“HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE” BLONDIE
Debbie Harry is so iconic that when you think of the band Blondie, you think of her, temporarily forgetting that’s the name of her band. One of the first New York New Wave/punk bands to jump on the music video concept as a promotional tool. Those vintage 70’s and early 80’s songs by Blondie have attitude, rebellion, and the ability to sneak some punk spirit into pop melodies. “Hanging On The Telephone” has been covered by L7, Def Leppard, even Roxette, but Blondie’s version is the most recognized. Incidentally, they are actually covering this song from an obscure pop band called The Nerves.
“SEPTEMBER WHEN IT COMES” ROSANNE CASH with JOHNNY CASH
Rosanne Cash’s rocky relationship with her father, The Man In Black, the legendary Johnny Cash mirrors my situation with my late father. Her admiration, love, respect, and disappointment battled Rosanne’s psyche for the short years that she was able to spend with her father. A cherished song in Rosanne Cash’s catalog is her duet with Johnny on the haunting, “life is too short” tune, September When It Comes. It was released on her 2003 album, Rules of Travel, and will give you goosebumps when you first hear his voice on the track.
“UNTIL YOU WERE GONE” CHIPMUNK with ESMEE DENTERS
He’s been called the “Dutch Timberlake”, Chipmunk, is a young pop star that has been an international hitmaker but still an unknown in the States. A pop ditty enhanced with a little hip hop flair needed a little something more to become a Top 10 hit. So Chipmunk invited the beautiful Esmee Denters to sing the hook. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy creatively described the song, “As far as collaborations go, this one takes the biscuit, dunks it in a cuppa, and then cheekily asks for another.”