986-87) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 4
Belgium 15
Netherlands 32
Germany 28
Ireland 8
Italy 47
South Africa Airplay 8
UK 8
US Billboard Hot 100 57
US Cash Box Top 100[3] 51
US Dance Maxi-Singles Sales 44


  1. ^ Chuck Lorre. "Vanity Card #243". Retrieved 2008-05-13.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^

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