I had the pleasure of talking to Debbie Harry at the Belvedere IX bash in Cannes this week. Here’s what the Blondie legend had to say!
Are you looking forward to performing at the Belvedere bash?
You know what it’s just going to be wild and fun! I think I had some requests for some of the material and threw in a song I recorded with Moby that I did. It was released but didn’t go very far. It wasn’t a big release – it was more a bit of fun. It’s called New York New York.
Do you still get a big buzz from live performing?
I love being on stage and it’s just great. I’m at the point in my career where people are there because they want to be.
Lady Gaga has been compared to a modern day Debbie Harry – what are your thoughts? And have you seen her live?
Lady Gaga is wonderful. I love all that. I went to see her show in New York and it was a confusion on my part. I was either two hours too soon, or two hours too late. I didn’t really want to wait around so I will have to catch her another time.
Would you like to perform with Lady Gaga?
I’d love to perform with Lady Gaga. She’s wonderful and having a great time. She’s bringing a lot to what she does. As a fellow New Yorker I appreciate her punkness. I appreciate her tribute to style, being outrageous and playing around.
How do you stay looking so youthful?
I just do what everybody does. I work out. Lately I’ve been working out a lot. I’ve been training consistently for about a year now. I do treadmills and everything. I’m pro everything you can do to feel better and make yourself look better. I have no qualms about surgery whatsoever.
I don’t want to look like I’ve had a load of surgery. I think I’m at the point where I can see the way things are heading as far as ageing goes. I’m trying to figure it out just so that I’m happy. You need to be content with how you are and how you look. And a very good surgeon helps. But they can only do so much and you start to look like this (pulling her face back). There’s a model called Carmen that I think has aged very gracefully. She’s aged beautifully. It has to do with health and outlook. I think I’m lucky in lots of ways. Some days I even like what I look like in the mirror!
You are apparently rapping on one of your new tracks – how was that?
I am rapping. Well, I’m trying. It’s sort of pathetic in a way but I love it and can’t help myself. I really like Ludacris. I like a lot of them. I haven’t heard anything from Missy Elliot for a while but I think she’s tops.
Is it true you are working on a brand new Blondie album?
We’re working on a new album – there’s new material and writing. Demoing things and hopefully within the next six months we’ll have something finished. We’re not at the point where we’re in the studio all together yet – it’s in the elementary stages. We’re composing and making tracks and stuff. It’s an on going process with me. I put on my solo album two years ago and then I’m straight back into another record. If you’re a Blondie fan then you’ll love it.