Song Details More songs by Blondie
Heart Of Glass
Blondie
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Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind
1979
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979 for one week
  • peaked at No. 7 on the Dance Music chart in 1995
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1979
  • single released: Jan 3, 1979
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • from Blondie's third studio album, Parallel Lines (1978)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #259 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the first hit single for Blondie and the first of four No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 in their career
  • Blondie had been playing an early version of "Heart of Glass" titled "Once I Had A Love (The Disco Song)" in their live set for about five years previous to their recording of the track for Parallel Lines
  • on the record:
         Deborah Harry - vocals
         Chris Stein - guitar
         Frank Infante - guitar
         Nigel Harrison - bass guitar
         Jimmy Destri - keyboards
         Clem Burke - drums, drum machine (Roland CompuRhythm CR-78)
  • written by Debbie Harry, Chris Stein
  • Deborah Harry: “Heart of Glass” was pretty set from the beginning. Once we had the track nailed down, it stayed that way since 1975—that’s when we first started working on it. We were very raw and minimalist then. Simulta­neously, the advent of synthesizers came into play, and all the little gadgetry and rhythm machines. It took us three to five days just to get that track! I was always frustrated by the analog. It was so labor-intensive, that whole process. Your ideas sometimes sort of slide away or become less clear.
  • guitarist Chris Stein: It was such a big deal just to get the damn synthesizer to sync with the rhythm machine. Now 8-year-olds are doing that stuff on GarageBand.
  • produced by Mike Chapman
  • recorded at Record Plant, New York, NY
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