One Way or Another

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"One Way or Another"
Single by Blondie
from the album Parallel Lines
B-side "Just Go Away"
Released 1979
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1978
Genre Power pop[1]
Length 3:31
Label Chrysalis (US)
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
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"One Way or Another" is a song by American band Blondie from the album Parallel Lines. The song was released as the fourth single in the US and Canada as the follow-up to the no. 1 hit "Heart of Glass". "One Way or Another" reached no. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no. 7 on the RPM 100 Singles.

Song information[edit]

Written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison for the band's third studio album, Parallel Lines (1978), the song was inspired by one of Harry's ex-boyfriends who stalked her after their breakup.[2]

The song was included on the US and Canadian versions of the band's first hits compilation, The Best of Blondie (1981), as it was released as a single there, but not on the international releases. Although never officially released as a single in the United Kingdom, the song charted there in February 2013 due to the success of One Direction's cover/mashup "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)".

Blondie released a manipulated live version of the song (with the audience noise removed) as the theme for the 1999 US television series Snoops. This version was released in the US as a bonus track on the Live live album.[3] The original un-edited live version was later included on the European edition of Live, which was re-titled Livid, instead of the manipulated one.[4]

Rolling Stone ranked the song #298 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

US 7" (CHS 2336)
  1. "One Way or Another" (Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry) – 3:31
  2. "Just Go Away" (Harry) – 3:21
US 12" promo (CHS 10 PDJ)
  1. "One Way or Another" (Harrison, Harry) – 3:31


Cover versions[edit]

Use in popular culture[edit]

"One Way or Another" is featured in the films Little Darlings (1980), My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987), Carpool (1996), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Donnie Brasco (1997), Coyote Ugly (2000), Mean Girls (2004), Three and Out (2008), The Spy Next Door (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), Puss in Boots (2011) and So Undercover (2012). It also plays over the end credits of the film Seed of Chucky (2004). It is heard in the opening and closing moments of The A-Team episode "Incident at Crystal Lake", and the Mexican flash animated comedy film El Agente 00-P2 during a car chase. It plays in the Supernatural episode "My Heart Will Go On" (season 6, episode 17), over the "Sam and Dean can die at any second" montage. Debbie Harry performed the song as the opening act of her episode of The Muppet Show in 1981. It was also in an episode of Psych. It is featured in an episode of Bob's Burgers.

This song was also featured in film trailers such as Undertaking Betty (2002), The Pink Panther (2006) and Furry Vengeance (2010).

The song is a playable track in the video games Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades. It is also featured in Driver: Parallel Lines.[16] It featured in several 2004 Swiffer commercials[citation needed] and appeared in The Simpsons episode "Bart-Mangled Banner".[citation needed] Actress Kristen Bell sang a karaoke version in one episode of the TV series Veronica Mars.[17] Actress Jorja Fox sang the song during one episode of the first season of the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[citation needed] In The Rugrats Movie (1998), Angelica sings the song with different lyrics (written by Eryk Casemiro); the soundtrack album includes a longer version of the song heard in the movie.[citation needed] It was featured in the third season of Glee in an episode entitled "Mash Off" where the character Santana Lopez sang the song as part of a mash up with "Hit Me with Your Best Shot".[citation needed] It was featured in the second season of The Glee Project, in the sixth episode entitled "Fearlessness". The contestants had to sing the same mashup as Lopez in Glee.[citation needed] The song is the title track for Channel 4's 2005–2006 drama Sugar Rush.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Che, Cathy (1999). Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde. Cornwall: MPG Books Ltd. p. 83. 
  3. ^ "Blondie – Live (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Blondie – Live (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (1-500) at the Wayback Machine (archived October 25, 2006). Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 4408." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4725a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "Parallel Lines – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chart Log UK – Weekly Update Sales 2013". Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 32, No. 13, December 22, 1979". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Phares, Heather. "Original Soundtrack – The Guru [Universal]". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Aquamarine (2006) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ "One Direction to record Red Nose Day 2013 single". Metro. December 9, 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Must Be The Music 6, odc. 2: Terra Bite dali czadu! Posłuchaj!" (in Polish). September 9, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ "One Way Or Another – Single by Until The Ribbon Breaks". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Driver Parallel Lines Goes 1970s". IGN. February 14, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ Monez, Mindy (September 3, 2009). "The Telefile". Television Without Pity. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 

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