2/4. Classic Singles. Tony Visconti continues his look at the enduring appeal of certain pop 45s with Blondie's widely adored transatlantic smash Heart of Glass. Their fifth UK chart hit, it marked a radical shift from their signature new wave sound, thanks to producer Mike Chapman 's controversial disco imprint, and finally broke the band in their native America. Characterised by Deborah Harry 's sensual and slurred delivery, Heart of Glass sold a million copies in the UK alone on the strength of a mere 12 weeks in the charts in early 1979.
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