Blondie ~AutoAmerican. The Tide is High but I’m not holding onto this album! This was an unexpectedly horrible album. I wanted to love it because I love that song ~ but the album was just too out there. Rethrift.
Autoamerican is the fifth studio album by the US new wave band Blondie. It was released in November 1980 and reached #3 in the UK charts, #8 in Australia and #7 in the US. The album proved to be a radical departure for the band, with opening track “Europa” setting the pace. The track was a dramatic instrumental overture featuring orchestral arrangements and ending with vocalist Debbie Harry reciting a poem about the importance of the car in American society. Besides rock and pop tracks, the band explored a wide range of other musical genres: “Here’s Looking At You” and “Faces” show jazz and blues influences, the reggae hit “The Tide Is High” was a cover of The Paragons‘ 1965 Jamaican ska hit, whereas “Rapture” combined funk, rock, jazz, and even saw them embracing the then budding genre of rap. The closing track, “Follow Me”, was a cover of a torch song from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe‘s 1960 Broadway musicalCamelot, based on the King Arthur legend. The band released two singles from this album, “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture“. “The Tide Is High” hit #1 in several countries, including the U.S. and the UK. “Rapture” became the first rap song not only to be released from the band but also the first ever to reach #1 on the singles chart in the U.S.