Maria (Blondie song)

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"Maria"
Blondie - Maria.jpg
Single by Blondie
from the album No Exit
Released February 1, 1999
Format CD single, Cassette, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1998
Genre Rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Length 4:51 (album version)
4:09 (single edit)
Label Beyond Music
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Destri
Producer(s) Craig Leon
Blondie singles chronology
"War Child"
(1982)
"Maria"
(1999)
"Nothing Is Real but the Girl"
(1999)
Alternative cover
US edition of the "Maria" single with alternative cover art.
US edition of the "Maria" single with alternative cover art.
Audio sample
Music video
"Maria" (Live) on YouTube

"Maria" is a song by the American band Blondie, taken from their 1999 album No Exit. The band's first single release since "War Child" in July 1982, "Maria" marked Blondie's return to the charts after an almost 17-year absence. It reached number one in the United Kingdom; Blondie's sixth UK chart-topper (and their first since 1980).

Overview and chart success[edit]

"Maria" was written by the band's keyboardist Jimmy Destri, who had also penned some of their earlier hits such as "Atomic". A line from the song: "...like a millionaire/walking on imported air", was used in a previous Blondie track, "Walk Like Me" (also written by Destri), from the album Autoamerican (1980).

In the UK, "Maria" was released as a two-CD set, the first containing remixes of the song,[1] and the second containing live versions of "Screaming Skin" (a track from the No Exit album), and their very first hit single "In the Flesh". Both were recorded during Blondie's No Exit Tour.[2] The song gave Blondie their sixth UK number-one single (and their first chart-topper in 18 years, after "The Tide Is High" in November 1980). Topping the singles chart in February 1999, the release of "Maria" came exactly 20 years after Blondie's first number-one hit, "Heart of Glass".[3]

"Maria" also topped the charts in Greece and Spain, and was a top 10 hit in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland. In the US, however, "Maria" was not a successful hit for the band, stalling at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100, although it did reach number 14 on the Adult Top 40 listing.[4]

The song was included on the 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever, which included their tenth studio album, Ghosts of Download, and marked the 40th anniversary of the band's formation.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Maria" was directed by Roman Coppola (credited as Alan Smithee), and is set in New York City. Parts of New York through night-vision goggles are seen before zooming into an apartment where Blondie are performing. Mysterious dark-clothed individuals are seen spying around different buildings setting up spy equipment. Toward the end of the video, one of the dark-clothed individuals aims a sniper rifle towards lead singer Deborah Harry, and fires a bullet at her. Smashing through a window, a light bulb and the microphone, Harry simply grabs the bullet from the air and examines it as the surveillance systems are switched off.

Release history[edit]

All tracks written by Jimmy Destri unless otherwise noted.

UK CD 1

  1. "Maria" (Radio Edit) – 4:09
  2. "Maria" (Soul Solution Remix Radio Edit) – 4:08
  3. "Maria" (Talvin Singh Remix Edit) – 4:39

UK CD 2

  1. "Maria" (Radio Edit) – 4:09
  2. "Screaming Skin" (Live) (Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Romy Ashby, Leigh Foxx) – 6:05
  3. "In the Flesh" (Live) (Harry, Stein) - 2:56

UK CD 3 (promo only)

  1. "Maria" (Radio Edit) – 4:09
  2. "Maria" (Talvin Singh Rhythmic Remix) – 7:26

UK Cassette

  1. "Maria" (Radio Edit) – 4:09
  2. "Maria" (Soul Solution Remix Radio Edit) – 4:08

US CD

  1. "Maria" (Soul Solution Full Remix) – 9:27
  2. "Maria" (Talvin Singh Remix) – 7:27
  3. "Maria" (Talvin Singh Rhythmic Remix Edit) – 4:39
  4. "Maria" (Album Version) – 4:51

US 12" 1

  1. "Maria" (Soul Solution Full Remix) – 9:27
  2. "Maria" (Soul Solution Bonus Beats)
  3. "Maria" (Talvin Singh Remix) – 7:27
  4. "Maria" (Talvin Singh Rhythmic Remix Edit) – 4:39
  5. "Maria" (Album Version) – 4:51

US 12" 2[5]

  1. "Maria" (Ether Dub)
  2. "Maria" (White Trash Dub)

Mexico CD (promo only)

  1. "Maria" (Radio Edit) – 4:12
  2. "Maria" (Album Version) – 4:51
  3. "Maria" (Soul Solution Radio Edit) – 4:08

Thailand CD (promo only)[6]

  1. "Maria" (Radio Edit) – 4:09
  2. "Maria" (Talvin Singh Rhythmic Remix) – 7:26
  3. "Maria" (Soul Solution Remix Radio Edit) – 4:08
  4. "Maria" (Album Version) – 4:51
  5. Radio Sampler of album "Best Music From Blah Blah Blah" – 7:03

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ "Top 10 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
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  34. ^ "Romanian Top 100: Top of the Year 1999" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on January 22, 2005. 
  35. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 1999" (in Swedish). Hitlistan. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
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  38. ^ "British single certifications – Blondie – Maria". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Maria in the search field and then press Enter.

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