One Way or Another

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"One Way or Another"
Side-A label of U.S. vinyl single
Single by Blondie
from the album Parallel Lines
B-side "Just Go Away"
Released 1979
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1978
Length 3:31
Label Chrysalis (US)
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"Sunday Girl"
"One Way or Another"
Alternative cover art
Artwork of French vinyl release

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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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Rolling Stone ranked the song #298 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[7]

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]

The song is featured in Driver: Parallel Lines.[18]


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  3. ^ Cateforis, Theo (2011). Are We Not New Wave? : Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s. University of Michigan Press. p. 139. ISBN 0-472-03470-7. 
  4. ^ Che, Cathy (1999). Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde. Cornwall: MPG Books Ltd. p. 83. 
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  6. ^ "Blondie – Live (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (1-500) at the Wayback Machine (archived October 25, 2006). Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
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  11. ^ "Chart Log UK – Weekly Update Sales 2013". Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 32, No. 13, December 22, 1979". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ Phares, Heather. "Original Soundtrack – The Guru [Universal]". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Aquamarine (2006) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ "One Direction to record Red Nose Day 2013 single". Metro. December 9, 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Must Be The Music 6, odc. 2: Terra Bite dali czadu! Posłuchaj!" (in Polish). September 9, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "One Way Or Another – Single by Until The Ribbon Breaks". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Driver Parallel Lines Goes 1970s". IGN. February 14, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 

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