No Exit (Blondie album)

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No Exit
Blondie - No Exit.png
Studio album by Blondie
Released February 15, 1999 (1999-02-15)
Recorded 1998
Studio Chung King House of Metal, Electric Lady Studios, Red Night Recording (New York City)
Genre
Length 59:05
Label Beyond
Producer Craig Leon
Blondie chronology
The Hunter
(1982)
No Exit
(1999)
The Curse of Blondie
(2003)
Singles from No Exit
  1. "Maria"
    Released: February 1, 1999
  2. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl"
    Released: June 1, 1999
  3. "No Exit"
    Released: October 22, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

No Exit is the seventh studio album by American rock band Blondie, released on February 15, 1999, by Beyond Records. It was the band's first album in 17 years and features the UK number-one single "Maria".

Overview[edit]

As was customary for a Blondie album, No Exit dabbled in many genres, including pop, reggae, and hip hop. Mike Chapman, who had produced all but the first two of Blondie's previous albums, produced some of the early demos for the album, though final production of the album fell to Craig Leon.

A cover of The Shangri-Las' 1965 song "Out in the Streets" was also included on the album. It was originally recorded by the band in 1975 while they were trying to get a record deal. The demo version was first issued on EMI's 1994 anthology The Platinum Collection and was later included on the 2001 remaster of the band's eponymous debut studio album.

A huge comeback promotional tour was launched preceding the release of the album, which spanned 13 months and visited Europe, North America and Oceania.

Release and reception[edit]

No Exit reached number three on the UK Albums Chart, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. It was preceded by the single "Maria", which became Blondie's sixth UK number one, exactly 20 years after the band's first number one, "Heart of Glass", making them the first American band to have chart-topping UK singles in three different decades: 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.[6] A second single, "Nothing Is Real but the Girl", peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. The title track, "No Exit", was released as a limited-edition third single in Europe, and is a fusion of classical, hip hop and rock, and featured raps by Mobb Deep, Coolio, U-God, and Inspectah Deck.

The album was released in several editions in different countries with various bonus tracks, mainly live versions of songs recorded during the band's No Exit Tour. The album was also reissued in 2001 along with all of Blondie's other studio albums, this time including three bonus tracks.[7]

Chris Stein commented on the title of the album in a 2004 interview: "The title was taken from a Sartre play, which says there's no madness in individuals, it's all in groups. I think that's probably what all these reality TV shows are about. Maybe we were a reality TV show before there was reality TV."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Screaming Skin"
5:37
2. "Forgive and Forget (Pull Down the Night)" Stein Stein 4:31
3. "Maria" Jimmy Destri Destri 4:51
4. "No Exit"
  • Destri
  • Stein
4:19
5. "Double Take" Harry Stein 4:12
6. "Nothing Is Real but the Girl" Destri Destri 3:13
7. "Boom Boom in the Zoom Zoom Room"
  • Harry
  • Ashby
4:08
8. "Night Wind Sent"
  • Harry
  • Ashby
  • Foxx
  • Stein
4:40
9. "Under the Gun" (for Jeffrey Lee Pierce) Stein Stein 4:09
10. "Out in the Streets"
  • Greenwich
  • Barry
3:03
11. "Happy Dog" (for Caggy)
  • Harry
  • Ashby
Stein 3:24
12. "The Dream's Lost on Me" Ashby
  • Stein
  • Harry
3:19
13. "Divine"
  • Burke
  • Valentine
  • Burke
  • Valentine
4:14
14. "Dig Up the Conjo" Destri
  • Stein
  • Harry
  • Destri
4:55

Notes

  • On the 2001 reissue, tracks 15 to 17 are sequenced as one track with total duration 17:51.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of No Exit.[8]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Blondie". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved April 15, 2006. 
  3. ^ Mirkin, Steven (February 19, 1999). "No Exit". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (February 10, 2003). "Blondie: No Exit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blondie: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Blondie overview". rockhall.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  7. ^ "No Exit". recmod.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  8. ^ No Exit (CD liner notes). Blondie. Beyond Records. 1999. 7432164114. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
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  12. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 7488." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blondie – No Exit" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 111 no. 10. March 6, 1999. p. 75. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Blondie – No Exit". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Blondie – No Exit" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 111 no. 13. March 27, 1999. p. 71. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blondie – No Exit". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Blondie – No Exit". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "Blondie | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  22. ^ "Blondie – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Blondie. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 1999" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  24. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 1999". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  25. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 949. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  26. ^ "British album certifications – Blondie – No Exit". British Phonographic Industry. March 12, 1999. Retrieved January 8, 2017.  Enter No Exit in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search