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Blondie - Rapture (1980) - Disco Dance Version from the 1978 film, "Jennifer"

fascinating, rhythmic, discoish

This is the pretend version without the "Man from Mars" rap.


Here is the story:

"Rapture" is a song by the American pop/rock band Blondie from their fifth studio album, Autoamerican (1980).


In January 1981, "Rapture" was released as the second and final single from the album. The song became their fourth and last single to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. It was the first No. 1 song in the U.S. to feature rap vocals. The song peaked at No. 4 in Australia and No. 5 in the United Kingdom.


History

"Rapture" is a combination of disco, funk, and hip hop with the rap section forming an extended coda.[2][3] The song title "Rapture" served to indicate this element. While it was not the first single featuring rapping to be commercially successful, it was the first to top the charts. Its lyrics were especially notable for namechecking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.


Music video

The music video made its U.S. television debut on Solid Gold on January 31, 1981,[4] and not only became the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV, but was part of its first 90-video rotation.[5] Set in the East Village section of Manhattan, the "Man from Mars" or "voodoo god" (dancer William Barnes in the white suit and top hat) is the introductory and central figure. Barnes also choreographed the piece.[6] Much of the video is a one-take scene of Debbie Harry dancing down the street, passing by graffiti artists, Uncle Sam, an American Indian, child ballet dancer, and a goat. Fab Five Freddy and graffiti artists Lee Quinones and Jean-Michel Basquiat make cameo appearances. Basquiat was hired when Grandmaster Flash did not show for the filming.[7][8] The UK 7" version of the song is used in the video.


Personnel

Deborah Harry – vocals

Clem Burke – drums

Jimmy Destri – electric keyboards

Nigel Harrison – bass

Frank Infante – guitar

Chris Stein – guitar, timpani

Tom Scott – saxophones


Versions

The versions appearing on the U.S. and UK 7" and 12" singles were quite different. The US 7" single, also issued with a different cover picture, used the Autoamerican album version and the US 12" single used a version with an additional verse, making it just 40 seconds longer. For the UK and other market single releases, producer Mike Chapman remixed the track completely. The Special Disco Mix has a different intro, a longer instrumental break with new percussion overdubbed and includes the extra verse, making it ten minutes long. The UK 7" version (4:59) was an edit of this Special Disco Mix without the extra verse and a slightly different edit with the extra verse (5:33) appeared on the band's first 'greatest hits' compilation The Best of Blondie in 1981. The album track "Live It Up" was also extended and remixed for the B-side of the non-U.S. 12" single. This 8-minute version was included on the 1994 UK CD edition of Autoamerican and was re-issued as part of EMI's 15-disc Blondie Singles Box in 2004.


Blondie re-recorded the song for their 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever which included their 10th studio album Ghosts of Download and marked the 40th anniversary of the forming of the band.


The picture of Debbie Harry used for the UK editions of the original 7" and 12" "Rapture" singles was later used for the cover of 1995 compilation Beautiful: The Remix Album.

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